A notable wind drove a whopping six long balls out of Camden Yards in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. With 22 combined hits, it was an offensively-driven game — but a close one nonetheless, as Minnesota barely escaped with a one-run victory.
Eddie Rosario and Willians Astudillo went back-to-back in the second, and Rosie added a solo shot to equalize the game in the sixth after Baltimore had stolen back the lead.
The homer-heavy attack was useful in keeping some momentum on Minnesota’s side. Twins starter Jose Berrios labored a bit through six innings, never facing the minimum and allowing three homers of his own.
The Twins added three runs in the 6th; Byron Buxton’s ninth double of the campaign plated a pair, and Nelson Cruz singled in Buxton to put Minnesota back out in front. But the O’s got one right back with a Pedro Severino homer in the same inning to make it a 6-4 Twins lead.
The dominant Taylor Rogers came into the eighth inning and instantly put men on the corners to start the inning. After two quick outs, Trey Mancini doubled down the right field line to bring Baltimore within one, but Rogers managed to get the third out on strikes with two men in scoring position.
Rogers, who used fifteen pitches to face six men in the eighth, returned for the bottom of the ninth with the slimmest of possible leads. This time, however, he was the more familiar version of himself, decisively striking out the side to secure the victory.
The back half of this doubleheader is about to begin...hopefully you’ll stick around to join us in the new game thread!
LF Eddie Rosario (3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, HR Rob)
1B Willians Astudillo (2-for-4, HR)
(The 9th-inning version of) RP Taylor Rogers (1 IP, 3 K)
NO DUDS! TWINS WIN!
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