The Twins offense inputted one run in the top of the first, and that was all the fuel La MaKina needed to output a win. The staff ace turned in a stellar outing, going 7.0 innings while only allowing 4 hits (all in separate innings). He only had 5 strikeouts today, although he used great movement on his pitches to induce lots of weak contact. Trevor, Trevor, and Taylor finished up the game, allowing two hits (both off Rogers) and striking out one. Additionally, Twins pitchers had 0(!!) walks today. Somewhere (and by somewhere I mean Gardy’s basement), Rick Anderson is smiling.
Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez struggled mightily with his control in the first inning, giving up two singles and two walks, with the second (to Marwin Gonzalez) sending Kepler home for the Twins’ first run. However, Sanchez settled down quickly after the first, using a looping curve to baffle many of the Twins to the tune of four hits and one walk.
Mitch Garver refused to be baffled. After an Eddie Rosario bloop single, Mitchy Moonshot sent a Sanchez fastball 424 feet, reaching the second deck in left-center. It was his 7th dinger of the year. Despite taking a broken bat to the neck behind the plate in the first inning, the scorching-hot GarvSauce paced the deep and formidable Twins lineup with three hits in three tries, as well as a walk. After a long period of wandering since Joe Mauer’s catching days, the catching position leads the American League in virtually every traditional hitting statistic, including home runs and batting average (11 and .318, respectively, both of which will go up when today’s stats are entered). The three-headed monster that is Garver, Castro, and La Tortuga seems to be a resounding success of an experiment by mad scientist Baldelli thus far. If you’re interested in repping some Garver pride (or Berrios), check out this article.
Also, Cleveland lost today.
Jose Berrios: 7.0 IP, 5 K, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB
Mitch Garver: 3-3, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 Broken Bat to the Neck
NO DUDS TWINS WIN!!!
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