Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for October 5th, 2017
Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, October 5th, 2017
Welcome to the October 5th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!
News and Notes
National League Wild Card: Arizona Diamondbacks 11, Colorado Rockies 8
Once again, the Wild Card saw a starter leave early, as Jon Gray was knocked out after 1 1/3 innings, but even opposing starter Zack Greinke only went 3 2/3 innings on the game. The offense went back and forth throughout the game before the Diamondbacks sealed the game with a 3-run bottom of the 8th inning.
Gray went 1 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and no walks, striking out 2. Chris Rusin went 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Rockies, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Greinke went 3 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks in the start, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk, striking out 1. Robbie Ray provided solid relief in the middle, going 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 3.
For the Rockies, Jonathan Lucroy had a pair of doubles and a walk. Trevor Story had a home run and a single. Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra had a pair of singles. Nolan Arenado had a home run. Pat Valaika had a double.
The Diamondbacks went triple-crazy, hitting 4 as a team! Jake Lamb had four singles. Ketel Marte had a pair of triples and a single. David Peralta had three singles. Paul Goldschmidt had a home run and a single. A.J. Pollock had a triple and a double. Daniel Descalso had a home run and walked twice. Jeff Mathis had a single and a walk. Pitcher Archie Bradley added in the team’s fourth triple.
The Diamondbacks take on the Dodgers beginning on Friday evening at 9:30PM CT.
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Playoff games today
Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros, 3:08PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Justin Verlander
Television: MLB Network
Season Series: Astros won 4-3
Season Records: Boston Red Sox 93-69, Houston Astros 101-61
New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians, 6:38PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Sonny Gray vs. Trevor Bauer
Season Series: Indians won 5-2
Season Records: New York Yankees 91-71, Cleveland Indians 102-60
Notes from around baseball
- 2018 Draft order set
- Weird stats from 2017
- Postseason times set through Saturday
- Most popular MLB jerseys revealed
- How postseason teams were built
- Indians season profiled in new documentary
- YouTube and MLB partner for World Series streaming
- Pitchers deserve credit for increased strikeout numbers
- Rockies reflect on positive season
- MLB announces new job outreach to explore diversity
One Last Thing
As we begin the playoff series that the Twins were hoping to be a part of against the Indians, we come up on an intriguing anniversary. Ten years ago today, the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees were also playing in a playoff game.
The game ended up becoming notable not for the exciting 2-1, 11 inning finish, but for the infestation of midges that took over the stadium, causing players to be distracted, swatting away at them as they attempted to play the field, and even playing some level of role in Joba Chamberlain giving up the game-tying run on a wild pitch.
The Indians would go on to win that game, and would go up 2-0 in the series, and they would end up in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.
The midges returned in a game against the Twins in 2014, as you see in the video! The Twins went on to win that game 4-3.