Twins vs Angels – Game Recap – May 20, 2021
ANAHEIM, Calif .– Alex Cobb hadn’t pitched in 16 days while waiting for a blister on his right middle finger to heal. By the time another blister began to form on his comeback, Cobb and the Los Angeles Angels were already well on their way to victory.
Phil Gosselin hit a home run and scored a three-run brace in the first two innings, and Cobb pitched a solid five innings in the Angels’ 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in Game 1 of a doubles. makeup.
Taylor Ward added a two-run homerun for the Angels in Game 1 of a double-game made necessary by a COVID-19 outbreak among the Twins while they were in Anaheim last month, forcing a postponement of two games of the weekend.
Cobb (2-2) gave up four hits and one run in his first start since missing 14 games as his blister subsided. Cobb, who was called out after just 57 shots, has allowed just one earned run in 10 innings in his last two starts.
“As the game progresses you start to get more aggressive,” said Cobb. “You just walk into the flow of the game and little signals come back to you, and you start to feel a lot better.”
Cobb came out after just 57 shots due to a new blistering issue, manager Joe Maddon said. Cobb called it “a little hot spot,” but didn’t sound too worried.
“I thought he was getting better and better,” Maddon said. “I love it when his curve ball is active. Another part of the year, different circumstances, he could have at least another round. But with a really cool field in a seven innings game, it didn’t make sense.
Gosselin’s four RBIs tied the best total of his nine-year Big League career, and the Angels won only for the third time in nine games despite resting Major League home runner Shohei Ohtani. and the use of the Jared Walsh slugger for the last two innings only.
Rob Refsnyder led in the lone race for the Twins, who lost nine of 11. The double makeup forced them to fly from Minneapolis to Orange County and return to Cleveland in an approximate time frame of two days.
Slugger Nelson Cruz was hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the sixth inning. He stayed in the game, but he wasn’t expected to play the last drink due to a bruised wrist.
Lewis Thorpe (0-2) produced five hits, two goals and one earned run in four innings for the Twins, but Los Angeles scored three unearned runs in the second when Gosselin’s brace followed the error of the third. goal Josh Donaldson.
Thorpe was the Twins’ 27th man for the doubles, and the Australian southpaw admitted after his third Big League start to the season that it was difficult to get up and down from Triple-A.
“It’s tough, but I have to do it and I have to improve myself,” Thorpe said. “I feel like I’m part of the team, but not really. It’s just hard to come one day at a time. It’s like that.”
Gosselin hit his first home run for the Angels in the first inning, but Miguel Sanó made a single and scored for Minnesota in the second on a fly sacrificed by Refsnyder, who is from nearby Laguna Hills.
Gosselin’s four RBIs equaled his career record set on September 1, 2015 for Arizona at Colorado – also in Game 1 of a doubles.
Ward hit his third homer of the season against Tyler Duffey in the fifth.
Ohtani got his first day off of the season after pitching the fifth inning and leading 1 for 3 at home on Wednesday against Cleveland. Ohtani’s speed was visibly declining on the mound, though the two-way star refused to attribute it to fatigue from overwork.
Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli was due to watch Game 2 of the doubles face from a suspended sequel after Duffey threw himself behind the White Sox’s Mercedes Yermín on Tuesday. The Twins were apparently responding at the Mercedes circuit on a 3-0 pitch, while Chicago had an 11-point lead a day earlier.
Duffey was suspended for three games, but he appealed, which saw the Angels beat him for four hits and three runs in the fifth.
Twins: RHP Kenta Maeda, who has a minor groin injury, and players on the Minnesota injured list did not make the day trip to the West Coast. … Byron Buxton (hip) started light jogging.
Angels: Rookie reliever Chris Rodriguez (right shoulder) started a bullpen session this week. He should be back soon, Maddon said.
Twins: José Berríos (3-2, 3.74 ERA) starts the second match of the doubles.
Angels: Griffin Canning (3-2, 4.78 ERA) starts second game in doubles.