MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Minnesota0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 241
San Diego0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 x 370
  W: S. Manaea (6-5)   L: D. Bundy (6-5)   S: L. García (1)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, July 31, 2022
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 37,336

Twins look to continue mastery of Padres

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Twins at San Diego Padres

  1. The Twins are 15-5 (.750) all-time against the Padres, the best record for any club versus any single opponent since 1900 (minimum 20 games played). Minnesota is 8-2 all-time in San Diego, including splitting a two-game series at Petco Park in its last visit there in 2017.
  2. Minnesota dropped both games of its two-game set in Milwaukee, losing 7-6 on Tuesday and 10-4 on Wednesday. The Twins are 5-9 in their last 14 contests, posting a collective ERA of 6.24 over that span, a figure that ranks 29th in MLB since July 6 (Boston -- 7.23).
  3. Jose Miranda has nine hits and five RBI over his last three games and 26 hits and 21 RBI over his last 20. He is the first Twins rookie with 25+ hits and 20+ RBI in a 20-game span since Miguel Sano in 2015.
  4. San Diego led 3-2 in Detroit on Wednesday before falling 4-3, suffering its 24th blown-lead loss this year, a total that has accounted for over half (53.3%) of its 45 defeats. The Cubs are the only other club with over half of their losses coming via a blown lead (33/58, 56.9%).
  5. Blake Snell has not faced the Twins since 2019 but has 7.15 ERA in five career starts against them, his worst mark versus any club he has faced at least five times. He picked up his second win of 2022 after pitching 5.0 shutout innings against the Mets on Saturday.
  6. Joe Ryan has held hitters to a .198 batting average in his career, the second-lowest mark by any Twin through 20 career big-league starts, bested only by Francisco Liriano's .190 mark. Ryan is 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA and a .169 opponent batting average in four starts this month.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/29/2022 thru 7/31/2022

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was asked recently if he was looking forward to Monday and beginning an August schedule that has his club playing 20 of its next 28 games at home.

"We've reached that point of the season where you don't look ahead to tomorrow," Baldelli said. "Every game is important."

Like Sunday afternoon's game in San Diego, when the Twins will face the Padres in the finale of a three-game series.

Friday night's 10-1 Padres' win -- during which San Diego hit a season-high five home runs -- was something of an anomaly in the interleague history of the Padres and Twins.

Sunday's matchup will be the 23rd between the two teams. The Twins own a 16-6 series edge, which is their best record against any National League team.

"I can't explain our success against the Padres over the years before I was here," said Baldelli, whose team avoided its first four-game losing streak of the season with Saturday's nationally televised 7-4 win.

Sunday's rubber match will feature right-hander Dylan Bundy (6-4, 5.02 ERA) starting for the Twins against Padres left-hander Sean Manaea (5-5, 4.33).

Bundy will make his second career start against the Padres. He was an Oriole in the first meeting in 2019 and allowed five runs on six hits (including two home runs) and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings to take the loss at Camden Yards.

Bundy will make his 18th start of the season Sunday, and opponents are batting .275 against him. Although he is 2-0, Bundy has struggled over his last three starts -- giving up 12 runs on 18 hits and five walks in 14 1/3 innings.

In his most recent outing on July 26 at Milwaukee, he matched his season highs by allowing two homers and two walks.

Meanwhile, Padres manager Bob Melvin's plan to find at least temporary replacement for struggling closer Taylor Rogers took a blow on Saturday. Candidate Adrian Morejon gave up four runs on three hits -- including a two-run homer by Carlos Correa -- in one-third of an inning.

"We've got to do a better job at the back-end of games," Melvin said. "It's not just one pitcher."

Manaea will make his 19th start as a Padre on Sunday. Opponents are batting .239 against him, and he has 104 strikeouts in 104 innings.

For the season, the Padres are 9-9 when Manaea starts. However, they are 2-3 in his last five outings, and his ERA has climbed in four of those five games. He has given up 21 runs (16 earned) in 25 innings over those five games.

"The one thing you get from Manaea every game is a battle," said Melvin, who managed Manaea at Oakland before each came to the Padres. "He's a great competitor."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 31, 2022

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