Twins salvage Game 2 of doubleheader vs. Rockies

Twins salvage Game 2 of doubleheader vs. Rockies

Twins salvage Game 2 of doubleheader vs. Rockies

The Rockies threatened in the ninth inning against Kintzler when Nolan Arenado hit a one-out single and Carlos Gonzalez followed with a walk.

Berrios, Minnesota's top pitching prospect, beat Cleveland in his 2017 debut on May 13, allowing one run while also pitching into the eighth inning.

Berrios has now held two powerful lineups in check, and he'll try to make it three in a row when the Twins visit the Orioles on Tuesday. May.

"(Berrios) looked a lot like Jose Fernandez, to be honest; explosive quick heater, that sweeping curveball that he can turn into a slider", Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond said. "He looked good. Sometimes you got to tip your cap, and I have no shame in doing that today".

German Marquez (2-2) dodged trouble over five innings to limit the damage to a sacrifice fly by Brian Dozier, and the Rockies raised their record in away games to 13-5, the best mark in the major leagues.

In the nightcap, Berrios showed why he's being touted as Minnesota's next ace. But he threw first-pitch strikes to only three of the first 15 batters he faced Thursday, and Arenado pierced his armor in the first inning with a solo blast into the second deck above left field. "I can tell you guys that I'm 100 percent compared to a year ago in my confidence". Last year, he dominated at Triple-A but struggled mightily in his transition to the majors; only notching an 8.2% swinging strike rate while nibbling around the corners instead of challenging hitters with his best stuff.

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The Twins got RBI singles from Max Kepler in the first inning and Robbie Grossman in the fourth. As for Anderson, He slipped up in Arizona with six earned but since then has given up four earned on 11 hits over 11.2 innings in his last two starts. That game will be carried by ROOT Sports-Rocky Mountain in the Denver region and Fox Sports North in the Twin Cities area.

"I kind of had to rely on just cutters and four-seamers, really", Hughes said.

"I don't think it needs to be discredited", Desmond said of the early season sample. Reynolds leads the Rockies with 35 RBIs. He signed a minor-league contract a couple of weeks before spring training, and has been hard to bench even with first baseman Ian Desmond back from injury.

"When we've gotten together, and this goes back to spring training, we've just talked about how we play", Colorado manager Bud Black said.

Paul Molitor found himself in an unfamiliar situation Thursday evening at Target Field as he made his way to the mound to remove starter Jose Berrios with two outs in the eighth inning.

Berrios was able to take a game and do something that we haven't seen from a Twins pitcher very often as of late outside of Ervin Santana. Adalberto Mejia and Kyle Gibson, both of whom started the season in the rotation, have been sent down to Triple-A Rochester to get right, and both are candidates to rejoin the team this week with open spots in the rotation on Saturday and Monday.

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