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CLEVELAND — Max Kepler has Trevor Bauer’s number.
Kepler connected for home runs his first two instances up Saturday night in opposition to Cleveland’s onerous-throwing starter, giving the Minnesota outfielder five homers in five straight at-bats in opposition to the gorgeous-hander.
Kepler homered three instances off Bauer in Minnesota’s consume on June 6, and moreover drew a stroll.
He made it four homers in four straight at-bats with a leadoff shot Saturday night, then connected within the 2d inning, one batter after rookie Jake Cave homered off Bauer.
Bauer within the waste received the finest of Kepler within the fourth inning, placing him out, but finest after Kepler hit a deep tainted ball into the upper deck in gorgeous. He executed the night 2-for-5 as the Twins beat the Indians 6-2 to switch 7½ games earlier than Cleveland within the American League Central.
In line with Elias Sports actions Bureau analysis, Kepler matched the longest shuffle within the growth abilities for homers in consecutive at-bats in opposition to one pitcher. Carlos Delgado did it in opposition to Jorge Sosa (2003-04), and Frank Howard connected in opposition to Bob Hendley (1963-Sixty four).
After the game, Kepler did no longer affect great of his success.
“Every pitcher is a related,” Kepler said. “I’ve the same formula. I gorgeous are attempting and simplify it after I’m going up there.”
Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli modified into as soon as extra effusive in his reward.
“It be unfathomable that it’s occurring gorgeous in front of our eyes,” Baldelli said. “No person has considered anything else like it.”
Kepler has thirteen profession homers in opposition to the Indians, in conjunction with eleven at Modern Field. He moreover had a three-homer game in Cleveland as a rookie in 2016.
Saturday marked Kepler’s fourth multihomer game of the season, matching his total from the previous three seasons.
Kepler’s five home runs vs. Bauer are his most in opposition to any pitcher in his profession, and the most by a batter in opposition to Bauer within the pitcher’s profession.
“I make no longer know,” the gorgeous-hander said. “How live you point out it? It be gorgeous a form of baseball issues … he is gorgeous locked in in opposition to me — for no topic motive. It will no longer be that formula eternally. He’ll frigid down, and he’ll battle by a nil-for-10 with seven punchouts or no topic and miss pitches. It be gorgeous a form of issues gorgeous now.”
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