Minnesota Twins: Post game report – Seattle Mariners 6/13/19
By Tyler Kruse
The Minnesota Twins capped off a 3 game set against the Seattle Mariners on a high note following a let-down game by the bullpen, taking the series finale 10-5 at Target Field.
Proving to be too much to handle for the Seattle Mariners pitching staff today, the Minnesota Twins started off slow but turned things around in the 6th inning. Putting up 6 runs to break a 1-1 tie wide open, the powerful Minnesota Twins offense wouldn’t look back. The bullpen continued to struggle though, fortunately for the pen, the game was all but over.
Twin Takeaway – The good
The offense looked superb once again today collecting 14 hits and pouring it on for 10 runs while also working 6 walks against the Mariners pitching staff. Nelson Cruz kick started the scoring with a solo blast in the 3rd inning, his 12th bomb of the year as he continues to stay hot. All 9 of the Twins batters reached today with Byron Buxton and Jason Castro being the only 2 unable to pick up a hit. Both reached base though while Castro reached on a fielders choice and would later score, Buxton drew 2 walks and scored both times.
C.J. Cron launched a two run homer off the facing of the second deck for his 15th of the season and continues his impressive power display at the plate. Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, Jonathan Schoop, and Ehire Adrianza all collected multiple hits today at the plate with Cruz and Adrianza each gathering 3.
Twin Takeaway – The not-so-good
I feel like we may have a recurring theme here until some kinks get worked out or some trades are made. The bullpen again looked shaky trying to finish off the game which was fortunately well out of reach. Fernando Romero continues to baffle me. Considering the “stuff” Romero has, it’s tough to watch his outings not only with the Minnesota Twins but the triple-A Rochester Red Wings.
Romero started the top half of the 8th inning with a walk before giving up two consecutive base-knocks, a single and double, which would score a run. A wild pitch in the next at-bat would allow another run to score before he finally walked his second batter of his brief outing. He would exit the game having allowed 2 hits and 2 earned-runs while unable to record a single out.
Matt Magill did a wonderful job working out of the trouble after issuing a walk of his own, stranding 3 runners to end the 8th inning. Unfortunately for Matt, the 9th inning wouldn’t be so kind to him as he gave up two more runs to add to his recent struggles.
While it’s great to see the Minnesota Twins bounce back and grab the win after a crushing loss yesterday, some changes clearly need to be made. The offense continues to shine and will keep this team in almost any contest they’re in. I would feel safer knowing the bullpen can come in and shut down games when necessary, though. The Twins continue their home stand with the Kansas City Royals coming to town for a 3-game series kicking off tomorrow evening at 7:10.