After earning saves in Minnesota’s first three games coming out of the All-Star break, hard-hitting Jhoan Duran was unavailable because Twins opened the four-match road series against seattle mariners on Monday
It remains to be seen whether Duran will be called up to Seattle on Tuesday.
“we will see,” Twins said manager Rocco Baldelli. “We haven’t done it before, so I don’t know. I really don’t. We’ll talk to the pitchers (Tuesday) and see how he’s moving and throwing the ball.”
“The second half has just started. We have a long time of games to start the second half, and we still have a lot of games. We will need him for a while.”
Duran, whose fastball has been clocked at 104.6 mph, said he generally felt stronger in the second half of the season. Overall this year, he is 2-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 15 saves in 34 appearances. He has struck out 47 and struck out 15 in 37 1/3 innings.
Duran stayed with his teammates on Monday, even though he was not going to pitch.
Baldelli said, “He’ll be at the ballpark all day.” “We will not send him home to lie down. He will stay here. We will talk (on Tuesday).”
Twins A three-game winning streak was snapped on Monday with a 7-6 loss. They made it interesting, however, as Max Kepler hit a three-run homer on a 1–2 count with two outs in the ninth inning to pull Minnesota to within one run.
he forced mariners Manager Scott Servais called on his close friend Paul Seewald to draw the final.
Joey Gallo also homered for Twins17th captaincy of his team in the season
Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run shot in the seventh to give Seattle a 7–3 lead.
mariners He went no runs on two hits in four innings before getting the breakthrough against All-Star Sonny Gray in the fifth. Jared Kelenick’s two-run single capped a four-run rally.
Servais said, “I felt like the quality of the at-bats got better as the game went on.” “It didn’t start out so well and Sonny Gray is really good. But after that, we made some adjustments, understanding you’re not going to hit Sonny Gray’s long ball. You have to take your singles, your moves. Work on it and we were able to do that and put together a big innings.”
Tuesday’s pitching matchup includes a pair of right-handers, Minnesota’s Bailey Ober (5-4, 2.61 ERA) and mariners Newbie Brian Wu (1-1, 3.63)
Ober has made five consecutive quality starts of six or more innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs. In his latest outing on July 7 against the visiting Baltimore Orioles he received a no decision despite allowing only one run on four hits over six innings in a game. Twins Lost 3-1 in 10 innings
Ober is 1–0 with a 4.00 ERA in two career starts against Seattle.
After the loss in his major league debut, Wu has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last six starts. In his most recent appearance, July 8 at Houston, he gave up two runs – one earned – on three hits in six innings, but earned a no-decision. mariners lost 3-2
wu will face Twins for the first time
–Field Level Media