Royce Lewis, Twins look to continue power surge vs. Guardians

After romping to a 20-6 victory within the opener of their three-game collection with the Cleveland Guardians, the visiting Minnesota Twins will flip to All-Star right-hander Sonny Grey to try to clinch the collection win on Tuesday evening.

The American League ERA chief, Grey (7-6, 2.92 ERA) is 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 profession begins in opposition to the Guardians. He most not too long ago confronted them final Wednesday, permitting simply three hits throughout seven scoreless innings.

Minnesota’s bullpen could not maintain a 2-0 lead after Grey’s departure in that contest, and Cleveland (66-72), behind a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun within the tenth inning, rallied for a 5-2 victory.

The Guardians‘ scheduled starter for Tuesday, rookie right-hander Tanner Bibee (10-3, 3.03), additionally began that recreation and got here away with a no-decision. He gave up two runs on 4 hits and three walks over 5 innings whereas putting out eight.

Bibee is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two profession begins in opposition to the Twins.

It was a “grand” begin to the collection for Minnesota (72-66), which prolonged its AL Central result in six video games over Cleveland with the lopsided victory.

Rookie third baseman Royce Lewis helped propel Minnesota to a 9-0 lead within the first three innings along with his third grand slam over an eight-game span. Lewis grew to become the primary rookie in main league historical past and solely the fourth participant general to perform that feat, becoming a member of Lou Gehrig (1931), Jim Northrup (1968) and Larry Parrish (1982).

Lewis, who has performed in 56 profession video games, additionally grew to become the quickest participant to hit 4 grand slams. Rudy York of the Tigers held the earlier mark with 4 in 132 video games in 1938.

“It is fairly particular,” Lewis admitted afterward. “I’ve simply been blessed with alternatives by the nice staff that we’ve and these guys placing me in good conditions. So, hopefully we get extra conditions like that for everybody.”

Minnesota supervisor Rocco Baldelli has been impressed with Lewis’ poise on the plate with runners in scoring place.

“For some (gamers) there could be added nervousness hitting with the bases loaded,” Baldelli stated. “I believe he is type of a free and straightforward man. He loves arising with folks on base. I believe you get the perfect out of him. He is displaying that. That is an incredible trait to have.”

Lewis completed 3-for-4 with six RBIs on Monday, additionally ripping a two-run, line-drive single with the bases loaded within the sixth off reliever Enyel De Los Santos that prolonged the result in 11-1. It was after that at-bat that Cleveland supervisor Terry Francona turned to backup catcher David Fry to pitch the ultimate 4 innings and provides his weary bullpen a break.

“One among my fears was that we had been going to attain a pair, and (the lead) is below eight (runs), and we won’t end the sport with out hurting any person,” Francona stated.

Fry allowed seven runs on 10 hits, together with residence runs to Joey Gallo, Kyle Farmer and Matt Wallner.

“He is sturdy sufficient mentally to simply not overdue it and he will not harm himself,” Francona stated of Fry. “And now, hopefully we’ve an opportunity to win (Tuesday), and if we do, he sucked up a bunch of innings for us.”

—Area Degree Media