Unexpected sluggers powered Twins vs. Mariners
Is Target Field a pitchers’ ballpark?
Not this year it isn’t.
The Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners put on a show during a recent series in Minneapolis, combining a series that featured final scores of 14-3 and 20-7 on consecutive nights.
The Twins hit a combined 11 home runs over the last three games of that series, their best three-game run since last September.
And while the usual suspects have been chipping in — team leaders Miguel Sano and Brian Dozier had one each — the surge has been powered by some unexpected sluggers.
Outfielder Eddie Rosario, who had just five home runs previously, hit three in one game Tuesday.
Backup catcher Chris Gimenez had the first multi-homer game of his career Thursday, while Max Kepler, Byron Buxton and Eduardo Escobar chipped in one home run each.
Sano continues to dominate the fan vote for the American League’s third base spot in the All-Star Game, and the numbers continue to favor his candidacy.
If he makes contact, look out.
Sano is batting .431 on the balls in play this season, a figure that leads the majors, after averaging .472 on balls in play in May.