MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Minnesota
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

STL
2
CHC
1
F
TOR
4
NYY
3
F
SEA
3
BAL
5
F
WAS
6
MIA
4
F
NYM
8
CIN
1
F
CHW
10
DET
1
F
BOS
4
TB
5
F(11)
PHI
2
CLE
5
F
SF
0
ATL
6
F
KC
3
MIN
4
F
PIT
1
MIL
10
F
LAA
4
HOU
6
F
TEX
0
OAK
8
F
ARI
9
SD
0
F
COL
5
LAD
12
F

September 20, 2019 8:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (56-99)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

3

7

0

Minnesota (95-59)

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

x

4

5

1

W: Dobnak (1-1)

L: Skoglund (0-2)

S: May (2)

KC - HR: none

MIN - HR: none

Twins top Royals 4-3, move closer to AL Central title
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:40 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two years ago, Randy Dobnak had no idea he would be pitching in the majors this September. Without worry, Dobnak and his girlfriend planned their wedding.

Now he's getting married eight days after his first big league win.

Dobnak pitched 5 1/3 effective innings, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Friday night.

The Twins won for the sixth time in eight games to maintain their four-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. They reduced their magic number to clinch the division title to five with eight games to play.

"Yeah, I'm having the time of my life up here," Dobnak said.

Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double for the Twins, and Miguel Sano had a run-scoring triple.

Kansas City has dropped seven of eight to fall to 56-99. It is one defeat away from its second consecutive 100-loss season and No. 6 in franchise history.

The Royals could give the majors four 100-loss teams in a single season for only the second time.

Dobnak (1-1) gave up one run and three hits in his fourth start and eighth major league appearance overall. He has surrendered two earned runs in 10 1/3 innings over his past two outings.

"He's pitched great for us," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He certainly has earned that win, this year and big picture. He's certainly earned it."

Royals manager Ned Yost was impressed.

"I like the fact that he had run to his fastball," Yost said. "He had some sink to his fastball. He had some fastballs that were going two different ways. We thought he had a good slider. He had a real quick arm which had deception built in, especially on the slider."

Trevor May struck out the side in his second save of the season.

Baldelli said Dobnak will make one more appearance before leaving for his wedding in Williamsport, Maryland, on Sept. 28.

"The best is yet to come, though, getting married," Dobnak said.

SKOGLUND'S OUTING

Eric Skoglund (0-2) gave up two runs and three hits in four innings for Kansas City.

Minnesota jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly, and Sano tripled home Jorge Polanco.

"I felt strong, honestly, from the beginning," Skoglund said. "I walked the first hitter, unfortunately, and that grinds my gears a little. And then the second hitter got that little knock down the line. But other than that, I felt really strong."

Kansas City got one back on Alex Gordon's RBI double in the sixth, but Gonzalez responded with his two-run double in the bottom half.

BUXTON UPDATE

Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton was back in the team's clubhouse after he had left shoulder surgery on Sept. 10.

Buxton said the surgery was to repair the labrum and he'll be in recovery and rehab for four to six months. Buxton's left arm will be immobilized in a sling for six weeks. He hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season.

"It was a little bit better than what they anticipated, which is a very good part," Buxton said. "It's just one of those things. Frustrating, but it's part of the process."

Buxton got hurt when he collided with the center-field wall in Miami on Aug. 1.

"I think I just hit it at an awkward angle," Buxton said. "I know I felt it when I dislocated it. But at the time, with the adrenaline pumping, you don't really think about it."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: DH Jorge Soler fouled a ball off the top of his left foot during an at-bat in the third inning and was checked out by trainers before staying in the game.

Twins: 1B C.J. Cron started for the first time since Sept. 15. He is dealing with a bruised thumb. Baldelli said the team has "been experimenting a little bit" with some of the rehab work to allow Cron to return. Baldelli said Cron won't play every day but is feeling better.

UP NEXT

Royals: Right-hander Glenn Sparkman (4-11, 6.02 ERA) will start against Minnesota for the fourth time this season.

Twins: Right-hander Jose Berrios (13-8, 3.58 ERA) has given up just two runs in 14 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
E. Skoglund (L, 0-2) 4 3 2 1 0 4.50 1.000
Minnesota IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Dobnak (W, 1-1) 5.1 3 1 2 5 1.69 0.938
T. May (S, 2) 1 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
R. McBroom 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.3
J. Soler 2 1 2 0 0 2 1 1 1.3
Minnesota AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Sano 3 1 1 0 1 1 3 0 1.6
J. Polanco 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.1

Team Comparison

KC MIN
At Bats 33 28
Hits 7 5
Batting Average .212 .179
On Base Percentage .316 .250
Slugging Percentage 0.242 0.357
Doubles 1 3
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 0 0
Total Bases 8 10
Walks 3 3
Strikeouts 11 1
Stolen Bases 3 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 8 4
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/9 3/7
Double Plays Fielded 0 2
Errors 0 1

2019 Regular Season - MIN Leads Series 11-3

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Apr 2 MIN 5 @ KC 4 T. Hildenberger B. Boxberger
Wed Apr 3 MIN 7 @ KC 6 T. May W. Peralta
Fri Jun 14 KC 0 @ MIN 2 K. Gibson J. Diekman
Sat Jun 15 KC 4 @ MIN 5 J. Odorizzi G. Sparkman
Sun Jun 16 KC 8 @ MIN 6 J. Lopez M. Perez
Thu Jun 20 MIN 1 @ KC 4 G. Sparkman J. Odorizzi
Fri Jun 21 MIN 8 @ KC 7 R. Harper J. Diekman
Sat Jun 22 MIN 5 @ KC 3 T. May W. Peralta
Sun Jun 23 MIN 1 @ KC 6 H. Bailey M. Pineda
Fri Aug 2 KC 9 @ MIN 11 T. May R. Lovelady
Sat Aug 3 KC 3 @ MIN 11 K. Gibson D. Duffy
Sun Aug 4 KC 0 @ MIN 3 D. Smeltzer B. Keller
Thu Sep 19 KC 5 @ MIN 8 L. Thorpe J. Barnes
Fri Sep 20 KC 3 @ MIN 4 R. Dobnak E. Skoglund

Game Information

Stadium: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 29,468
Game Time: 3:00
Weather: 83F, Clear
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?