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Cleveland 6, Twins 3: But Max Kepler is still your daddy (simulated)

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Bring out the bombas

MLB: ALDS-Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Max Kepler RF, Jorge Polanco SS, Josh Donaldson 3B, Miguel Sano DH, Luis Arraez 2B, Mitch Garver C, Ehire Adrianza 1B, Marwin Gonzalez LF, Byron Buxton CF, Lewis Thorpe P

CLE: Greg Allen CF, Jose Ramirez 3B, Francisco Lindor SS, Jordan Luplow RF, Derek Dietrich LF, Cesar Hernandez 2B, Domingo Santana DH, Carlos Santana 1B, Sandy Leon C, Carlos Carrasco P


Even though Trevor Bauer is gone, Max Kepler continues to own Cleveland pitching, this time transferring the onus of his ire onto Carlos Carrasco. Unfortunately, Kepler didn’t get a lot of help.

Twins scoring summary: Kepler hit Bombas.

Slightly longer Twins scoring summary: In the top of the fifth inning, Byron Buxton hit a one-out single. Max smoked the first pitch he saw, pulling it 392 feet. In the ninth, It took one more pitch (he watched a called strike) and Kepler went oppo, for 396 feet this time.

Cleveland scored most of their runs against Thorpe, and half in the third inning. Thorpe loaded the bases with an E5, a HBP, and a single, then had to face Francisco Lindor. Lindor cleared the bases with a three-run double between Buxton and Kepler. Thorpe also gave up a run the fifth.

Caleb Thielbar surrendered the final two scores in the seventh inning, before being replaced by Tyler Clippard, who finished the game. At least we only burnt two relievers, Cleveland used four, including Hand.

Notes

  • With the double-header today, I made the decision for Thorpe to take the earlier game and face Carrasco, pushing Randy Dobnak back to the night game against Shane Bieber.
  • Jordan Luplow, the Cleveland right fielder, was injured during this game.
  • Our 6/7/8 batters were 0-12 combined.

STUDS:
Max Kepler: 3-5, 3 RBI, 2 HR
Luis Arraez: 3-3, BB

DUDS:

Ehire Adrianza: 0-4
Mitch Garver: 0-4
Marwin Gonzalez: 0-4

Tomorrow: Not actually tomorrow. We have the second game of the day starting in a couple hours, at 6:05

Standings:
MIN 51-39 —
CLE 48-41 2 1/2
CHW 46-44 5
DET 45-45 6
KCR 34-56 17