Twins 4, Red Sox 2: Urshela, Bullpen Come Up Clutch to extend winning streak to four – Twins

The score of the box
SP: Dylan Bundy: 4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (86 pitches, 62 strikes (72.1%))
Home runs: N/A
WPA Top 3: Gio Urshela (.464), Caleb Thielbar (.113), Nick Gordon (.103)

Win Probability Table (via FanGraphs)

The Minnesota Twins enter Monday night’s game on the heels of a three-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants. That sweep had the hometown nine-two games behind Cleveland for the AL Central lead. The Twins need to keep pushing things forward against a Boston Red Sox team whose record isn’t great, but there are plenty of dangerous names on their roster.

Heading into Monday’s game, there was noticeable movement from the bullpen. Devin Smeltzer was returned to St. Paul while fellow southpaw Jovani Moran was brought back to the Twins.

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Red Sox break through first, Bundy limits damage
As the game ventured into the third inning, the Red Sox began to hit the ball hard. Tommy Pham reaches on a single line drive. Alex Verdugo followed up with another hard-hit ball but for a double this time. The double was enough to score Pham. With the score at 1-0, Xander Bogaerts followed it up with a single to make them runners at first and third with one out. The round seemed to be heading straight for a twisted number, Bundy somehow limited the damage and went out of the round without allowing more runs.

Round four was a lot like round three. The Red Sox were going down the lineup and picking up hard hits and hard contacts. With one out, it was a soft brace from Reese McGuire that scored Trevor Story. Once again, it felt like an inning went wrong for the Twins. Insert Bundy. With a ground out and a strike out, the Twins starter was able to close the inning with a single run scored.

Cellar produces again
Red Sox starter Brayan Bello has had some pretty good numbers in the minor leagues this season. His ERA was lousy in the majors at 7.36. Meanwhile, with a FIP of 3.03, it looks like there’s something better underneath what’s been on Bello’s scorecard this season in the majors. The right-hander also just plain nasty stuff. For three rounds, Bello looked purely like the 3.03 FIP version of himself.

Finally, in the fourth inning, the Twins were able to throw their bats and load the bases with no outs. One of this weekend’s heroes, Jake Cave was able to drive the Twins’ first inning on a fly sack to center field that brought Jose Miranda home. Unfortunately, that was the only run the Twins could score in that RISP situation. Brings to the fore one of the biggest frustrations of the Twins offense this season.

Gio with the green light
The Twins were able to chase Bello down in the fifth after walking both Luis Arraez and Carlos Correa. After a weird swinging bunt from Max Kepler that barely rolled in front of home plate moved the runners to second and third, Miranda picked up her own base. Kyle Garlick hit for Nick Gordon but couldn’t pass after retiring.

Then Gio Urshela stepped in with a new John Schreiber brought in to face him. With the count complete, Urshela came down and got a low, wide slider and was able to push it down the right field line to clear the bases and put the Twins up 4-2.

Bullpen Cruises
Monday night was a night we once again saw the beauty of adding a due date pen to work. Caleb Thielbar came to help Bundy out of a traffic jam. Just as Thielbar has done on several occasions, he did just that by securing fifth in the final and also managing round six.

Jhoan Duran then came on to tackle the heart of the Red Sox roster. He did it with his patented high-velocity heat. Duran wouldn’t have been able to fill that spot had it not been for the timeline additions, as it would have needed to potentially shut down.

Griffin Jax got the eighth and made quick work of giving up only one to Story. Then it was Jorge Lopez’s turn to shut the door with authority as he landed two strikeouts and one out to secure the Twins victory.

And after?

The Twins will face another young Boston arm in Kutter Crawford. The right-hander sports a 5.30 ERA this season in 73.0 innings. The Twins will counter with Chris Archer. Archer will be looking to bounce back from a rocky start against Houston where he gave up five earned runs.

Post match interview

Enclosure Usage Worksheet

GAME

FRI

SAT

SUN

MON

EARLY

Megill

23

0

35

0

0

58

Pagan

0

28

0

22

0

50

Duran

20

0

13

0

14

47

Thielbar

0

0

22

0

15

37

Jax

6

0

8

0

17

31

Fulfill

0

12

0

15

0

27

Lopez

18

0

0

0

9

27

Morane

0

0

0

0

0

0



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