St. John’s baseball: Minnesota Twins fail to use Cody Stashak in Game 1

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

Former St. John’s baseball standout Cody Stashak was not used by the Minnesota Twins in Game 1.

Every single move in the postseason is magnified, especially if it does not workout and those stakes are even higher in a best-of-three series.

The Minnesota Twins pulled starting pitcher Kenta Maeda after five innings of scoreless baseball after allowing two hits and manager Roco Baldelli wanted to get the final 12 outs from his bullpen, but he did not use solid rookie and former St. John’s star Cody Stashak.

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Trevor May did his job in the sixth inning but Tyler Duffey surrendered a RBI single to George Springer that tied the game at one in the seventh.

Taylor Rodgers settled things down in the eighth inning but the flood gates oped in the ninth after Sergio Romo put two men on and an error by shortstop Jorge Polanco kept the inning alive for the Houston Astros and a walk to Jose Altuve pushed the go-ahead run across the plate.

Baldelli pulled Romo and brought in left-hander Caleb Theilbar who let up a three-run single to George Springer that opened the flood gates, giving Houston a 4-1 lead.

Minnesota brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom the ninth inning Willians Astudillo but a first pitch double play ended the game and not only gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the series but it handed the Twins its seventeenth straight postseason loss.

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Cody Stashak pitched in the American League Division Series last year and got smacked around by the New York Yankees, allowing three hits and two runs in one and two-third innings pitched.

In a do-or-die Game 2, expect Roco Baldelli to use every and any pitcher available on Wednesday afternoon as the Minnesota Twins try and live to see another day against the reigning American League Champions.

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First pitch is scheduled for 1:08pm EST on ESPN2.