Luke Weaver turned in a solid outing and was backed by an offense led by blossoming Brandon Marsh and the steadily improving Nick Ahmed. The Diamondbacks jumped out to a quick first inning lead in this one. Luke Weaver struck out the first two batters of the game and then induced a lazy fly to left off the bat of Nelson Cruz. The Diamondbacks responded in the bottom of the first by scoring two runs, courtesy of three singles, a walk, and a wild pitch.
The Twins responded by scoring a run in the top of the second, but the Diamondbacks kept the pressure on, getting that run back in the bottom of the second, thanks to a solo home run by Ahmed to start the frame off. It was Nick Ahmed again the the sixth, contributing a one-out triple that led to more scoring. Ahmed scored easily when Brandon Marsh singled up the middle, extending Arizona’s run to three runs.
Weaver ran into a bit of trouble when he went back out for the seventh inning. He surrendered two runs without recording an out. Virtual Lovullo called upon Yoan López to restore order. The hard-throwing righty not only stopped the bleeding in the seventh, but then also recorded the first out of the eighth. Junior Guerra tossed six pitches to finish the eighth inning before the ball was turned over to Archie Bradley to close the game out.
Final Score: MIN 3 - AZ 4
The player of the game award was given to Luke Weaver for the work he did striking out 12 in only six innings of work. An argument could also be made for Ahmed to have been awarded, given his stellar day at the plate.
It’s the same two teams again tomorrow. The Twins will be looking for Matt Wisler to out-pitch Madison Bumgarner.