Randy Dobnak took the mound for today’s Sunday afternoon game and faced off against rookie Brady Singer. They both did well and had very similar lines. Dobnak went 5 1⁄3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Singer went 5 2⁄3 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. It was a well pitched game from both sides.
The Royals jumped out to an early lead, getting solo home runs from Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon. Dobnak came in with an ERA under 1.00 so seeing him give up two early runs was odd. Luckily for the Twins both Dobnak and the Royals offense settled down.
This early lead held until the fifth inning when Max Kepler stepped to the plate down one run and a runner on base. He got the pitch he was looking for and pulled it down the right field line for a go ahead home run. He hit it 104.3 MPH and 395 feet.
The Twins would add one more run in the 7th innings from a Jorge Polanco squeeze bunt. Ildemaro Vargas pinch ran for Alex Avila and scored the run. This was the first time we saw Vargas playing in a Twins uniform. This run made it 4-2 Twins.
The final innings looked a bit different in the bullpen. We have all probably gotten pretty used to Taylor Rogers in the closer role, but today Baldelli went with Sergio Romo. Rogers has had a rocky start to his season so he was put in the 8th inning today. He got a quick 1-2-3 inning so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pitch there more often. Romo was absolutely filthy in his inning, striking out the middle of the Kansas City lineup in order.
STUDS: Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Randy Dobnak, The Bullpen!
DUDS: None! Twins win!