Zach Plesac entered Saturday night’s game with a 1.32 ERA. Entering the game, he’d given up 4 home runs. That stat line changed when Plesac faced Minnesota’s Bomba Squad. He pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 5 earned runs and 3 home runs.

Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren picked up where Plesac left off, giving up back-to-back jacks to Eddie Rosario ad Miguel Sano in the 8th inning.

When Jake Cave caught a lazy fly ball to right, the Twins finished off an 8-4 win on the night. That victory gives them a series victory while keeping pace with the Chicago White Sox. The loss dropped Cleveland 3.5 games behind Chicago.

Each time Cleveland put runs on the board, the Twins answered with a home run. The Twins scored first when Marwin Gonzalez hit a 2-run home run into the upper deck in right field. On the next pitch, Willians Astudillo lined a home run 369 feet to left field. After Cleveland scored twice to make it 3-2 in the top half of the 4th, Byron Buxton hit a 2-run shot in the bottom half of the inning, making it a 5-2 game.

When Cleveland closed the score to 5-4 in the top of the 8th, Rosario and Sano went back-to-back in the bottom half.

Lost in all the bombas (that’s Minnesota Twins-speak for home runs) was a strong pitching performance by Rich Hill and a strong finish by closer Taylor Rogers. Since Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton returned to the lineup, the Twins’ offense has started putting up better numbers consistently. When Max Kepler returns, their lineup will get that much stronger.

Leave a Reply