It’s finally happened. We knew this day would come, just not at the hands of the New York Mets. But it is what it is. The Minnesota Twins were swept for the first time this season and have now dropped three games in a row for the first time this season. Good teams lose and the Twins fan-base has been very lucky - maybe spoiled - to watch a good team like this go this far without a sweep or a three-game losing streak.
Wanna know how it happened?
The game was very back-and-forth out of the gate. The bottom of the second saw the Twins strike first. Max Kepler got on via a double with only one out; Miguel Sano would single to left field and drive Kepler in to bring the game to 1-0. Luis Arraez singled to get on as well, but Mitch Garver would line out to end the threat for the second inning. Nelson Cruz would step in with one out in the third inning and launch a pitch from Jason Vargas to left field for his 18th homer of the game, adding another run to the Twins’ total.
The Metropolitans would notch a run in the top of the third in response to the Twins’ first run. Amed Rosario homered off of Martin Perez for his tenth homer of the season. The Mets tied the game again in the fourth on an RBI double play off the bat of Todd Frazier. Setting up the double-play was courtesy of a poor throw from Sanó, allowing Pete Alonso to reach and eventually score on the aforementioned double-play.
Mitch Garver wanted to play with a lead, and so he took matters into his own hands, launching his 15th homer of the year to center field. The Twins had a 3-2 lead and it would look pretty darn different by the end of the day.
Pérez was going rolling through six innings, but after 83 pitches, manager Rocco Baldelli opted to make the call to the bullpen. Trevor May came in and would serve up a single, double, pop-up, and then a home run to Dominic Smith, making the score 5-3 in favor of the visitors. May was able to get out of the inning after a strikeout and inducing a groundout, but the damage was done.
The blow to the gut for the Twins was in the eight inning. Matt Magill came in to pitch in relief of May. After issuing a walk to Robinson Cano, Magill was able to strike out Frazier and Michael Conforto back-to-back. Then after issuing a single to Rosario, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a fly ball to the wall in left field, where Eddie Rosario dropped the ball, allowing two runners to score. Then the wheels came off the wagon: RBI double, RBI single, and an Alonso homer. 11-3 Mets.
The Twins were able to scrape across one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ehire Adrianza was called upon to pitch the ninth and allow three runs to score. The book was closed on the game with a score of 14-4.
A tough one to forget, but the team and fans will move on as the local nine starts a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics tomorrow at 7:10p. Mike Fiers will go for Oakland while the Twins look to rebound, sending Kyle Gibson to the hill.
Mets 14, Twins 4
W: Vargas (4-5)
L: May (3-3)
- Ehire Adrianza was able to notch a strikeout in his major-league pitching apperance. On the flip side, his ERA is 27.00.
- Twins pitching allowed 14 runs today - only seven of them were earned.
- Matt Magill should feel #blessed - none of the six runs scored while he was pitching were earned.
- Mitch Garver: 2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR
- Nelson Cruz: 1-4, R, RBI, K, HR
- Martin Perez: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 4 K, dat QS
- Miguel Sano: E5
- Eddie Rosario: 0-4, RBI, very costly E7
- Trevor May: 1 IP, 3 ER, K, L, BS
COMMENT OF THE GAME THREAD
The Twins didn’t sweep, but Uncle Lincoln swept COTG this series, showing us how to easy it is to report Joel (no glasses needed).
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Thank you to all who joined us for the game today!