The Minnesota Twins have won six in a row and now have a three-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the Central Division.
The Twins benefited from a six innings, three strokes and zero runs performance from Randy Dobnak, who now has an ERA of 0.60 and WHIP of 0.87 in three starts. That’s what kids call “video game numbers” I think.
That night, Dobnak threw an anemic Pittsburgh Pirates squad off balance. Out of 18 withdrawals recorded by Dobber, as he is now apparently affectionately known, only one came per withdrawal. He was also efficient, needing only 71 shots while walking zero hitters.
The Twins’ offense was a bit slow once again, scoring just one end in the first eight innings. In the second inning, Jake Cave was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a Luis Arraez groundout, and after Mitch Garver came out, Cave came to score on a giveaway hit by Marwin Gonzalez – a pop-up on the third baseline that landed directly on the chalk. .
The Twins extended their lead to 1-0 until the ninth inning. After six scoreless innings from Dobank, Cody Stashak had a perfect seventh inning with a strikeout and Tyler Duffey did the same in the eighth, recording two K. With Sergio Romo warming up in the feather, the Twins decided to do an insurance run or two at the top of the ninth.
Byron Buxton, who entered the game in seventh place as a defensive substitute, doubled the left field line. After Arraez got out and failed to advance him, Garver walked over and Gonzalez returned, driving an RBI single to the outfield.
Ehire Adrianza retired, but with two tries, Max Kepler ensured the Twins received a trio of additional insurance runs, crushing his fourth homer of the season in right field.
With the Twins up to 5-0, Rocco Baldelli gave the ball to Jorge Alcala in the ninth inning. He gave up a two-run homerun to Josh Bell, but the Twins held on for the 5-2 victory.
- As mentioned, the Twins now have a full game ahead of Chicago following Pale Hose (?) 1-0 loss to Milwaukee.
- The Yankees shared a double with Philadelphia, which means the Twins are the first team to 10 wins and currently have the best winning percentage in baseball! (Not counting the Marlins, who are only 5-1 after missing a week of games due to their COVID-19 outbreak.)
- The Twins have just one game left against Pittsburgh this year, and it’s Thursday morning at 12:35 CT.
- Tambour Randy: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, K, 0 BB
- Marwin Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, R
Max Kepler: 1 pour 4, 3 RBI, HR, BB
- Stashak & Duffey: Combined 2 IP, 3 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R