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Phillies 2, Twins 1: Close, But No Cigar

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The Twins waste an absolute gem from José Berríos

Minnesota Twins v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Twins had pretty much the best possible start to this afternoon’s game in Philadelphia. Max Kepler hit his third home run in three days on the 4th pitch he saw to put the Twins up 1-0. They had the opportunity to add to that lead in the 4th, when Marwin Gonzalez was sent home on a base hit from Ehire Adrianza. Unfortunately for Gonzalez and the Twins, Andrew McCutchen’s throw home was right on the money from left field. That ended the threat, and the Twins still led by the slimmest of margins.

José Berríos had a very strong start to the game, only allowing 1 hit through 5 and two-thirds. And then....

Rhys Hoskins took a 3-2 pitch just into the left field seats to give Philadelphia its first lead of the game in the 6th. It was a lengthy at bat, and Hoskins had to reach across the plate just to make contact. Eddie Rosario went back to the warning track to try and make the catch, but the ball was just out of his reach. Not much happened after that, and the score didn’t change at all. The lack of run support hurt Berríos, as the Twins weren’t able to do much of anything against Zach Eflin (not Zac Efron, as Dick Bremer helpfully pointed out early in the game).

STUDS:

José Berríos: 6IP, 2H, 2ER, 7K, 3BB

Bullpen: 2IP, 0ER

Max Kepler: 2-4, leadoff HR

Marwin Gonzalez: 2-4

DUDS:

CJ Cron: 0-4

Jonathan Schoop: 0-4

Byron Buxton: 0-3

ROLL CALL!

Thanks for spending part of your Sunday with us, everyone.