Internet sensation and stat geek favorite, Willians Astudillo, who has established that he hits and only hits, struck out Thursday in the Twins’ 9-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers. What’s so remarkable about that? It was his first strikeout in a month and only his third in 26 games, according to MLB.com.
Meanwhile, Astudillo and former New York Yankee, Tyler Austin, accounted for seven of the Twins’ nine runs. Astudillo drove in four runs on two hits, while Austin drove in three runs on two extra-base hits. In all, the Twins had 12 hits, including three from Jorge Polanco. Astudillo is now hitting .357.
On the mound, the Twins went with an “opener” and it produced mixed results. Reliever Gabriel Moya, who has largely been the preferred reliever in the opener format, gave up a run in the first inning before things were turned over to rookie and primary pitcher, Stephen Gonsalves. Gonsalves wasn’t very sharp but the still got the win and improved to 2-2. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings with four walks and two strikeouts. The bullpen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way.
Jose Berrios makes his final start of the season on Friday. It would be great to see him win and exit the season on a high note.
-The Pale Hose arrive tomorrow for the final four games of the season. The starters are Berrios, Chase De Jong, Kyle Gibson and reliever Zack Littell in Sunday’s opener. Friday’s game is a doubleheader.
-After Thursday’s win, the Twins are back within 10 games of .500 at 74-84.