The Minnesota Twins continued their series at “The K” against the Kansas City Royals and stormed back for an outstanding 8-7 win.
On a night where Martin Perez struggled to get much going, the offense did it’s part to keep the Twins in the game. Facing off against Jakob Junis, Perez went five innings allowing 6 runs with 4 of them being earned.
Twin Takeaway – The good
Playing with a deficit for most of the game, the offense did a fantastic job keeping the Minnesota Twins in this one. Being down 6-5 in the top of the 8th inning, the Twins line-up broke out for 3 runs to take an 8-6 lead. With nobody out and runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 8th, Polanco and Cruz squandered their chances to add some insurance before Rosario came up clutch.
Slapping an RBI single to left, notching his 3rd hit of the game, Rosario proved why he deserves to be at this years All-Star Game. Earlier in the inning, Miguel Sano clobbered an opposite field solo blast to tie the game at 6. An encouraging sign for the big third baseman who has really struggled as of late with a ton of strikeouts. With more power than most, let’s hope Sano can make some positive changes to straighten out his woes at the plate.
Twin Takeaway – The not-so-good
The Twins have been struggling on the defensive side lately with quite a few errors committed in recent outings. With two today, the Minnesota Twins are slowly climbing their way through the team total ranks with 48. Though they have quite a ways to go to get to the Seattle Mariners atrocious 81 errors on the season, they’re racking them up at an alarming rate.
Jorge Polanco had a costly error early in the game that allowed a couple runs to score and though it didn’t hurt the Twins, Willians Astudillo had a major blunder in the 9th. With 1 out, nobody on, and your team clinging to a 1-run lead, routine pop-ups must be caught. Fortunately Nicky Lopez lined into a double play with Rogers snaring the line-drive and doubling off Whit Merrifield at 1st.
The Twins will go for back-to-back wins tomorrow against the Royals with ace Jose Berrios getting the start against Kansas City southpaw Danny Duffy. Berrios has an ERA of 2.86 on the season and will look to keep things rolling with the All-Star Game looming.