Entering today the Twins were basically relying on Rob Refsnyder to play every day in CF. Well those plans had to change as he was a late scratch out of the lineup tonight. Kirilloff was asked to play LF and Willians Astudillo played RF, with Kyle Garlick in CF.
Further complicating matters was Mitch Garver getting hit in an uncomfortable place by a foul tip, causing him to leave the game. Astudillo moved to catcher and Trevor Larnach (who is dealing with injuries of his own) was placed in RF. Basically what I’m saying is that the Twins need more outfielders, because all of them are hurt.
With the injury section done, let’s discuss what actually happened in the game. Michael Pineda started for the Twins and only lasted 3 innings. In the first, Astudillo couldn’t flag down a fly ball from Cedric Mullins, resulting in a triple. He scored on a Trey Mancini single.
Kyle Garlick tied the game with a solo shot to left field in the 3rd inning.
In the 3rd, the Orioles hit 4 straight 1-out singles, and then a Ryan Mountcastle ground-rule double to score 4 times. In the 4th inning Pedro Severino hit a long solo homer to left to make it a 6-1 game.
The Twins offense tried to make a comeback, scoring single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 7-4. That snaps a 14-game losing streak for the Orioles and an even longer losing streak to the Twins specifically.
The Twins will go for a series win tomorrow.
Kyle Garlick: 1-4, HR, BB
Willians Astudillo: 2-4, HR
Nelson Cruz: 1-2, 3 BB
Alex Kirilloff: 2-5, 2 RBI
Andrelton Simmons: 2-4, but killed a rally in the 8th with a baserunning misplay.
Michael Pineda: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 K
Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco: 0-8, BB