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Twins 7, Pirates 3: Drones can’t stop the scoring

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Minnesota scores early and often in this matinee.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins looked to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon before heading east to ... Pittsburgh ... to take on the Pirates to kick off a three-city road trip. Jose Berrios needed to get back on track. Pittsburgh maybe wanted to win.

La Makina got off on the right foot by notching back-to-back strikeouts in a one-two-three top of the first. The Twins batters backed him up during the home side of the frame against Bucs starter Joe Musgrove. Max Kepler drew a walk to start everything off. After a flyout by Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz hit a single that advanced Kepler to third on a fielding error. Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, and Luis Arraez would have at-bats with an RBI each to bring the score to 3-0 in favor of the hometown nine.

Berrios allowed baserunners each of the next four innings of work, but was able to stifle the damage enough to allow only one run on a Gregory Polanco sacrifice fly that brought in Bryan Reynolds from third base in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, the Twins got some runs here and there throughout the game. Cruz hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the second, Rosario did the same in the bottom of the fourth, and back-to-back sacrifice fly balls by Byron Buxton and Kepler got the score to 7-1 after the fifth inning.

But let’s talk about the top of the fifth inning. Jerrod Dyson and former-Twin John Ryan Murphy flew out and grounded out, respectively. Then, being this the year 2020, this game was halted... and in a drone delay.

You read that right: this game got halted for nine minutes because someone noticed that a drone was flying above the outfield in Target Field. This resulted in everyone leaving the field, some bullpen arms trying to knock it down with baseballs, Jake Cave fake shooting it down, and the radio crew trying to find the culprits. It finally left and play resumed after all the baseballs were collected from the field.

Berrios had a good outing today, going six innings and notching six strikeouts. He allowed the one run on four hits and issued three walks. Joe Musgrove only lasted 3.1 innings, allowing six hits, five earned runs, five walks, and two strikeouts. The game was slowly going by, making it feel like I should have been doing actual work for about six hours instead of two.

The Pirates had former-Twin Nik Turley and Lithuanian-born Dovydas Neverauskas, among others, pitch out of the bullpen. That’s neat.

Caleb Thielbar pitched in the majors for the first time in five years! The one named Meat Raffle tried to go for the rare three-inning save, but unraveled a bit in the top of the ninth. Murphy and Phillip Evans managed RBI singles before being pulled in favor of Trevor May. May induced two fly ball outs to close the door and end the game.

Winner 0, Loser 0
W: Berrios (1-1)
L: Musgrove (0-3)
S: May (1)

These two teams will board their drones and fly on over to Pittsburgh where the second part of the home-and-home series will commence. Randy Dobnak is the listed starter for the Twins while the Pirates will go with Trevor Williams. Game time is 605p Central.

BITS AND PIECES:

  • Max Kepler went 0-0 with four walks and an RBI. I guess that’s one way to jack up your OBP.
  • Luis Arraez is still in his 0-fer slump. Is he coming down from his ceiling?
  • Evolving news: Rosters will still decrease to 28 active players on Thursday, but will not decrease to 26 players for the rest of the season. Taxi squad will be at five players.
  • The 2020 Twins continue to keep pace with the 2001 Twins, starting this season 9-2.
  • This game took three hours and 39 minutes. TAKE THAT, MANFRED!!!!

STUDS:

  • Jose Berrios: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • Nelson Cruz: 3-4, RBI, R, K
  • Eddie Rosario: 2-4, 2 RBI, R

duds:

  • whoever was flying that drone
  • otherwise NO DUDS TWIMS WIM

COMMENT OF THE GAME THREAD:

CG19’s dream came true today! Lucky individual!

BULLPEN ARMS WHO TRIED TAKING DOWN THE DRONE:

Thank you for making Twinkie Town a part of your day today (and every day)!