The Rockies are 4-1 in their last five Thursday games, and 12-5 in Chatwood's last 17 road starts. Both pitchers are coming off excellent outings - Santana threw two-hit ball for seven shutout innings at Cleveland, and Marquez limited the World.
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Greg Holland struck out Dozier to end the game for his franchise-record 18th consecutive save to start the season, after entering with runners at first and second, to notch his second straight one-batter save.
There's more. Berrios is the first Twins' starter to record double-digit strikeouts since Santana on August 21, 2016 at Kansas City (10) and the first one at Target Field since Santana on August 30, 2015 against Houston (10). From exclusively a pitching perspective, the Twins have the clear upper hand. "They thought it was going to be dry until 8 o'clock".
Berrios looked like Santana has much of the season in the second game. Chatwood, in fact, was erratic, but give him credit for hanging tough, allowing two runs in five innings, despite walking five and throwing 105 pitches, just 54 for strikes.
"It's just the confidence", he said through an interpreter after Thursday's game.
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"The work I put in in the offseason and during spring training and be able to be ahead of the hitters gives me the confidence", Berrios said through an interpreter. Nolan Arenado homered and Mark Reynolds continued to pile up RBIs in a 5-1 final that guarantees a series win for Colorado. "So I felt like I sort of kept us in the game".
"I think it's just experience and he'll probably be the first to tell you", Black said Wednesday.
"I don't know if that's happened a ton", Molitor said. "I didn't have that past year". The Twins have played the fewest games in the majors. "But all the things that we've asked him to do, in terms of trying to help him find success at this level, he's been trying to address and it's been showing up so far in his first couple of starts". You don't want to get too insane about it yet, but to throw as many strikes as he has and getting ahead of as many hitters as he has and just attacking with his fastball. Not bad for a 22-year-old who, when the pitching is fully healthy, slots in at the 7th spot in the Rockies starting rotation.
Gerrit Cole shut down the best offense in the majors, holding the Washington Nationals to three hits in seven innings to win for the first time in a month as the Pittsburgh Pirates eased to a 6-1 victory.
Freeland managed his way through trouble as Minnesota left five runners on in the first four innings and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
"I feel proud of what I did on the field", Berrios said.