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Twins 5, Pirates 2: Five is more than two

And that’s how winning works!

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins
“I’m telling you Josh, birds are dinosaurs!”
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The Twins were very solid on both sides of the field. Starter Jake Odorizzi got into trouble early, making people everywhere (or maybe just me) ask “Odorizzi he bad today, or Odorisn’t he?”

Odorizzi gave up a single and a walk to start the second, the former of which would score when Francisco Cervelli doubled soon thereafter. An RBI groundout followed, but Ol’ Jake managed to wiggle his way out of the inning without further damage. His 3rd and 4th would be much, much smoother.

Very good pitcher Jameson Taillon was working on a perfect game entering the 4th, having flumoxed the Twins’ offense the first time through. Too bad for him Joe “No-Hitter No Problem” Mauer hit a soft single to left to fix that right up. Eddie Rosario doubled and then Jorge Polanco singled them both in; with aggrEDsive baserunner Rosario blowing through the stop sign at third to score anyway.

Miguel Sano grounded out. Max Kepler singled Polanco to third. Logan Forsythe flied out to shallow center, but the slack was picked up by superstar Jake Cave whose base knock drove in that sweet sweet go ahead run.

In a move very atypical of Twins fashion, the inning after going ahead Jake Odorizzi decided to just strike out the side instead of giving up the runs the team just got for him. Huh! Guess that works!

Back to back two out singles in the 6th would still spell the end of the day for the rose-scented Odorizzi. Tyler Duffey relieved him, struck Cervelli out and then pitched a scoreless 7th.

Taylor Rogers and Matt Magill worked very hard in the 8th to load the bases. Luckily Cervelli, apparently the only Pirates player I’ll need to mention in this recap, popped out and stranded them all.

The Twins would tack on two more in their half of the 8th when Miguel Sano Sanodoubtered a two run dingery-didgeridoo to right center. Trevor Hildenberger would face just three men in the 9th to nab the save.

STUDS: Sano, Polanco, Duffey


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Comment of the day goes to Brandon for posting this image which made me laugh-cry-hiccup-panic and then die. I’m dead now. A ghost wrote this.