Lopez, inspired by Santana, pitches well, allowing 1 run in 5.2 innings


Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez pitched well.

Lopez started Game 1 of the Wild Card Series against the Toronto Blue Jays held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 4th (Korean time), allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 1 run in 5 2/3 innings.

He blocked Toronto’s batting line by not allowing a single hit until he allowed a hit to right field to Bob Bichette in the 4th inning.

Defense also helped him. Center fielder Michael A. Taylor threw his body to catch Alejandro Kirk’s batted ball in the second inning and block the hit.

In the fourth inning, right fielder Max Kepler threw himself into the fence and caught Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s batted ball.

In the same inning, with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Kevin Kiermaier’s infield hit led to second base runner Bisset going around third base and home, and shortstop Carlos Correa accurately threw the ball to home and put him out.

There weren’t many strikeouts, but he came out when needed. After sending out leadoff hitter Matt Chapman with a single in the 5th inning, he ended the inning by striking out Brandon Belt in the ensuing crisis with 2 outs and runners on third base.

He allowed a run in the sixth inning. With 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Kiermaier gave up a left-field hit, and the runner on second base came home. It was his last fight.

Louis Barland, who came on as a relief pitcher, caught Chapman and prevented additional runs.

Meanwhile, Lopez became a hot topic that day by wearing Johan Santana’s 2004 uniform to the stadium. 2004 was the last year Minnesota won in the postseason. The starter at the time was Johan Santana.레모나토토

He inherited Santana’s energy and played well on this day, creating an opportunity to break the team’s postseason losing streak.

Director Rocco Baldelli said, “He loves history and nostalgia. He seems to get strength from that. “At the same time, I am also a uniform collector,” he said, praising Lopez’s choice as a “great choice.”

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