CLE 6, MIN 2: Deadline Day Ends in Defeat
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Kyle Gibson: 53 Game Score, 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 K, 3 BB, 58.2% strikes
Home Runs: Logan Morrison (14)
Multi-Hit Games: Max Kepler (2-for-4, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Morrison .107
WPA of -0.1 or lower: Rosario -.127, Mauer -.133, Belisle -.202
We’ll get back to the game in just a sec, but I have something more important to address first.
Earlier today, Nick Nelson wrote a valuable piece as it relates to what to watch for moving forward. He noted seven particularly critical Twins players, but I’ve got something else I wanted to pass along that’s worth watching: I think Kyle Gibson may be growing a mustache (maybe). I dunno, you tell me …
OK, back to the action. Gibson exited this game with the Twins tailing 3-2 after six innings. In came Matt Belisle. Gulp.
Of the six batters Belisle faced, three of them got hits and another was intentionally walked. He gave up two earned runs on three hits and got two outs. Belisle has now surrendered 16 earned runs in 17 ⅔ innings with the Twins.
On the positive side, there were a couple of noteworthy comebacks out of the bullpen. Addison Reed made his first appearance with the Twins since July 10. He pitched a scoreless inning … but also topped out at 90.4 mph.
Trevor May pitching in the major leagues for the first time since September 11, 2016. He gave up a run on a pair of hits over his inning of work and clocked in as high as 95.6 mph.
Jose Ramirez was just incredible, as he has been all year for Cleveland. He was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a stolen base.
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
MIN 49-57 (-9)
DET 46-62 (-13)
CHW 37-68 (-20.5)
KC 32-73 (-25.5)
Next Three Games
Wed vs. CLE, 12:10 pm CT: Adalberto Mejia vs. Carlos Carrasco
Fri at KC, 7:10 pm CT: TBD
Sat at KC, 6:10 pm CTL TBD
Last Three Games
MIN 5, CLE 4: Awesome Sauce!
BOS 3, MIN 0: Fenway Free Fall Continues
BOS 10, MIN 4: Twins Blow Lead in Spectacular Fashion