Rockies-Twins game postponed by stormy weather

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

Ace right-hander Ervin Santana (6-1, 1.50 ERA) was set to start the Wednesday home game against the Colorado Rockies, and Molitor didn't want to lose Santana to a short outing if the game was postponed after starting. Santana has been not just one of the best pitchers this season, but one of the best in all of baseball going back to last July.

Over on the Twins' side, they're rolling with RHP Jose Berrios on Thursday evening.

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. Talk about setting a tone for the offense.

Kepler singled to center in the first to drive in Grossman, and Grossman plated Ehire Adrianza with a single in the fourth. Mark Reynolds added a two-run single as the Rockies tied for second in the majors with their 13th road win of the season. He worked out of the early jams beautifully, pounding the edges of the strike zone with his moving fastball and making smart use of the curve. Eddie Rosario brings 33 hits, 13 runs and 11 RBI into Thursday, while Miguel Sano has 33 hits, 27 runs and 30 RBI to his credit so far.

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Marquez, one of three rookies now in the rotation, stretched his scoreless streak to 15 straight innings until a triple by Eddie Rosario led to the only run.

His final line: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He threw 62 of his 101 pitches for strikes and induced five groundouts to two pop outs. "Explosive, quick heater, that sweeping curveball that he can turn into a slider", Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond said. Chris Rusin pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, helped out by Adam Ottavino who shut the door with a couple runners on in the seventh inning. Colorado (25-15) has a two-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. "You just don't see that ratio in today's game unless you really are making pitches". By comparison, the 2014 Rockies won a not-so-grand total of 21 road games the entire season.

Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo homer as Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 9-5, giving manager Joe Maddon his 1,000th career win. He is the first Twins starter to record 11 or more strikeouts since Ervin Santana did it on September 5, 2015 at Houston (11) and the first Twins starter to do it at Target Field since Francisco Liriano accomplished the feat on July 13, 2012 against Oakland (15).

His name was Jose Berrios, Minnesota's 22-year-old right-hander who dominated Colorado hitters and led Minnesota to 2-0 victory in the second game of a split doubleheader. With the Washington Nationals losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon, the Rockies now have the best record in all of the National League. They will get a chance to improve upon that with the second game of this double-header this evening.

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