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Twins split doubleheader in strange one-day road trip to St. Louis


September 9, 2020

Jeff Roberson • Associated Press

Willians Astudillo and Luis Arraez scored on a home run by Josh Donaldson, center, in the third inning of Game 1 on Tuesday in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Jose Berrios pitching well, that surprised nobody. The Twins' sluggers taking turns hitting them out, that's not an unusual occurrence. Even splitting a doubleheader with the Cardinals, disappointing as it was, is hardly a bombshell.

No, the improbable mystery of Minnesota's one-day road trip to Busch Stadium, which produced a 7-3 victory and a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals, is a simple one: What the heck happened to Randy Dobnak?

The rookie righthander, a ground-ball machine who has turned into the Twins' most reliable starter during this strange season, was cruising along as usual in Game 2, the Cardinals hitless and a double play erasing their lone baserunner, until the third inning. And then Dobnak, who normally appears like he can throw strikes blindfolded, abruptly lost control like he never has before.


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