April 28, 2016

Berrios, Twins lose game against Indians

Top pitching prospect Jose Berrios made his major league debut on Wednesday, but things didn’t go as planned after he gave up five earned runs over four innings. He also walked two and hit a batter, but still had five strikeouts. A rally late in the game fell short and the Twins lost 6-5.

Weather conditions weren’t ideal, according to MLB.com. The game was delayed by rain, followed by a Minnesota-like, game-time temperature of 44 degrees.

The Twins certainly tried to win the game for Berrios. They spotted him three runs in the bottom of the first, but Berrios wasn’t sharp after that, throwing 93 pitches. He gave up two runs in the top of the third and three more in the fourth before he was replaced by lefty Fernando Abad.

Berrios on his start, according to MLB.com:

“When I got on the mound and threw the first pitch, I was excited, but after that, I felt comfortable,” Berrios said. “Today I didn’t have very good command with my secondary pitches. But that happens. So I’ll keep working hard on that for my next start.”

 

“It was a big difference, because up here they don’t swing a lot and hit a lot of foul balls,” Berrios said. “But it’s the same game. You just have to trust your stuff and you have the chance to get outs.”

 

“When I came out in the fifth inning, they gave a big clap for me, and I appreciated that,” Berrios said. “My confidence is up, and I’ll be great next time.”

 

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.