Twins Game Recap (9/7): Odorizzi, Garver Power the Twins to Victory – Minnesota Twins – Articles – Homepage – Twins Daily

Twins Game Recap (9/7): Odorizzi, Garver Power the Twins to Victory – Minnesota Twins – Articles – Homepage – Twins Daily

The Twins offense cracked open in Saturday night’s 5-3 victory. Mitch Garver drove in four runs, including the game-winning three-run shot in the seventh inning.The win increased Minnesota’s AL Central lead to 6.5 games.

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Box Score

Odorizzi: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 67% strikes (66 of 99 pitches)

Bullpen: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Home Runs: Garver 2 (28)

Multi-Hit Games: Garver (2-for-3), Astudillo (2-for-4)

Top 3 WPA: Garver .248, Schoop .196, Sano .081

Bottom 3 WPA: Cron -.171, Rosario -.121, Polanco -.020

Garver scored the lone run off Cleveland starter Aaron Civale on a solo shot in the first inning. Garver’s 27th homer set the record for the most in a season by a Twins catcher. Earl Battey hit 26 in 1963.

Jake Odorizzi threw 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball, falling one short of his career high with 10 strikeouts. The start held more weight, as Michael Pineda was handed a 60-game suspension today for violating the league’s drug policy. Pineda had been the most reliable Twins starter since the break, posting a 3.04 ERA and striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings.

The Twins bullpen has been one of the best in the last month. Tyler Duffey continued his success, holding Cleveland to just one run on a wild pitch. Duffey struck out two in his relief of Odorizzi. With Sam Dyson uncertain to return, the Twins are exploring other options out of the pen. Zack Littell allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh inning. Sergio Romo limped off the mound after setting up in the eighth.

Taylor Rogers was great again, retiring the side in order to secure the win and his 25th save.

The win was important for Minnesota. Avoiding the potential sweep with Indians ace Mike Clevinger on the mound tomorrow, the Twins are more than treading water to win the division.

Postgame With Baldelli

Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

Click here for a review of the number of pitches thrown by each member of the bullpen over the past five days.

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