Berrios dazzles as Twins salvage doubleheader split

Posted May 19, 2017

The first game of the doubleheader will feature German Marquez (1-2, 4.88 ERA) taking the hill for the Rockies while Ervin Santana (6-1, 1.50 ERA) gets the call for Minnesota.

The Twins scored just three runs in the doubleheader, but Berrios (2-0) made his scant support in the second game hold up with the best outing of his young career. They added on three more runs in the third inning after the Twins walked Arenado to load the bases and Mark Reynolds came through with a two runs single. 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. Wednesday's rainout was the fourth this season for the Twins and the second at home. The 22-year-old Marquez took a no-hitter into the seventh against Chicago and even had a two-run single for his first major league hit. Well, that was previous year. He'll get his toughest test yet against Aaron Judge and high-powered NY, which leads the AL in runs, home runs and on-base percentage. He signed a minor-league contract a couple of weeks before spring training, and has been hard to bench even with first baseman Ian Desmond back from injury. In Thursday's second game, the Twins' Jose Berrios will face the Rockies' Tyler Chatwood. He yielded five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. He gave up only two hits and didn't walk a batter until pinch-hitter Tony Wolters drew a pass with two outs in the eighth inning, ending his night. Taylor Rogers retired a hitter and Brandon Kintzler earned his 11th save of the year for Minnesota, who leads the AL Central at 20-17.

"When we've gotten together, and this goes back to spring training, we've just talked about how we play", Colorado manager Bud Black said.

He has given up one run, four hits, walked two, hit three batters and struck out 15 in 15 1/3 innings in his two starts. In his last 11 appearances, he's allowed four hits, one walk and struck out 15.

"I kind of anticipated it was going to happen", he said. When Twins manager Paul Molitor came out to pull Berrios from the game with left-hander Charlie Blackmon up next, Twins fans gave the manager a hearty round of boos.

Thursday's doubleheader is a good test for two teams who now lead their respective divisions.

The teams started a four game set on Tuesday and that game saw the Rockies take down the Twins 7-3. Adalberto Mejia and Kyle Gibson, both of whom started the season in the rotation, have been sent down to Triple-A Rochester to get right, and both are candidates to rejoin the team this week with open spots in the rotation on Saturday and Monday.

Story begins rehab. Shortstop Trevor Story, his strained left shoulder fully healed, is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday night at Albuquerque.