Twins Jose Berrios Earns 2nd MLB Win, Despite Early Struggles
Rookie pitcher retired 16 straight batters after rough first inning.
The Minnesota Twins top pitching prospect Jose Berrios started just his fifth major league game, but after Monday’s Twins victory over the Cleveland Indians, he walked away with his second career MLB victory.
In the first inning, the Twins gave Berrios an early 2-0 lead after Max Kepler his a two-run shot over the right center field fence for his 12th dinger on the season.
But in the bottom of the inning, Berrios struggled after recording the first two outs. He then allowed a single from Francisco Lindor, hit Mike Napoli on a 3-2 count, then allowed an RBI single to Jose Ramirez and a two RBI-double from Lonnie Chisenhall.
Then the rookie pitcher went on a roll and retired the next 16 batters before Napoli reached base on a fielding error by center fielder Eddie Rosario in the bottom of the sixth inning.
For the night, Berrios tossed six innings putting himself in position for the win, allowing three runs on four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Twins offense took off, scoring one in the second, five in the third, two in the sixth and eight en-route to a 12-5 thumping of the first place Indians.