Boston, Massachusetts 2021-05-03 07:40:07 –
For the first time in almost a month, Minnesota Twins can feel a sense of accomplishment rather than frustration.
The Twins hope to win their first series in almost a month and continue their attacks on Monday night, hosting the Texas Rangers as the opener of the four-game series.
Minnesota has stolen two of the three from Kansas City Royals, scoring 22 runs with two wins. The Twins also scored 32 runs in the last three wins, dropping 13 out of 15 games on April 10-27, and then 3-1 in the last four games.
The Twins won the series for the first time since winning two of the three from the Detroit Tigers from April 5th to 7th. Minnesota also recorded the first home series victory after Andrelton Simmons, Alex Kirilloff and Mitch Garver went home on Sunday with a 13-4 defeat in the Royals and the attack scored 14 hits. did.
In the last four games, Twins has hit .281 (39-for-139). With a slump in 15 games, they hit .214 and were kept below 3 runs in 11 innings.
“I think the approach is consistent from 1 to 9,” Gerber said. “The balls have been unsuccessful in the last few weeks, whether or not they were caught bloops. I hit some of the caught balls today. Some of them are starting to fall on our way. I think this is a good sign of what’s to come. “
Texas is also having a great weekend as it has won three close quarters from the Boston Red Sox and robbed three of the four. Before taking the series with the Red Sox, the Rangers had dropped eight out of twelve games.
On Sunday, the Rangers rallyed late for a 5-3 victory by scoring three in eight. David Dahl and Brock Holt scored in the 8th inning, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored in error after homeling in the 7th inning.
Dar made his big hit with 4 hits in 34 at-bats in his previous 10 games after Sunday. Kinner Falefa returned home after finishing the double shy cycle on Saturday and has hit .380 (19-50) in the last 12 games.
“That should give us a lot of momentum,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said of taking the series from the team with the highest record in the American League East. “I say this again, and I always say it, we had to keep it up. Often you can be a little disappointed after such a series. . “
Right-handed Kenta Maeda (1-2, 6.56 ERA) is leaving for Minnesota on Monday, finishing two rough outings that inflated his ERA.
Maeda pitched to 3.07 ERA in the first three outings, but in the past two starts, he allowed 12 runs with 16 hits, including 6 home runs in 8 2/3 innings. He lost 7-4 in Cleveland on Tuesday, allowing 5 runs with 8 hits in 52/3 innings.
Maeda had a 4.50 ERA in his previous two appearances, with one start against Texas when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Texas will face Dane Dunning (1-1, 3.97) of Justice, who did not allow home runs in the 21 2/3 innings from April 6th. Innings of 4-3 defeat to the Angels on Wednesday.
Dunning’s only career start against Minnesota occurred on September 15th, when the Chicago White Sox won 6-2, 7 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 win.
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