MIN: Max Kepler RF, Jorge Polanco SS, Ehire Adrianza 2B, Miguel Sano 1B, Nelson Cruz DH, Jake Cave LF, Marwin Gonzalez 3B, Alex Avila C, Byron Buxton CF, Jake Odorizzi P
TOR: Cavan Biggio 2B, Lourdes Gurriel Jr LF, Vladimir Guerrero Jr 3B, Bo Bichette SS, Rowdy Tellez DH, Teoscar Hernandez CF, Travis Shaw 1B, Derek Fisher RF, Danny Jansen C, Tanner Roark P
After losing three straight, and wearing out the bullpen the Twins needed one of the starters to step up. Jake Odorizzi got us halfway there. He didn’t allow a run, but only went 4.1 innings before leaving the game with an injury. Sergio Romo, Tyler Duffey, and Trevor May were the only relievers left with gas in the tank. All three were called on tonight, and came through—especially May.
The Twins put their runs on the board early, and didn’t allow a run until the eighth. Toronto still made it into a nail biter.
In the bottom of the second inning, Marwin Gonzalez took a walk, and attempted to steal second. A throwing error by the catcher left him standing on third. Alex Avila walked and Byron Buxton was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Max Kepler brought Gonzalez home with a sac fly.
The Twins added two more in the third. Miguel Sano reached on an error, and went to third on a double hit by Nelson Cruz. Jake Cave’s sac fly brought in one runner, and Marwin’s double brought in the other. In the fourth, Byron Buxton hit a triple, and then he scored thanks to Max Kepler’s second sac fly of the day.
In the eighth inning, Tyler Duffey gave up two single and two walks to load the bases and give up one run. Another walk after Trevor May took over scored a second run.
In the ninth, May gave up a walk and a single, and then a ground ball traded the second out to put the two runners both into scoring position. A five-pitch strikeout of Cavan Biggio ended the game.
- Odorizzi strained his back, and is expected to be back in about five days. With the All-Star Break coming up, he shouldn’t actually miss any games.
Max Kepler: 0-2, 2RBI
Marwin Gonzalez: 1-2, double, BB, RBI
No Duds, Twins win!
Tomorrow: Last game before the All-Star break, Blue Jays in Target Field at 1:10pm