St. John’s baseball: Cody Stashak hit hard in second outing off Injured List

Former St. John's baseball standout Cody Stashak. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Former St. John's baseball standout Cody Stashak. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Former St. John’s baseball star Cody Stashak was hit hard in his second outing off the Injured List.

After nearly a month layoff for Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Cody Stashak because of a back injury was activated off the injury list on September 7 and following his first outing on the date, he remained in the Twins bullpen until September 13.

There was some obvious rust from the former Red Storm standout as he three one and one-third innings, allowing one run on two hits but struck out two batters in the process.

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Stashak entered in the seventh inning and immediately struck out Franmil Reyes.

The former Johnnie then allowed a double to Tyler Naquin to lead off the eighth inning as Naquin then came around to score on a single from Sandy Leon following a line out from Josh Naylor.

As Delino DeShields ran for Leon, he subsequently stole second base but the threat was put to an end when Stashak got Mike Freeman to strikeout and star shortstop Francisco Lindor to fly out to center field.

The right hander was credited with his fourth hold of the season as closer Sergio Romo came in and nailed down his fourth save of the year as the Twins went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5.

Cody Stashak’s ERA was bumped up to 3.86 following his eighth appearance of the season and his batting average against is .220.

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However, the one positive that Stashak has for him this season is his 13 strikeouts in nine and one-third innings pitched and just three walks on the season.

As the 2020 Major League Baseball season comes to a close, the Minnesota Twins have a major series in front of them against the American League Central leader Chicago White Sox, who the Twins trail by one game in the standings.

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Minnesota currently holds a playoff spot by being the second team in the division, but the Twins are eyeing a Wild Card Series at Target Field with a division crown.