Royce Lewis (24), the first overall pick in the 2017 rookie draft, gave the Minnesota Twins their first postseason victory in 19 years.
Minnesota held the first home game of the American메이저사이트 League Wild Card Series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 4th (Korean time).
On this day, Minnesota won 3-1 thanks to starting pitcher Pablo Lopez’s one-run pitch in 5 2/3 innings and Lewis’ two home runs that knocked out Kevin Gausman.
With this, Minnesota achieved its first postseason victory in 19 years since Game 1 of the American League Division Series (ALDS) in 2004. First win in 19 games.
Lewis started as Minnesota’s number three designated hitter on this day and hit a two-run shot over the left wall to Gausman in the first inning with one out and a runner on first base.
Lewis then took the lead in the third inning with a 2-0 lead and hit Gausman with a one-run shot, this time over the right-center field fence. He sank Gausman with consecutive home runs.
As a result, Minnesota took the lead 3-0 early in the game, and Gausman had to come off the mound after pitching only 4 2/3 innings.
Minnesota maintained the lead it gained through Lewis’ two home runs. Lopez pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run, and relief pitcher pitched 4 1/3 innings without allowing a run.
As a result, Minnesota won 3-1, leaving just one win remaining to advance to the ALDS. Lopez got the win, and Yoan Duran got the save by blocking the 9th inning.
On the other hand, Toronto lost 1-3 after only scoring 1 point in the 6th inning thanks to Kevin Kiermaier’s timely hit. It was big that Gausman, whom I trusted, hit two home runs from Lewis.
Additionally, Toronto’s batting lineup had multi-hits by Kiermaier and Bo Bichette, who had the only RBI, and the rest of the batters were unable to use their power against the Minnesota mound.
Both teams will play the second game at the same venue on the 5th. Starting pitchers include Jose Berrios and Sonny Gray. In the starting matchup, Minnesota has the advantage.