MIN 4, DET 3: Austin Homers, Hildy Survives Save Chance
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Kyle Gibson: 65 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB, 67.6% strikes (75 of 111 pitches)
Home Runs: Tyler Austin (9)
Multi-Hit Games: Joe Mauer (2-for-4, BB), Logan Forsythe (2-for-5), Miguel Sano (2-for-4, BB)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Gibson .302, Austin .179
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Polanco -.124
Austin’s homer was his ninth of the season in the majors, matching his season total in the minors. He now has 16 home runs in 86 MLB games. We also saw Austin’s contact issues on display, as he also struck out swinging twice, but the power is most definitely legit.
Kyle Gibson did a great job of staying aggressive tonight. He didn’t have his nastiest stuff going, but he threw a ton of strikes en route to holding Detroit to one run over seven innings pitched. Trevor May pitched a perfect eighth inning, but then things got a little too interesting.
The Twins led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, creating the first save opportunity of the new-look bullpen. Despite his recent struggles, Trevor Hildenberger got the call.
It was an experience.
The inning opened with an eight-pitch walk to Victor Martinez, then Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer. Jim Adduci singled, prompting a mound visit. Hildenberger responded by striking out James McCann, getting Victor Reyes to fly out and then striking out JaCoby Jones to pick up his second career save.
Oh, and this happened:
Postgame With Austin
Update: In his postgame interview, Paul Molitor revealed that the move to add Kohl Stewart will not only be Logan Morrison headed to the DL, but LoMo will be having surgery on his hip and will miss the rest of the season.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
MIN 54-62 (-10.5)
DET 48-69 (-17)
CHW 42-73 (-22)
KC 35-80 (-29)
Next Three Game
Sun at DET, 12:10 pm CT: Kohl Stewart vs. Matt Boyd
Tue vs. PIT, 7:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Jameson Taillon
Wed vs. PIT, 12:10 pm CT: Jose Berrios vs. Chris Archer
Last Three Games
DET 5, MIN 3: Is There Anything Left?
CLE 5, MIN 4: Walks and a Walk-Off
CLE 5, MIN 2: Cleveland Prevails on Lindor Walk-Off Homer