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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Minnesota2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 562
Milwaukee1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 x 6110
  W: J. Guerra (6-3)   L: S. Romo (0-1)   S: M. Albers (4)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, August 14, 2019
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 41,077

With division lead restored, Twins battle Brewers

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Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Minnesota begins a two-game interleague series against Milwaukee after splitting a pair of games in the Twin Cities on May 27-28. Christian Yelich was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts in that series.
  2. The Twins enter the series trailing the Indians by a half game in the AL Central after leading the division for a total of 126 days this season. Over the previous eight seasons combined, they had been in first place for a total of 79 days.
  3. The Brewers are scoring 3.80 runs per game with an OPS of .691 in August, both their lowest in any month this season. Milwaukee has 10 home runs this month, the second-lowest total in the National League (StL, eight) and tied for the fourth fewest in the majors. Their .381 August slugging percentage is last in the NL.
  4. Max Kepler is among MLB's top-10 home run hitters since the All-Star break with 11, tied with the Angels' Mike Trout and Yankees' Gio Urshela. Nelson Cruz, on the injured list with a strained left wrist, leads the majors with 16 home runs since the break.
  5. Keston Hiura enters the series with five extra-base hits in his last four games, including three home runs. With an OPS of .955, Hiura is on pace to have the second-highest mark ever by a Brewers rookie with at least 200 plate appearances (Ryan Braun, 2007, 1.004).
  6. Lorenzo Cain, who played seven seasons in the AL Central with the Royals, is a career .301 hitter in 93 games against the Twins while hitting .287 against all other opponents. He has hit .315 with runners in scoring position against Minnesota and .293 against all others.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/13/2019 thru 8/14/2019

Right-hander Kyle Gibson will try for his 12th win of the season as the visiting Minnesota Twins attempt to sweep their two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon.

Gibson (11-5, 4.24 ERA) has won two of his past three starts but comes in off a 7-5 loss to Cleveland on Thursday when he allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits and a season-high six walks over 4 1/3 innings. He is 1-2 with a 5.70 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 3.20 ERA) will start for Milwaukee, which has lost its last two games and is 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second National League wild-card spot. Gonzalez is 3-3 with a 6.56 ERA in nine career starts against the Twins.

Minnesota, which fell out of first place in the American League Central for the first time in 113 days on Monday when Cleveland edged Boston, regained the division lead by a half-game on Tuesday night with a 7-5 victory over the Brewers while the Indians lost to the Red Sox 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Twins, who blew a 4-1 lead in the seventh when Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer to put the Brewers ahead 5-4, rallied in dramatic fashion an inning later. Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run home run on the first pitch thrown by All-Star closer Josh Hader, a blast that turned out to be the game-winner.

"It was a big game," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "We've been playing a lot of games that have this kind of feel. They're challenging. They're emotional. They definitely drain you. But our guys don't quit. And our guys continued to have good at-bats and put some runs on the board, and we had some guys throw the ball very, very well today.

"The big moment by Marwin to go up there against Hader and be ready to attack the first pitch that he saw in the zone and do what he did ... that's just a huge moment."

It's a moment that has become all too familiar to Milwaukee fans recently. Hader has allowed four home runs over five innings in his past six appearances, blowing three saves in the process. For the season, he has allowed 13 homers in just 55 2/3 innings, including eight go-ahead home runs in the eighth inning or later, the most in the expansion era (since 1961). Chad Qualls (2007), Willie Hernandez (1986) and Bruce Sutter (1985) each allowed seven.

"It's a misplaced fastball, and it's cost him a lot right now," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "As great as Josh is, he also has to locate the fastball. And right now his mistakes ... he's getting horrendous mistakes."

Hader, who has 25 saves this season, agreed.

"It's been the same thing," Hader said. "It's been the long ball. It's just one of those stretches. I feel that as a baseball player we all go through slumps. Right now it's not locating pitches. Trying to mix it up and have more room for error for that fastball."

Counsell said the Brewers, who remain 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, need to get Hader back into top form for the stretch run.

"Josh is going to be a huge part of it," Counsell said, "and we're going to try and get him on track as fast as we can."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 14, 2019

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