LAA 2, MIN 1: Is This a Rerun?
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Current record: 27-34
Kyle Gibson: 55 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 60.2% strikes
Bullpen: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 0-for-5 w/RISP, 6 LOB
Top three per WPA: Gibson .141, Rosario .066, Adrianza .062
Gibson threw a career-high 118 pitches and only gave up two solo home runs over seven innings pitched. It’s pretty difficult to expect more from a starter in 2018. Gibson has now allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his 13 starts … and his record is 1-4.
Baseball is weird. Last season, Gisbon wasn’t very good and the Twins still went 18-11 in games he started. Gibby’s been really good this year, and the team is only 6-7 when he’s on the bump.
Eddie Rosario had a pair of hits (ho-hum), as did Miguel Sano. Both those guys also made some plays in the field, as Rosie nailed a runner at the plate with a nice throw and Sano made a pair of good-looking scoops at first base.
The Twins had the go-ahead run on in the ninth and turned to the recently called up Jake Cave to pinch hit for Ehire Adrianza. Yes, that same Jake Cave who had nine career plate appearances coming into today. He struck out on three pitches to end the game.
Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:
AL Central Standings
DET 31-35 (-4)
MIN 27-34 (-5.5)
CHW 21-41 (-12)
KC 22-43 (-12.5)
Next Three Games
Sun vs. LAA, 1:10 pm CT
Tue at DET, 6:10 pm CT
Wed at DET, 6:10 pm CT
Last Three Games
LAA 4, MIN 2: Bullpen, Bats Spoil Strong Start from Lynn
MIN 7, CHW 2: Berrios CG, Power from the Eds Fuel Twins Victory
CHW 5, MIN 2: Time is Running Out
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