July 24, 2021

Cleveland 4, Twins 1: Back to flat performances, apparently (Twinkie Town)


In many ways, this game was right in line with the Minnesota Twins squad that spent the first several weeks of the season digging themselves into an inescapable hole.

Early on, the Twins forced the opposing pitcher to work. They scored one run in the first while running up the pitch count but should have scored at least two or three. It was an okay start, but it should have been so, so much better.

Jose Berrios was inefficient but pitched well enough to win, but while the Twins’ offense squandered multiple early-game opportunities and went dormant during the middle stages of the contest, the bullpen was preparing to kick the game away.

The bottom of the first inning featured a single, a walk, a wild pitch, a balk, and 31 pitches, and the Twins only managed to score one run.

Berrios was a bit wild in the top of the second and allowed Cleveland to get a run of their own. Then, in the bottom of the frame, the Twins got another single, a walk, and a balk but could not score. And that was the last time that the home team had multiple baserunners.

Over the course of the next seven innings, the Twins scattered a pair of singles from Josh Donaldson and a single and a double from…

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