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Jose Berrios pitches scoreless inning in the 2018 All-Star Game

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The lone representative for the Twins wasn’t perfect, but he was close (and impressive).

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YOU DID US PROUD, BERRIOS!
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The Minnesota Twins — who slid into the All-Star Break with a 44-50 losing record — had (perhaps rightfully) only one representative for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game: young Puerto Rican pitcher Jose Berrios . Considering Berrios pitched 6.0 innings just three days ago, it wasn’t a given he’d even pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

However, he was Minnesota’s only representative, and he was excited to be there, so he did, in fact, pitch the 5th inning for the American League team — and it was a scoreless one at that! In fact, Berrios needed only 13 pitches to retire the National League team.

Here’s what happened:

  • Berrios faced Cubs catcher Willson Contreras to start the inning. He threw two balls to start the inning, before getting Contreras to ground out on the third pitch.
  • Next up was the Cubs’ Javier Baez — a fellow Puerto Rican who Berrios previously said he was both excited and nervous to face. Baez took a ball on the first pitch, then swung at the next two. He took the fourth pitch for a ball, before grounding out on the fifth. Winner: Jose Berrios.
  • Berrios then faced Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado, who he wisely walked on four pitches.
  • The fifth and final batter Berrios faced was the CardinalsYadier Molina (another catcher!), who flew out to the warning track in center on the first pitch. Not going to lie — it kinda scared me for a split second.

Here’s that Berrios had to tell the fans after his outing: