Rich Hill was okay today. It was probably his best outing of the season, as he gave up two runs over five innings. Not special, but it worked. In the process, he struck out five and surrendered a dinger to Sergio Alcantara. Too bad it was for naught.
The Twins charged back from the early two-run deficeit, tying the game in the bottom of the third. Jake Cave walked, and light-hitting Ehire Adrianza doubled to put two men in scoring position for Willians Astudillo. La Tortuga did what he does best, and put the ball in play. A line drive single became two RBI’s for our rotund baseball hero.
I thought the Twins had blown it open and sewn it up a couple innings later, with Casey Mize flagging in the fifth inning Jorge Polanco hit a double and chased Detroit’s starter to the showers. Rony Garcia came in and had a rough day out of the Tigers pen. The Twins added a total of four runs. Most notably, Brent Rooker collected a couple RBIs with the bases loaded. It could have been three, but Eddie Rosario was thrown out at home. Rosario made it up by hitting an RBI single in the next inning though.
Detroit wasn’t the only team to have the bullpen struggle today—and worse, it was against the “good” relievers. I mean, all the good ones.
Trevor May had the worst outing, and his worst of the season. He gave up three runs in the top of the sixth, including a two-run homer from Willi Castro, and only got two outs. Tyler Duffey threw 1.1 innings, closing down the sixth before giving up two more runs in the seventh. That left the game tied at lucky number seven. Sergio Romo picked up the eighth, and gave up a run on a dong that Eddie Rosario almost pulled back over the wall. Buxton probably would have robbed it. Devin Smeltzer gave up two more runs before the end of the inning, taking Detroit to ten runs for the day. Smeltzer ironically pitched a clean ninth though.
Eddie Rosario added another solo bomba in the home half of the eighth, taking the Twins to eight, but that would be all they scored.
Eddie Rosario: 2-4, 2RBI, HR, BB
Willians Astudillo: 1-3, 2 RBI
Rich Hill: Why the hell not, he was less lousy than the rest the pitchers.
The whole damn bullpen. Even the guys that didn’t pitch. Why not, I’m grumpy.
Trevor May: .2 IP, 3 ER. He’s a dud twice now.
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Ugh, fine. Joel gets. I do really, really want to see him throw a literal meatball at sandwiches though. Sorry buddy!