The Minnesota Twins secured the series victory against the Texas Rangers this afternoon with a 7-4 win at Target Field.
Thanks to a great pitching performance from Michael Pineda, the Minnesota Twins will go for the series sweep tomorrow against the Rangers. “Big Mike” would secure 9 strikeouts while allowing only 1 earned run in 6 outstanding innings. Tyler Duffey struggled in this afternoons contest allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits including 1 home run.
Though the offense didn’t quite have the showing they had yesterday, they still performed extremely well. Jorge Polanco and Jason Castro would lead the way for the Twins with 2 hits each. Marwin Gonzalez became the 10th Minnesota Twin to secure at least 10 homers on the season while Byron Buxton isn’t far behind with 9. It’s pretty wild that no Twin has more than 21 homers on the season considering their record-setting pace.
Twin Takeaway – The good
Michael Pineda was brilliant for the second outing in a row Saturday afternoon as he racked up an outstanding 9 strikeouts. Lowering his ERA to 4.56 on the season and 3.40 in his last 7 games, Pineda seems to be on the right track. Following a rough start to the season, Pineda may have turned a new leaf, let’s see if he can keep it going after the All-Star break.
Though Pineda was the star of this one, securing the win, Taylor Rogers was just as important while earning the save, his 12th of the season. Rogers has been the most important reliever for the Twins this season with an outstanding ERA of 1.82 in 40 innings pitched.
Twin Takeaway – The bad
It was a game of highs and lows for the pitching staff today and Tyler Duffey had his fair share of struggles on the afternoon. Though his ERA climbed to 3.49 on the season, he has been relatively solid compared to seasons past. One bad outing won’t make or break the campaign for Duffey though he does need to get back on the right track following the All-Star break.
With the Cleveland Indians slowly inching their way back in the AL Central race, the Minnesota Twins go for what could be a very important win tomorrow afternoon. While the starters for both teams should be decided soon, no official decision has been made. Head out to Target Field and get one last game in with family or friends before the All-Star break. Go Twinkies.