Twins vs. Guardians – Game Recap – September 18, 2022

CLEVELAND — — Joe Ryan pitched shutout ball for the second straight outing and have become solely the second Minnesota starter to succeed in the eighth inning this season, main the Twins over the AL-Central main Cleveland Guardians 3-0 on Sunday.

Jake Cave hit a solo homer within the second off Cody Morris (0-2) and AL batting chief Luis Arraez added a two-run single within the ninth in opposition to Enyel De Los Santos. Third-place Minnesota stopped an eight-recreation shedding streak in opposition to Cleveland, and the second-place Chicago White Sox moved inside 3½ video games of the Guardians.

Cleveland had received the primary three video games of the 5-recreation collection, which ends Monday, The third-place Twins path the Guardians by six video games.

“It was form of like a stopper-kind efficiency from him at a time everybody felt we would have liked somebody to go on the market and do one thing similar to that,” supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated.

Ryan (12-8) allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out 5 and walked two in his first begin since being pulled after seven hitless innings and 106 pitches in opposition to Kansas City. The solely prior Minnesota starter to succeed in the eighth this yr was Dylan Bundy on June 18 at Arizona.

“It’s tremendous necessary to me,” Ryan stated of pitching deep. “It’s one thing we have been making an attempt to evangelise as a employees the entire yr. It hasn’t occurred as constantly as we might have favored.”

Ryan stated he took his regular method, which is having a no-hitter on his thoughts from the time he takes the mound.

“I give it some thought each recreation till no matter occurs occurs,” he stated. “If it occurs on the primary pitch, I’m like there goes the no-hitter.”

Center fielder Gilberto Celestino made a working catch close to the warning monitor of José Ramirez’s drive to finish a menace within the sixth. The Twins’ infield additionally turned three double performs.

“Celestino’s catch was past electrical,” Ryan stated. “That’s most likely essentially the most double performs I’ve had all yr.”

Ryan was pulled after Myles Straw’s two-out single within the eighth. Jovani Moran retired Andrés Giménez on a flyout and Jhoan Duran pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Ramirez drew a one-out stroll, however Duran struck out the ultimate two hitters.

The Twins misplaced each video games of Saturday’s day-evening doubleheader, together with the nightcap that lasted 15 innings.

“Great day on the ballpark, stunning day on the market after an actual lengthy day on the ballpark,” Baldelli stated. “It’s superb what an amazing effort out of your beginning pitcher and a pair massive swings does for placing a great vibe again into issues.”

Morris struck out six over six innings in his fourth main league begin.

“He crammed up the strike zone, higher every day trip, changeup was efficient,” supervisor Terry Francona stated. “As he will get extra consistency with that curveball that is actually going to assist.”

Other than Cave’s house run, Morris’ hardest battle got here within the first throughout a 14-pitch battle with Arraez to start the sport that ended with a line-drive single to proper.

RECORD BOOK

Giménez was hit by a pitch for the twenty first time this season, yet another than the earlier membership document set by Ryan Garko in 2007. … Amed Rosario had eight hits Saturday, tying the Cleveland document for many hits in a doubleheader. Rosario had 4 hits in every recreation. Nap Lajoie (1910), George Burns (1924) and Earl Averill (1933) additionally had eight hits in a doubleheader.

ROSTER MOVES

Minnesota chosen the contract of RHP Ronny Henriquez from Triple-A St. Paul He would grow to be the primary Twins participant who was born within the 2000s to look in a recreation. Henriquez was born on June 20, 2000. …RHP Dereck Rodriguez, who pitched the ultimate 3 2/3 innings and acquired the loss in Saturday’s second recreation, was designated for task.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: 2B Nick Gordon was out of the lineup after enjoying each video games Saturday, however walked as a pinch-hitter within the ninth. He was faraway from Friday’s recreation after fouling a ball off his foot and was hit on the arm by a pitch in Saturday’s second recreation.

Guardians: Francona stated RHP Zach Plesac (damaged proper hand) will go on a minor league rehab task or throw a simulated recreation Tuesday. Plesac has been on the injured checklist since Aug. 30

UP NEXT

RHP Sonny Gray (8-4, 2.83 ERA) will begin for Minnesota within the collection finale. Gray is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA in three begins in opposition to the Guardians this season. RHP Cal Quantrill (12-5, 3.51 ERA) will pitch for Cleveland. Quantrill is 12-0 in 41 video games at Progressive Field and has gone 33 straight house begins with no loss.

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