Twins face Padres, eyeing another home series win

minnesota twins Will look to win their fifth series in six home sets this season when they face off on Thursday afternoon san diego padres in the rubber game of the three-game series in Minneapolis

Right-hander Bailey Ober (2-0, 0.98 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season and first of his career. padres, Minnesota bounced back from a 6-1 loss to San Diego in Tuesday’s series opener to win 4-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday.

Alex Kirilloff, playing in his fourth game since being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul, drilled a single down the right field line off Domingo Tapia to drive in automatic runner Max Kepler to second in the 11th inning on Wednesday. . It was Kirilloff’s first career walk-off hit.

The Washington Nationals, who played two of three games on April 21–23, are the only visiting team to have won a series in Minnesota this season.

San Diego right-hander Yu Darvish (2-2, 3.19 ERA), who is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA in four career starts against Twinsstarts on thursday

padres Looking to build some momentum before heading to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series with the National League West-leading Dodgers

TwinsThe American League Central lead snapped a three-game losing streak on Wednesday. Kepler homered, doubled and scored three times, while Carlos Correa had an RBI double off the fence in left center and also walked twice. Kirilloff finished with two hits and a walk.

“It’s a really good win,” said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli. “The pitching went out there and took the bull by the horns. They’re a good team. We know that. Couldn’t be happier with the way we responded after (Tuesday’s loss), finding a way , to prepare oneself (to win).”

Now Twins Turn to the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Ober, who pitched seven shutout innings Friday during a 2-0 win at Cleveland. He allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out six.

Baldelli said of Ober after that contest, “I think everybody’s watching the game from our dugout, we didn’t want to take our eyes off him.” “He really was something today. … When a guy handles a game like that, he can win a game for you himself. That was close to what happened today.”

San Diego, which has lost three of its last four games, including a 5-2, 10-inning gut punch against the Dodgers on Sunday night, is 0-4 in extra-inning games.

on wednesday padres Austin took a 3–2 lead in the 10th minute with a suicide pressure pass by Nola, which led to a raucous odor. Minnesota tied it in the bottom of the opposite field on Donovan Solano’s leadoff single down the right field line that drove in automatic runner Willie Castro. It marked the second blown save for closer Josh Hader, who struck out three in the inning.

San Diego failed to score in the top of the 11th, despite loading the bases with two outs. Griffin Jaques struck out Matt Carpenter on three pitches to end the threat.

“It again comes down to – what were they, 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position? We were 0-for-5,” said San Diego manager Bob Melvin. “So we had chances. We got some big hits today, and against a really good bullpen. … Just couldn’t finish it.”

– Field Level Media