If you like offense, there wasn’t much for you in this game. Bailey Ober and Eli Morgan held the lineups in check. Cleveland was the first to get on the scoreboard with Daniel Johnson’s 2-run homer in the 5th inning. They added a third run in the 6th on a sacrifice fly, but it was a double play thanks to a great catch and throw by Rob Refsnyder, doubling off the runner at 1st. Ober’s final line was 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 K.
The Twins had a great chance to score in the 2nd with the bases loaded and nobody out, but got nothing out of it. That was basically the only inning where they did anything noteworthy. Eli Morgan was just a bit better than Ober tonight: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K.
Cleveland pitcher Trevor Stephan gave the Twins some hope in the 8th inning, coming in, walking 3 batters and then exiting the game. Thanks, Trevor! James Karinchak entered and got Jorge Polanco to ground out, which at least scored the runner from 3rd, Nick Gordon. Josh Donaldson followed with a strikeout, but Polanco stole 2nd during his AB. Luiz Arraez grounded out to end the threat.
Emmanuel Clase entered the bottom of the 9th, threw a bunch of pitches at 100+ MPH to end the game at 3-1.
Bailey Ober, Jorge Polanco
The rest of the Twins lineup.
Robot roll call!