Twins Show Brains to Go With All That Meat in Latest Win

May 17, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Ehire Adrianza (13) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Minnesota Twins posted a 7-1 victory over the Mariners last night but the runs that touched home for the away team weren’t like the those from previous games this season. The Twins saw just one ball go over the fence… Not what we are used to seeing from this ball club, but in a sense, it is something that can be encouraging moving forward.

 When a team relies too much on the Homerun (like Seattle) and you aren’t in-fact hitting a lot of homeruns, your offense is going to struggle. Just look to the other dugout for a perfect example. The Mariners have lost 9 of their last 11 games, after starting the year 13-2. Last night saw the Twins get just the one solo homerun, with the other runs coming from 2 sacrifice flies, 2 singles and a double. The Twins can hit homeruns, yes, but they also have a lineup that can manufacture runs with base hits and productive outs. Moving forward, that will be vital to this team’s success. The more ways you can attack a team with your sticks, the better.

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 Our latest W, paired with the Indians 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, has pushed the Twins (29-15) lead in the AL Central to a season high 5 1/2 games and only a 1/2 game behind the Astros (30-15), for the best record in the game. It’s an easy mantra at this point, keep hitting, keep pitching, keep winning. Easier said then done, but whatever Rocco is saying, these players are hearing.

Adrianza’s homerun last night pushed the season total to 81 for the Twins, which places them 3rd in the Majors. Just as we all predicted. I think we all knew they would hit, just not everything in sight.

Jose Berrios takes the bump tonight, looking to get back on track after getting hit around pretty good his last time out against Detroit. The Twins set out for their 30th win in just their 45th game. Efficiency at its finest.

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Brian Heintz | Minnesota Sports Fan

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