Tigers vs. Twins – Match Recap – July 10, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS – – Jorge Polanco hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins recovered from a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 on Saturday.
Alex Kirilloff also scored for Minnesota to put the Twins on the board in sixth. Luis Arraez produced two insurance runs with a single in the eighth inning.
“We are playing hard,” Arraez said. “That’s why we won the game today.”
The Twins have won the first three games of the series against the Tigers, with one left before the all-star break.
For a second day in a row, it wasn’t until the sixth inning that Minnesota found itself on the scoreboard against Detroit. The Twins were one sixth of four points on Friday, then on Saturday they scored two points in the sixth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.
“It’s a beautiful thing when you stay there and continue to have the drummers you are looking for and put points in all areas,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There are different ways of doing it. Today we went in depth and made a few points and we got there. “
After Andrelton Simmons recorded a 0-for-19 drop with a hit and Arraez called with a single, Polanco took reliever Joe Jimenez (2-1) deep to the right to give Minnesota a 5-point lead. -4 to the seventh.
Detroit threatened in the eighth with a tie in third and one out, but Twins reliever Alex Colomé struck out Eric Haase and Jeimer Candelario at bat to escape the jam.
“It would have changed the game more than necessarily even the Jimenez home circuit,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said of the eighth round. “The back half of this game was a mess. We haven’t done much well.
Kyle Funkhouser started Saturday’s game for the Tigers. Funkhouser allowed just two singles in the first set in 2 1/3 of work. Detroit used a total of seven pitchers on Saturday.
Niko Goodrum and Zack Short hit back-to-back solo homers in the second inning against Twins starter Bailey Ober to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. It was the third time this year that the Tigers have faced each other.
Ober gave up four runs in just 3 1/3 innings, tying the shortest of his eight starts in his debut season. Danny Coloumbe (1-0) won his first victory since 2018 with a 1 1/3 scoreless recovery.
Nelson Cruz stole his second base of the year. This is the first time since 2016 that the veteran slugger has stolen multiple bases in a season.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has big plans for next week’s All-Star break: he’s getting married.
Baldelli and his fiancee, Allie, will get married on Tuesday in a small ceremony. He said the couple are planning a bigger celebration possibly, possibly during the offseason.
“We’ve been together for a long time,” Baldelli said. “I probably should have gone and done it a little while ago, but it will be great.”
Tigers: RF Nomar Mazara was dropped from the lineup on Saturday after feeling uncomfortable. He was replaced in the lineup by SS Zack Short, Niko Goodrum moving from shortstop to outfield.
Twins: Baldelli said C Mitch Garver “hits certain thresholds” as he recovers from a bruised groin. Garver remains on track to join Triple-A St. Paul next week to begin a rehab mission.
RHP José Berríos (7-3, 3.36 ERA) will start for Minnesota in the series final on Sunday. Berríos allowed just one earned run and struck out 10 catches in seven innings in his last loss to the White Sox. Detroit will pit RHP Wily Peralta (2-1, 2.14 ERA), who is making his fifth start of the year. Peralta pitched seven scoreless innings against Texas in his most recent start.