MIN: Byron Buxton CF, Jorge Polanco SS, Luis Arraez 2B, Miguel Sano 1B, Eddie Rosario LF, Josh Donaldson DH, Jake Cave RF, Ehire Adrianza 3B, Alex Avila C, Kenta Maeda P
CHI: Yoan Moncado 3B, Jose Abreu 1B, Eloy Jimenez LF, Luis Robert CF, Yasmani Grandal C, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Nomar Mazara RF, Tim Anderson SS, Danny Mendick 2B, Dylan Cease P
Before the Twins’ big inning, the Pale Hose had an early lead. They scored in the first at bat of the ballgame, as Yoan Moncada hit a big fly over the right field wall. The Twins would never trail after the third inning though, and it was an inning of almost entirely moving station-to-station. The Twins loaded the bases with no outs via a single, a walk, and another single—this gave Jorge Polanco a golden opportunity. Polanco has been red hot, and delivered again with a double on the 3-2 pitch that brought in two runners. Contact specialist Luis Arraez followed him by collecting a RBI on his second single of the afternoon. Miguel Sano followed that by hitting another single, this one for two RBIs. Eddie Rosario broke the chain—he collected his RBI on a sac fly. Dylan Cease exited the game, but Josh Donaldson and Ehire Adrianza also added singles against reliever Christian Friedrich, the latter for another RBI.
Chicago scored two more in the fourth and one in the eighth, on walks and singles as well. The only other bomba of the game came in the seventh inning, off the bat of Miguel Sano.
- Fernando Romero was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Given his 15.63 ERA while pitching his “rehab assignment” in Rochester, I thought he might have snuck through unclaimed.
- The Twins had seven hits in the third inning today
- The Twins are the top team in the AL, and behind only the Dodgers (34-17) and Cardinals (33-20) overall
- Josh Donaldson is healthy, just got a little mini-rest, taking yesterday off and DH-ing today
Luis Arraez: 3-4, RBI
Jorge Polanco: 2-4, double, 2 RBI
Miguel Sano: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
No Duds, Twins win!
Tomorrow: Off day! Enjoy your Memorial Day, whatever form that takes this year. We’re back Tuesday for a road trip to play the Yankees. Yuck. First pitch at 6:05 pm (look for a recap around 9 pm)