If the Astros continue their five game losing streak, the victor of this series may be able to claim the second AL wild card spot.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs, and Garrett Richards was one out away from his second complete game this season as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 to sweep Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. “We actually lost some ground”. Unfortunately for them, since being traded, Hamels has had mixed results with a 4.04 ERA and 3.79 FIP in eight games.
“I actually think every game from here on out is important”, Hunter said.
“I’m not sure how that’s going to play out”, Molitor said. “This is what you want them to feel and hopefully they win more than they lose going forward”. “So, it kind of makes me frustrated and angry but it’s this game”. “We just couldn’t contain”. Torii Hunter put the Twins ahead with a solo homer in the second off Matt Shoemaker (7-10). “Not being able to play during a tight playoff race, it’s frustrating, but things happen”, Shoemaker told reporters. “We win today, we’re obviously in a better position, a four-game sweep on top of that”.
Los Angeles Angels’ David Murphy enters the dugout after scoring on a fielders choice hit into by C.J. Cron off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the sixth inning of game one of a split doubleheader baseball game, Saturday, September 19, 2015, in Minneapolis.
Cam Bedrosian and Cory Rasmus each forced in runs with bases-loaded walks in the fifth, and Mauer hit his ninth homer in the eighth, a 419-foot drive against Wesley Wright.
Twins starter Tyler Duffey went seven strong innings, which is easy to do when your teammates give you seven runs to work with.
While it’s unclear if Hughes will be shut down for the season, the Twins have considered limiting Duffey’s innings even though he’s pitched well. Unfortunately, they may have waited a little too long to get hot. “I’ll try to cherish it as much as possible”.
“It looked like (Escobar) had a bead on it, but he definitely didn’t catch it”, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Angels: Reliever Joe Smith suffered a sprained left ankle and was on crutches with his left foot in a boot after he tripped at the team hotel on Saturday morning.
Scioscia said Jered Weaver and Hector Santiago would start Monday and Tuesday, respectively, when the Angels begin a crucial three-game series at Houston.
Los Angeles now travels to Houston for a huge series with the Astros, while the Twins remain home to host the Cleveland Indians in a divisional matchup in the American League Central.