The Twins entered this game with a chance to sweep Cleveland on the road. Jose Berrios was not as sharp as he usually is today, and the lineup wasn’t able to make up for it.
In the 1st inning, Berrios walked two batters, and then gave up an RBI double to Jose Ramirez for the first Cleveland run. More trouble came in the 4th inning, as he was hit for 2 more runs, allowing a double and two singles. His final line was: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO.
On the offensive side, the lineup didn’t seem to have many answers for Cleveland’s starter Shane Bieber. At least, not until the 7th inning. Luis Arraez walked, and then Mitch Garver was hit by a pitch. Marwin Gonzalez followed with a single, scoring Arraez. Miguel Sano singled, loading the bases. Jake Cave was then hit by a pitch, scoring Garver. Jonathan Schoop struck out, but then Max Kepler blooped a single to center to tie the game. However, with the bases still loaded, Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz struck out, ending the inning.
After all of that, Carlos Santana drilled a solo home run to untie the game at 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th, off of Trevor May.
Arraez started the 8th with a double, but was stranded at 3rd. Tyler Duffey pitched a scoreless 8th, sending us to the 9th.
Brad Hand entered the game to close it out for Cleveland. Ehire Adrianza (pinch hitting for Cave) reached on an error by Jason Kipnis. Jonathan Schoop struck out yet again. Kepler and Polanco struck out to end the game.
The loss cuts the Twins division lead back to 6.5, but the Twins picked up a game in the standings overall by winning this series.
Up next, the Twins head back to Target Field to welcome the Mets.
Marwin Gonzalez: 3-4, R, RBI
Jorge Polanco: 0-5, 2 SO
Jonathan Schoop: 0-4, 2 SO
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