The Minnesota Twins ran into a red hot Philadelphia Phillies team for this three game series. The Twins did manage to win the middle game of the series and their record now sits at a solid 5-3 good for 3rd place in the Central Division.
The first game of this series was doomed from the beginning as Jake Odorizzi was knocked out of the game before finishing the first inning. The game turned into a bullpen game and the Twins could never recover after the disastrous first inning. Jorge Polanco led the offense by going 5 for 5 and hitting for the first cycle of 2019 in the Majors. Max Kepler also added a 2-run HR and Jonathan Schoop added a 2 for 4 performance.
Game two of the series was an outburst of power by the Twins. They got HR’s from Eddie Rosario(3 run), Willians Astudillo(solo), and Max Kepler(solo). The other run scored on a wild pitch by opposing pitcher Jake Arrieta. Michael Pineda provided a solid outing by going five innings while giving up two runs, and striking out five. The bullpen really held their own this game with Adalberto Mejia, Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers, and Blake Parker combining for four scoreless innings while only giving up three hits.
The final game of the series resulted in a pitching duel between the Twins ace Jose Berrios and Philadelphia’s Zach Eflin. Jose Berrios controlled the game except for one mistake in which Rhys Hoskins hit a HR for the Phillies only runs. Other than that Berrios only gave up two hits and struck out 7 over six innings. The Twins managed to rack up seven hits in the game but only managed to scratch across one run on another Max Kepler HR.
Max Kepler—5-14(.357) 3HR 3RBI