Tsunami starts are always something to look forward to, the Cardinals offense and defense fell short behind their ace this afternoon.
The Cardinals would strike first in this one, coming courtesy of Cafecíto.
Cafecíto got ahold of Jake Odorizzi, taking him to CF, giving the Cardinals the 1-0 lead. This was Cafecíto’s first HR since April 12th in Cincinnati.
Unfortunately, this would be the lone run the Cardinals would score all game.
Odorizzi and three Twins relievers (Pressly, Rogers*, & Hughes) held the Cardinals to two hits, stranding only two runners.
The only other hit came leading off the bottom of the 3rd inning when Francisco Peña blooped a single off the end of his bat into CF.
In fact, the next (21/22) batters wouldn’t reach base. The only base runner being Cafecíto on a lead off walk in the bottom of the 4th.
Carlos Martínez would only last 5 innings today, running into trouble in a few innings.
And when he ran into trouble, his defense wasn’t there to help him out either.
Tsunami would breeze through his first inning before giving up the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second.
Eddie Rosario kept his bat hot, lining a one out single to RF before advancing to second on a Robbie Grossman walk.
For whatever reason, Robbie Grossman was a pain for the Cardinals the short two-game series, going (4-7) with 4 RBI’s and two doubles.
Tsunami would continue the inning, hitting Garver with a pitch, loading the bases for Adrianza.
Adrianza would cash in, tying the game 1-1 on a sac-fly to CF.
Tsunami would strand the bases loaded, recording his first of only two strikeouts on Jake Odorizzi.
Eddie Rosario would get things started again for the Twins leading off the 4th inning, lining another base hit to the OF. Grossman would walk again, putting runners on first and second with nobody out.
The first of three costly errors would come next as Garver would hit a ground ball single to LF and the ball would sneak past Ozuna’s glove, scoring Rosario making it 2-1 Twins.
The Twins would add two more runs in the top of the 5th, taking advantage of two more Cardinal errors.
The biggest being the last by Cafecíto on a line drive right to him at first.
With 2 outs and Dozier on base after a Greg Garcia error, Roasio would line a ball to Martínez and it bounced out of his glove towards the tarp in foul territory.
Robbie Grossman would line a 2 RBI double to RF the next at bat, because baseball of course.
The Twins would add on 3 more runs before this one was all said and done.
Tuivailala and Lyons would give up runs out of the bullpen, Tuivailala 1 ER and Lyons with 2ER.
Brebbia worked two clean innings, giving up two hits while striking out two (LaMarre & Kepler) in his return to the bigs.
The Cardinals (20-14) have the day off tomorrow, as they head to San Diego for a four-game weekend series vs the Padres (13-23).
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Game 32 is 'In the Books'
Courtesy of Stew's Scorebook