The twins won tonight. There are a lot of downsides to today’s game, but sometimes you have to win badly and the Twins did just that tonight.
This is what I was going to write if the Twins really won. Instead, as usual, the reality is much worse for Minnesota fans.
Carlos Correa could have been the star tonight, hitting two solo home runs in his first two bars to give the Twins an early lead in the match. Ryan Jeffers also continued to contribute, beating Gio Urshela on two separate occasions: one with a double, one with a single bunt (wow).
Cleveland wasn’t going to lie down and lose tonight, however; especially not against the Twins pen with Jhoan Duran and Griffin Jax (presumably, more on that later) unavailable.
Sonny Gray was cloudier tonight, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 4.0 innings of work. He started the fifth inning, but was withdrawn after giving up two runs before recording an out. Caleb Thielbar conceded a third point to score on a balk (yes, seriously) after coming in for relief, but was content to pitch 1.1 innings without allowing another cross point.
With the game close to 5-4 in favor of the home team, Max Kepler went to the yard to tackle another race. Joe Smith was next to pitch for the Twins, and did the job of him (barely), wiggling out of a jam after a hit and a walk to finish a clear 6th inning. Unfortunately, the Twins quietly went down the bottom of the inning, and then Cleveland was lucky enough to beat Jharel Cotton in 7th.
Cotton, who had pitched with very high leverage after being named DFA TWICE earlier this season, gave up home runs to two well-known powerful hitters to allow Cleveland to take the lead. Amed Rosario (2 HR this year) and Oscar Gonzalez (also 2 HR this year) hit a solo shot and a 2-point homer respectively, to make fans cry and grind their teeth everywhere by Twins.
However, the twins would fight back tonight. With two outs and none deep in 7th, Max Kepler walked to start a rally. A rare single from Gary Sanchez followed, sending Kepler to third place. Recent call-up Alex Kiriloff found a hole in the left side to knock on the draw run, and then Minnesota clutch folk hero Gio Urshela followed with a three-point two-shot bomb to get the good guys ahead. forever.
Emilio Pagan recovered from his poor performance yesterday to hit the team in 8th place. However, Rocco riskily pulled him back for 9th place after the Twins quietly went down (but with some controversy over a “captured” sprint) and gave up two singles to take out the innings. With slugger Josh Naylor in the lead, Pagan gave up on a double RBI that took the runners to 2nd and 3rd with no eliminations and the score is now 10-8.
Griffin Jax, allegedly unavailable after throwing no days off after throwing 27 pitches last night, came in to try to put out the fire. This game could become a referendum on running Rocco’s bullpen, but actually I think he demonstrates how little he has to work with aside from the Durans.
It did not work. Oscar Gonzalez fought on a 0-2 for another single, leading in two points to equalize. A sac bunt moved Gonzalez to third place, and then he scored on a sac fly on the next court. The half inning ended mercifully on the next court.
Now in less than one, the Twins have had to face the formidable Emmanuel Clase. Carlos Correa fell on three pitches. Max Kepler at least got into a 1-0 tally before going to the ground. Gary Sanchez fell without a moan to end the match.
This was one of the most depressing games I have ever recap and one of the most depressing I can remember. This team will not make the playoffs unless serious moves are made to patch up a bullpen that has 2 reliable pitchers and 4 that surprise you when they give up less than 3 points. It is frankly an embarrassment and a slap in the face to all of the Gemini Territory that Falvey and Levine keep doing nothing but signing business jar junk to fill the bullpen year after year. This (earlier today) “first place” team is nothing more than a group of suitors and will be lucky enough to score 80 wins if they don’t do something about this abomination of a relief corps soon. Can’t Wait For The Deadline – This team will be in third place in a heartbeat with the way Cleveland is playing and Chicago can play if they keep losing games where the offense scores enough points to win.
Sorry, I’m sick and the footage is flying. Now, I wanted to write a positive paragraph here, but it turns out I have nothing positive to say. We play again tomorrow, so theoretically things could get better? We scored 10 points, so we have this for us. October baseball can be excruciatingly cold in Minneapolis, however. At least that won’t get the same attention as when the Timberwolves did pretty much the same thing a couple of months ago.
I have no room in my head to hand out prizes right now. Props for the offense I guess.
Falvey, Levine, Emilio Pagan, Jharel Cotton, the Pohlad family and my parents for raising me as a Twins fan
mefoolonhill sums it up best for me right now:
“I worry about the long-term psychological damage we’re taking in this show.”