Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for October 7th, 2017
Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, October 7th, 2017
Welcome to the October 7th 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
ALDS, Game 2: Houston Astros 8, Boston Red Sox 2
The Astros jumped out early with 2 runs in the first inning and continued pounding the Red Sox pitching as Dallas Keuchel had an excellent start.
Keuchel went 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7. Chris Devenski and Luke Gregerson combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits with no walks, and combining for 3 strikeouts.
Drew Pomeranz only went 2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 1. David Price worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and a walk, striking out 2.
Christian Vazquez and Jackie Bradley, Jr. each had a pair of singles. Vazquez added a walk. Chris Young and Mookie Betts each had a double. Young added a stolen base. Dustin Pedroia had a single and a walk.
Carlos Correa had a big home run, a double, and a walk, driving in 4 runs. George Springer also had a home run, double, and a walk. Jose Altuve had a pair of singles and a pair of walks. Evan Gattis and Yuri Gurriel each had a single and a walk. Alex Bregman had a double. Brian McCann had a single and was hit by pitch.
Game 3 of the series shifts to Boston on Sunday.
ALDS, Game 2: Cleveland Indians 9, New York Yankees 8 (13)
After the Yankees knocked out Indians ace Corey Kluber, they were on a good track. When they added a pair more runs to go up by 5 runs with their excellent bullpen, the game was assumed to be in hand, but as the Indians have shown in 2017, they’re never truly out of any game. They came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th and another run in the 8th, forcing extra innings. The Indians walked off in the bottom of the 13th inning.
Kluber went 2 2/3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Bryan Shaw threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit, striking out 1. Cody Allen threw two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks, striking out 1. Josh Tomlin finished out the game with two perfect innings, striking out 3.
The Yankees got 5 1/3 innings from CC Sabathia, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5. Their relievers that did so well against the Twins, Chad Green and David Robertson, struggled as they allowed 4 runs over 2 innings on 3 hits, striking out 3. Aroldis Chapman threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk, striking out 2.
The Yankee offense was led by Todd Frazier‘s 3 singles. Greg Bird had a home run, single, and a walk. Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks each had a home run and a single. Aaron Judge walked three times. Starlin Castro had a double and a single.
The Indians were led by Austin Jackson, who had two singles, a walk, and a stolen base. Yan Gomes had a double, a single, and a walk. Francisco Lindor had a home run and a walk. Jay Bruce had a home run. Jason Kipnis had a pair of singles. Carlos Santana had a single and a walk.
The series shifts to New York for game 3 on Sunday.
NLDS, Game 1: Chicago Cubs 3, Washington Nationals 0
Kyle Hendricks continued his postseason domination and Stephen Strasburg took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning in one of the best-pitched games of the postseason thus far.
Hendricks went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6. He was followed by Carl Edwards, Jr. and Wade Davis, who combined for 2 perfect innings of relief, striking out 3. For the Nationals, Strasburg went 7 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 10.
Anthony Rizzo had a double and a single. Jon Jay had a double. Addison Russell had a single and a walk.
Game 2 of the series will be today.
NLDS, Game 1: Los Angeles Dodgers 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 5
The Dodgers stuck ace Clayton Kershaw to a 4-run lead in the first inning, and he did his part as well on the mound. Kershaw went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs (on 4 solo home runs) on 5 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7. Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker only lasted the first inning, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Zack Godley came in and threw 5 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5.
JD Martinez had a home run and two singles. Ketel Marte had a home run and single. A.J. Pollock and Jeff Mathis each had a home run. Pollock also had a walk.
The Dodgers offense was led by Justin Turner with a home run and two singles, driving in 5, and also drawing a walk. Corey Seager had a triple, a single, and a walk. Yasiel Puig had a triple and a double. Chris Taylor and Logan Forsythe each had a single and a walk.
Game 2 of the series will be today.
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Playoff games today
Chicago Cubs @ Washington Nationals, 4:30PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Gio Gonzalez
Series Standing: Cubs lead 1-0
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:00PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Robbie Ray vs. Rich Hill
Season Series: Dodgers lead 1-0
Notes from around baseball
Next: Previewing the Twins Free Agents
One Last Thing
As we’re in the “elite 8” of the MLB playoffs, I thought it’d be intriguing to check on Twins connections on the rosters of the playoff teams (feel free to comment if I missed any!):
Arizona Diamondbacks: None
Boston Red Sox: None
Chicago Cubs: Brian Duensing
Houston Astros: Juan Centeno, Francisco Liriano
Los Angeles Dodgers: None
New York Yankees: Jaime Garcia, Aaron Hicks
Washington Nationals: Brandon Kintzler