Tigers vs Twins – Game Recap – August 1, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS — — Gio Urshela returned to work after his wife gave birth to their new daughter and gave the Minnesota Twins a critical victory with the first game-ending homer of his career.
The Twins, exhausted from injuries, badly needed the jolt.
from Urshela two-point circuit in the 10th inning, Jose Miranda drove in three RBIs as Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Monday night and maintained their one-game lead in the AL Central.
“We have a good composition. We all trust each other, so I kind of knew something was going to happen soon,” said Miranda, who hit a tie, simple two-point in the eighth and drove the automatic runner with his single in the 10th.
Urshela finished it with his drive high on the grass berm beyond Alex Lange’s center field (4-2). That kept the Twins lonely in first place, just ahead of Cleveland after the Guardians beat Arizona in 11 innings.
“A lot of emotions,” said Urshela, who was on the paternity list for three days as his wife, Danna, gave birth to a healthy daughter, Gianna. “Baby and go and win. It’s good for the team.”
Urshela’s jump-to-the-plate salutes and water-spray came long after Tigers ace Tarik Skubal was retired after five scoreless innings after complaining of left arm fatigue. He gave up three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts on 77 pitches, his third less of the season, in what could have been his last start with the team out of contention with the trade deadline looming. tuesday.
“I didn’t want to put myself in danger of something bad happening,” Skubal said.
Detroit manager AJ Hinch was glad Skubal spoke up.
“We want guys to communicate openly. It’s not about determination or tenacity,” Hinch said. “He’s one of the toughest kids on our team.”
Akil Baddoo delivered a single for Detroit in the lead of the 10th winner Griffin Jax (5-2). Tucker Barnhart drove in the first two points for the Tigers, who fell to 16-36 on the road.
The Twins played their first of 20 home games in August, their most in a month since they played 22 times at Metropolitan Stadium in June 1977.
The turning point in the schedule and the promise of comfort on the pitch couldn’t have come soon enough, after a 10-12 record in July saw their slim division lead become even more precarious under the weight of a staff of sputtered pitchers.
Aaron Sanchez, who made seven starts for Washington with an 8.33 ERA earlier this season before being released, was called up from Triple-A St. Paul to replace Minnesota’s shocked rotation and provided five solid sleeves. Sanchez allowed four hits, including a two-out RBI single from Barnhart in the fourth and a walk with eight strikeouts.
“Call it a trade deadline acquisition for sure,” Sanchez said. “Hopefully I can be as sharp for the rest of my time here, and hopefully we can win as many games as possible down the stretch.”
Miranda tied the game or gave the Twins the lead with 14 of 42 RBIs in his rookie season, a much-needed contribution for a team with five position players on the disabled list. That doesn’t include All-Star center fielder Byron Buxton, who played all season with a bad knee and was unavailable Monday.
“The big moments, I just love them,” Miranda said.
The injured list also does not, at this time, include outfielders Kyle Garlick or Alex Kirilloff. Kirilloff, who is unable to swing without wrist pain, came in for two innings on defense after Garlick went out with an inflamed right rib. Tim Beckham then beat for Kirilloff once his place in the order appeared and stayed in the game.
Tigers: RHP Wily Peralta, out last month with a strained left hamstring, joined the squad with a targeted reinstatement on Wednesday, Hinch said.
Twins: C Ryan Jeffers, who is expected to miss another four to six weeks to recover from a broken right thumb, underwent surgery during the All-Star break to insert screws designed to speed healing. His wife also happens to be 39 weeks pregnant with their first child, so the bonus is that he has been able to spend more time at home. The downside is the bulky cast. “She’s like, ‘I won’t have this baby until you get this thing out of your hand. It smells too bad,” Jeffers said.
Tigers: RHP Matt Manning is set to be reinstated on the 60-day injured list so he can start Tuesday night, the first appearance for the 2016 No. 1 draft pick since developing shoulder inflammation on the 16th April that forced him off the mound.
Twins: RHP Chris Archer (2-5, 4.04 ERA) is set to take the mound for the midpoint game of the series, after a season-worst outing when he allowed six runs in three innings to Milwaukee last week . Archer’s turn in the rotation was pushed back a day, prompting Sanchez to be promoted.