MIL 6, MIN 5: Oh, That Rodney Experience
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Kyle Gibson: 35 Game Score, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 62.8% strikes
Bullpen: 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 2 BB
Lineup: 2-for-8 w/RISP, 5 LOB
Bottom three per WPA: Zach Littell -.355, Fernando Rodney -.286, Bobby Wilson -.135
We had a good run without having to deal with the Fernando Rodney Experience, but just as soon as it left, it was back again. Rodney has now blown back-to-back save chances, and in both instances, he had to work out of a jam just to get the game to extras.
However, this time Rodney didn’t get bailed out as Zach Littell gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 10th on a four-pitch bases-loaded walk.
It wasn’t the sharpest of outings for Kyle Gibson on the mound. The first inning got off to a shaky start, but he was able to get out of it with just one run allowed when Jesus Aguilar was thrown out at home by Eddie Rosario after Joe Mauer threw the ball into left-field and it was overrun by Eddie Rosario.
Gibson gave up three more runs in the fifth (two earned), after allowing a leadoff home run and a slew of hits. He had a chance to get out of the inning with just two runs allowed, but Willians Astudillo booted a routine grounder at third that would have ended the inning. Gibson had a much better night at the plate, however, as he went 2-for-2, doubling his career hit total.
The Twins were primed for a big inning in the third, when they had runners on the corners and nobody out. However, they settled for just one run even after Brian Dozier was given extra life after he appeared to have struck out.
Robbie Grossman hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning, coming with two outs in the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Joe Mauer was robbed of a home run by Keon Broxton. This run turned out to be huge later in the game.
Postgame With Molitor
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 38-48 (-9.5)
MIN 35-46 (-10)
CWS 29-55 (-17.5)
KC 25-59 (-21.5)
Next Three Games
Tuesday @ MIL, 3:10 PM CST – RHP Jake Odorizzi vs RHP Junior Guerra
Wednesday @ MIL, 3:10 PM CST – RHP Jose Berrios vs RHP Chase Anderson
Thursday vs BAL, 7:10 PM CST – TBD vs TBD
Last Three Games
CHC 11, MIN 10: Epic Comeback Falls Short
CHC 14, MIN 9: It’s Not the Heat, It’s … Actually, It Is the Heat This Time
CHC 10, MIN 6: Hey, Remember Joe Mauer?
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