Twins 8, Tigers 2: back on track

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The Twins are currently in a series of games where they play a lot of baseball with very few days off. Today they have a doubleheader and really needed Devin Smeltzer to give them some time for his start in Game 1. He put in a great performance, pitching 6.2 innings, striking out 4 and allowing just 2 runs.

The offense did its part by supporting its starter with early-run support. Trevor Larnach led in 2 with a one-two in the 1st inning. Gary Sanchez added to that with a 3-point blast in the 3rd inning, making it a 6-0 game.

The Tigers got their first run in the 4th inning, with Jeimer Candelario hitting an RBI groundout.

In the 7th, Luiz Arraez and Jermaine Palacios got it on errors, then Max Kepler brought them both home with a single to make it an 8-1 game.

Daz Cameron doubled to score Spencer Torkelson late in the 7th, ending Smeltzer’s day. Griffin Jax came in and got the final of the 7th with the Twins still up 8-2. The Tigers got a few singles in the 9th, but Jax dodged the game-ending threat.

Game 1 went about as well as the Twins could have hoped for, as they only used 2 pitchers and had a fairly short game. Game 2 starts tonight at 6:10 p.m.

Studs:

Devin Smeltzer: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 SO

Gary Sanchez: 3-4, 3 points HR, BB

Max Kepler: 3-4, 3 RBIs, BB

Luis Arraez: 2-5, 2 R

Nips:

NO DUDS TWINS WIN!


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