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Twins 3, Cleveland 2: Mitch hits the pitch

The bullpen tried, but just couldn’t quite ruin the day.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Adalberto Mejia started for the Twins after watching it rain for 2 hours, and he was pretty on point, giving up only a single hit and a single walk in his 5 innings of work. Meanwhile the Twins hitters fared a bit better against Carlos Carrasco, getting 10 hits (11 on the day) and 3 runs. Those three runs however, all were the result of one pitch.

In the second inning, Brian Dozier replacement/Eduardo Escobar replacement (the Logans have to be the new Eds now.) Logan Forsythe got hit by a pitch. Jake Cave, world’s happiest looking man, singled and then everyone was brought home by Relief pitcher/catcher Mitch Garver. Someone’s dad probably exclaimed “Garver?! I barely know ‘er!” and he should be ashamed of himself and his entire family line.

After Mitch’s dong the Twins did keep hitting, but nothing ever came of it. Eddie Rosario had a 4 hit game with two doubles (and a single that was TOOTBLANed into an out.) He also basically stole third, but didn’t get the base for real because Jorge Polanco was called out on batter’s interference. It was dumb. Get your shit together, baseball! The aforementioned Logan was also 2 for 2 with a walk to go with his getting-hit free base.

Unfortunately for Mejia, he left the game after the fifth with a left wrist strain and will likely see time on the DL. Gabriel Moya relieved him and he and Taylor Rogers would pitch back to back scoreless innings of relief. Yay!

Trevor Hildenberger didn’t get the “Pitch well” memo, however, and when he came to the mound for the 8th, the whole scene began to be torn asunder. Francisco Lindor did what he does and lead off the inning with a dinger to right-center. Two more singles (with a K sandwiched between them.) followed, ultimately letting Leonys Martin Sac Fly a runner in to bring the Cleveland ballclub within 1. Boo!

Hildenboiga got the next batter to strikeout, getting out of the inning with the lead barely in-tact. About here is where I would sprinkle in a joke if I was good at my job.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Fernando Rodney Experience! We’ve got lead off singles! We’ve got wild pitches (ruled passed balls, but whatever.) Today we’ve even got Francisco flippin’ Lindor batting with the tying run in scoring position!

And you know what else, folks? We’ve still got a win.

(So that should explain it.)

STUDS: Mejia, Ed, Logan 2, The Mitch, FRE

DUDS: Hildenberger