Twins @ Astros May 31, 2023

2b Dubon
SS Peña
DH Alvarez
3b Bregman
RF Tucker
1b Abreu
LF McCormick
CF Meyers
C Maldonado

P Brown

After a strike out and ground out, Brown wins a 12 pitch battle to strike out Kiriloff.

12 pitch ab by Kiriloff was a battle

Dubon with a 3-2 fly out followed by 2 quick ground outs.

End 1, 0-0

Brown strikes out the side in the second.

Throw some ground balls, kid. You’ll go deeper in the game.

Mid 2, 0-0


Bregman singles but a DP and ground out end that quickly.

End 2, no score

Not good, Brown

2 oppo singles and a 4 pitch BB load the bases with nobody out

Center cut FB makes it 2-0.

Single, single, walk loads it up.

Brown gets a K but then an opposite field single, plus a bobble by Tucker, scores 2.

2-0 Twins

Tucker dribbled the ball after the pickup so runner from 2nd scores without a throw and guy on 1st takes 3rd easily.



Tucker needs a chamois.

The would be strike three at the top of the inning that bounced in the dirt is looming especially large right now.

To me, that clearly got to Brown and he hasn’t been able to pitch out of it.

Definitely no sticky stuff on his hands or glove.

Looked like he slipped on the first one, thus the bobble.

This is the issue when you rely on three young pitchers. They’re more likely to have short outings.

Mid 3, 3-0 Twins. Hunter will be very lucky to finish 5.

Was that confirmed as to what happened?

I couldn’t really see it and I don’t know if it was reviewable anyway. I agree that it got to him.

Why didn’t we turn the wind machine on for Chas right there?

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7 pitch inning by the bottom of the order…just what Brown needed

Bot 3:

Chas with warning track power to RF, easy catch.
Jake bounces out quickly.
Maldonado tries to take his time but strikes out quickly.

End 3, 3-0 Twins.

Brown 72 pitches
Varland 24 pitches

Sadly, yes. Replay showed it just bounced into Maldy’s mitt. Would’ve been a huge out. As MM said, part of the process with these young pitchers.