MIN 2, BOS 1: Gibby the Great
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Kyle Gibson: 80 Game Score, 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB, 55.8% strikes
Multi-hit games: Brian Dozier (2-for-3, R, BB, K)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Gibson .446, Rodney .221 Garver .171
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Escobar -.117, Adrianza -.172
Let’s go around the horn …
Hell of a start by Gibson. This is a Red Sox team he was facing that has the best lineup in baseball and he held them to a single run on four hits over eight innings of work. He threw 120 pitches and racked up seven strikeouts against just two walks.
Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez have been three of the most dangerous hitters in the game, but combined to go just 1-for-11 with a walk and four strikeouts against Gibby the Great.
Gibson’s demeanor on the mound also matched the performance. Kyle just looked like he was in control, in the zone. He ended his night by striking out Martinez swinging, the kind of a moment that could send chills up and down your spine and give you goosebumps.
Could this be his last start for the Twins? I wouldn’t bet on it, but I’m certain contending teams are hounding the Twins’ front office right now to check in on his availability.
OK, so the Fernando Rodney Experience is the real deal. We’ve certainly seen glimpses of the FRE up to this point, but this was intense.
Rodney, who clearly did not have his changeup working at all, labored in the ninth. He also loves to work methodically. You could see where this would be to his benefit, establishing that he is in control, but as a fan, holy cow is it torturous.
Rodney gave up a leadoff single, but then managed to retire the next two batters in short order. Things swung completely back the other direction, as the next two batters walked. With the bases loaded and two outs, Rodney fell behind Jackie Bradley Jr. 3-0.
Just when you were convinced this was going to end in catastrophe … three-straight strikes, SIT DOWN, GAME OHVAH!!!!!
The Twins made two outs at home. They got three hits and a walk in the first inning, but did not score because of this:
They got a pair of walks and a hit in the sixth inning, but did not score because of this:
Thank goodness none of that ended up mattering in the end, because ...
Mitch Garver. He was the DH tonight over Logan Morrison and delivered the game-winning hit, an RBI double in the eighth inning.
OK, so Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier deserve some credit too. Grossman led off the seventh inning with a single, went first-to-third on a Max Kepler single and then scored the game-tying run on a double play ball.
Dozier drew a one-out walk in the eighth, stole second base and then came around to score on that clutch Garver double. Ehire Adrianza also deserves a tip of the cap for making a great defensive play at shortstop late in this one.
Postgame With Gibson
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 48-53 (-7)
DET 44-60 (-12.5)
CHW 36-66 (19.5)
KC 31-71 (-24.5)
Next Three Games
Fri at BOS, 6:10 pm CT: Lance Lynn vs. Chris Sale
Sat at BOS, 6:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Rick Porcello
Sun at BOS, 12:05 pm CT: TBD vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Last Three Games
MIN 12, TOR 6: More Like Er-win Sweep-tana!!!
MIN 5, TOR 0: All-Star, Indeed
MIN 8, TOR 3: Twins Cruise Over Toronto
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