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Berrios couldn't get out of the first inning Monday in a no-decision against the Tigers, as he got just two outs before allowing seven runs on three hits and four walks.
The Twins managed to score eight runs to take Berrios off the hook, but he just couldn't find the strike zone. Berrios threw just 18 strikes out of his 39 pitches to sink his start in the harbor. Berrios had walked eight batters in just 14.1 innings entering this start and clearly has to tighten up his control before he can live up to the hype in Minnesota's rotation.
Jose Berrios allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings against the Orioles on Tuesday. He did not factor in the decision in the Minnesota Twins ' 5-3 loss.
After holding the O's to one run through four, Berrios struck out Ryan Flaherty and Joey Rickard swinging to begin the fifth inning. Then Manny Machado got his third look at him. Machado homered and Adam Jones followed with a long ball of his own, souring what was shaping up to be a strong start for Berrios. There were still positives to take away from the outing, namely his one walk on the heels of a five-walk performance in his last start. Berrios comes with some risk, but the strikeouts make the bumps in the road easier to deal with.
Jose Berrios will get the start in Tuesday's tilt with the Orioles, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Berrios was originally scheduled to pitch in Monday's matchup, however it was postponed due to rain. The Minnesota Twins have opted to simply push their rotation a day back, resulting in Berrios taking the mound Tuesday. The 21-year-old rookie has a had a rough debut, giving up a total of seven earned runs in 9.1 innings over two starts this season.
Berrios was playing with fire all night between the five walks and two home runs, solo shots from Preston Tucker and George Springer. But the rookie also showed how nasty he can be, as he induced 11 swinging strikes and was able to get himself out of the jams he created. His fastball, which topped out at 95.9 mph and had a 93.8 mph average velocity, drew seven swinging strikes. If hitters have that much trouble squaring up his heater with regularity, Berrios will live up to the big-time hype that has surrounded his call-up to Minnesota.
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