MILWAUKEE — Miguel Sanó and Mitch Garver homered to again up Michael Pineda, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 Sunday to win the season-opening collection.
Luis Arraez went Three of three with a pair of walks because the Twins took two of three. Max Kepler and Sanó every drove in three runs.
Pineda (1-0) gave up only one unearned run in 5 innings. The appropriate-hander struck out 5, walked two and allowed 4 hits.
“I consider in my crew,” Pineda mentioned. “I do know we now have a fantastic crew.”
Cody Stashak, Hansel Robles and Jorge Alcala mixed for 4 innings of one-hit reduction. The one hit the bullpen allowed got here on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s sixth-inning homer off Stashak.
The Brewers scored eight runs and struck out 36 instances within the three-game collection.
“They pitched rather well,” mentioned Bradley, who scored each of the Brewers’ runs Sunday. “You’ve bought to present them credit score. They executed the sport plan. We really feel like we didn’t execute our recreation plan. We have now to make an adjustment and go from there.”
Garver broke a 1-all tie and put the Twins forward for good when he hit a solo shot to proper discipline off Brewers starter Adrian Houser (0-1) with one out within the fifth.
Pineda bought out of a bases-loaded jam within the backside half of the fifth by hanging out Avisaíl García.
“When there have been runners on base or site visitors or something like that, he actually dials it in,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “He finds a method to get via conditions, finds a method to get a swing-and-a-miss or some weak contact. He simply retains pitching.”
Minnesota broke open the sport within the sixth with 4 runs off Drew Rasmussen. Kepler hit a two-run single and Sanó adopted with a two-run homer.
The Twins benefited that inning from an error by first baseman Keston Hiura, whose excessive throw to second on a fielder’s selection pulled shortstop Luis Urías off the bag.
Hiura is a transformed second baseman who had by no means performed first base earlier than this season. He switched positions to make room for Kolten Wong, a two-time Gold Glove second baseman who signed with the Brewers in February.
One encouraging signal for the Brewers was the best way Houser carried out as he makes an attempt to bounce again from a 2020 season through which he went 1-6 with a 5.30 ERA.
Houser struck out 4 whereas permitting two runs, 4 hits and two walks in 5 innings.
“They’re a good-hitting ballclub,” Houser mentioned. “You’ve simply go to maintain working back-and-forth, making an attempt to maintain them off steadiness as a lot as you’ll be able to as a result of they’re going to be ready so that you can make a mistake. Identical to right now, they hit a number of errors and put some good swings on them.”
Twins: CF Byron Buxton left within the third inning with an sickness unrelated to COVID-19, in response to crew officers. Buxton, who homered in every of the Twins’ first two video games, doubled in his solely plate look Sunday.
Brewers: Assistant athletic coach Dave Yeager spent the evening within the hospital after showing to break down within the backside of the ninth inning of Saturday’s recreation whereas helping residence plate umpire CB Bucknor, who had been hit within the throat space with a foul ball.
Milwaukee supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned Sunday that Yeager was lightheaded and intensely dehydrated after the sport however had began feeling higher. Counsell mentioned after the sport that Yeager was nonetheless within the hospital.
Twins; Begin a three-game collection at Detroit on Monday. Scheduled starters are Minnesota’s José Ureña (0-3, 5.40 ERA for Miami final 12 months) and Detroit’s Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 for Toronto) in a matchup of right-handers.
Brewers: Open a three-game highway set with the Chicago Cubs on Monday. LHP Brett Anderson (4-4, 4.21) pitches for the Brewers. The Cubs are anticipated to begin RHP Trevor Williams (2-8, 6.18 with Pittsburgh).