It may not have turned the season around -
But it certainly represents a trend in the right direction. Minnesota has won three games in a row for the first time in a few weeks, and has the opportunity to sweep a subpar team tomorrow afternoon.
Much like the weekend victory against Houston, this one felt like a complete team win. Randy Dobnak turned in a passable five innings, with a two-run homer by Isiah Kiner-Falefa the only real blemish on his line.
The Twins bounced back instantly. Nelson Cruz’s 15th dinger of the year knotted the score back up in the visiting fifth, after Texas hurler Kolby Allard had enjoyed a perfect trip through Minnesota’s first ten hitters.
Dobstache completed his start in typical Dobnak fashion, allowing four hits and only striking out a single Ranger, but did enough to keep the game tied entering the middle innings.
The rest of those innings were covered by a fairly dominant pen; Thielbar, Colome, Robles, and Rogers combined for four innings, five strikeouts, and no runs allowed.
Meanwhile, the Rangers relied on John King to clean up the back half of the ballgame. King would allow the eventual winning run in the seventh, after Max Kepler walked, stole a bag, and advanced the remaining 180 feet on a pair of wild pitches.
In Byron Buxton-related news, the prodigal center fielder went 1-for-4 in his return, the lone hit being (of course) an infield single.
Minnesota has won four in a row just once this season — they’ll have an opportunity to do so again tomorrow.
Twin bullpen (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K)
DH Nelson Cruz (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)
This town ain’t big enough for duds
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norff speaks for us all, with unbridled optimism regarding Byron Buxton’s return.