Jose Berrios’ nickname is La Maquina, which means “The Machine.” Today, he was a strikeout machine. Berrios sat down eight Royals in seven innings. He surrendered six hits, but only one run.
Danny Duffy, for the Royals, was even more confounding. He pitched six scoreless innings, and struck out the hapless Twins line-up nine times. Unfortunately for Duffy, Kansas City’s bullpen wanted to lose more than Minnesota’s.
Tim Hill, who is totally not a made up person or anything, gave up two runs in the seventh. Brandon Maurer gave up the third run, and owns an awesome looking 12.34 ERA. That number is also not made up.
Kansas City’s run was the lone blemish on Berrios’ record, and it came in the third. Alcides Escobar hit a double to score Alex Gordon. A guy name Escobar hit a double, we should be used to that. Gordon has always been a thorn in the Twins’ side, so this shouldn’t be surprising.
The score stayed one to nothing until the seventh, when the Twins strung together a bit of a rally. Jake Cave continued his role as cult hero, replacing Bobby Wilson at second base after the burly catcher hit a double. Joe Mauer hit a single, moving Cave to third. Eddie Rosario did his “Ed” thing, and hit a ball on the ground to advance both runners. Brian Dozier took a walk. Eduardo Escobar wasn’t about to let the “Ed” thing end, and plated Mauer with a single.
The Twins piranha’d in an insurance run in the eighth. Jorge Polanco took a walk. Jake Cave, the folk hero, hit a single to advance Polanco, and then Mauer sent Polanco home with yet another single.
Joe Mauer 3-5, RBI
Eduardo Escobar 3-4 RBI
Jose Berrios 7IP, 1ER, 8K
YEAH RIGHT!!! NO DUDS, TWINS WIN 5 IN A ROW
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Hayden A (I think this is two days in a row) poking fun at the opposing manager: More like Red Yost because he’s red in the face