The Twins picked up where they left off yesterday, opening the game fast and closing the game cleanly.
The top of the first saw hits by the first three hitters- Buxton singled, Polanco doubled, and noted clutch hitter Rob Refsnyder singled them both home (I didn’t see this part of the game and am greatly confused that Buxton didn’t score from first on a double, but that’s beside the point).
Promising rookie Bailey Ober continued his streak of good starts, cruising through three innings before making a mistake in the fourth and giving up a two-run home run to large human being Franmil Reyes.
However, by that point, the Twins already had all the runs they would need for the game, thanks to a solo bomb by our king Jorge Polanco. Polanco, perhaps the only redeeming factor for the 2021 season, would end the game with a monstrous line of 4-5 with three doubles, one home run, two runs, and one ribbie.
Michael Pineda took over for Bailey Ober in the fifth as the Twins bring him back slowly from injury. This was the first relief appearance of his lengthy career, and it did not disappoint, as Big Mike threw three scoreless.
Byron Buxton took another step today in his path back to stardom, as he had two hits, including his first dinger since returning from injury. Buck now has four hits over his last two games after a very rough start to this stint in the majors. The only player who really contributed to the offense who has not been mentioned yet is Luis Arraez, who had a pinch-hit RBI single and went 2-2 after entering the game for Willians Astudillo.
Tyler Duffey and Proven Closer Alexander Colome threw a perfect inning each to close out the game for the Twins.
Jorge Polanco- 4-5, 3 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Byron Buxton- 2-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Luis Arraez- 2-2, 1 RBI
The ‘Pen- 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB
Miguel Sano- 0-4, 3 K’s
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