This might be our shortest recap of the year. There just wasn’t much drama tonight. Jose Berrios was on his ‘A’ game tonight, and it showed. He blanked the Astros through six innings. Houston starter Luis Garcia matched the goose-eggs through three frames, but the Twins got on the board in the fourth with Miguel Sano driving in Trevor Larnach on a sharp single.
In the fifth inning, Garcia would only get one out before leaving the game, and he surrendered enough runs to seal his fate. With Nick Gordon standing on second, thanks to an old-school stolen base, Ben Rortvedt’s double to trade positions doubled the lead. Jorge Polanco doubled the lead again, with a two-run bomba. This thing is going exponential!
Berrios, meanwhile, cruised through the Astros’ line-up. He struck out eight, walked one, and surrendered only five hits. Two of those hits were seventh-inning solo shots, which brought the Astros within two runs. Rocco Baldelli made a reasonable decision tonight though, and turned to the reliable parts of the bullpen, ensuring the game never felt in question. Hansel Robles and Taylor Rogers each pitched a scoreless inning, with the latter adding a save and two strikeouts to his tally. The Twins added an entirely pointless insurance run in the bottom of the seventh, which is only worth mentioning because it brought Polanco to three RBIs for the night.
Rocco Baldelli’s bullpen management
NO DUDS TWINS WIN
ROBOT ROLL CALL:
I was going to arbitrarily give it to Myjah even it wasn’t our most-recc’d comment. RIP Mudcat.