On this Memorial Day, Michael Pineda and the Minnesota Twins were looking to extend their season-long six-game winning streak against Gio Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers, but they came up just a run short.
Pineda: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 68.1% strikes (64 of 94 pitches)
Home Runs: Buxton (5)
Multi-Hit Games: Kepler (2 for 4)
WPA of +0.1: Pineda .132, Buxton .104
WPA of -0.1: Rogers -.359, Sano -.188, Rosario -.183, Polanco -.159, Astudillo -.133
(Chart via FanGraphs)
After a rough month of April, Michael Pineda has put together a quality month of May. In all five of his starts Pineda has gone at least five innings and given up exactly three earned runs, including four quality starts in a row.
For most of the night Pineda was razor sharp, throwing five 1-2-3 innings. However, he got tripped up in the top of the third when he gave up three straight hits to start the inning, which led to three Brewers runs.
The Twins got off to an early 4-0 lead for the second game in a row, this time with all four runs coming in the second. Eddie Rosario started off the inning with a single, but it looked like he was going to be stranded at first until the Twins put together five straight two-outs hits, the big one coming off the bat of Byron Buxton who belted a three-run shot. The Twins had their chance to tack on a couple more insurance runs after Jorge Polanco and Jonathan Schoop both singled, but that ended with a C.J. Cron groundout to third. Not getting those additionally insurance runs, while still early, ended up being pretty costly.
After the Brewers bounced back with their three-run third, the game stayed pretty quiet until the top of the 8th when Orlando Arcia hit a two-run home run off Taylor Rogers to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
The Twins made things interesting off Josh Hader in the bottom of the ninth when Schoop and Cron both reached base with one out. However, that was quickly nullified by Hader when he got Eddie Rosario to fly out on the first pitch and blew three straight fastballs by Miguel Sano to end the game.
Postgame with Baldelli
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
Next Three Games
Tues vs MIL, 7:10 pm CT (Davies-Perez)
Thurs at TB, 6:10 pm CT (TBD-TBD)
Fri at TB, 6:10 pm CT (TBD-TBD)