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MIN 5, OAK 1: Gibby’s Arm, Cave’s Bat and Adrianza’s Glove Lift Twins to Victory

Jake Cave hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Kyle Gibson pitched into the eight inning and Ehire Adrianza made a trio of impressive plays at third base Sunday afternoon in Oakland to lead the Twins to victory.

Another day, another Joe Mauer Minnesota milestone. With two hits, Mauer tied Harmon Killebrew for the most times on base in Twins history.
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Snapshot (chart via FanGraphs)
Gibson: 58 Game Score, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 57.0% strikes (65 of 114 pitches)
Home Runs: Cave (12)
Multi-Hit Games: Mauer (2-for-4), Cave (2-for-4, HR), Adrianza (2-for-4, 2B)
WPA of 0.1 or higher: Gibson .210, Cave .135
WPA of -0.1 or lower: None
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Gibson pitched well, but with only three strikeouts he needed his defense for plenty of support. Adrianza answered the call, making a few slick plays at third base including one that resulted in a huge inning-ending double play.

This was the sixth time this season Gibson has gone at least seven innings and given up no more than one run. He only accomplished that feat once in 2017 and three times in 2016.

Cave’s homer gave Gibson some breathing room early. It was Cave’s 12th home run of the season with the Twins, he had six more homers during his time with Rochester. The Twins managed to string together a three-run rally in the fourth inning, making for a relatively low-stress day.

Still, the fact the Twins managed to score five runs is pretty impressive considering their overall production for the day. Other than Cave’s homer, the only extra-base hit they had was an Adrianza double. They also combined for 10 strikeouts and didn’t draw a single walk.

The Twins used four different pitchers in the eighth inning to face a grand total of five batters. Gibson pitched to the first two Oakland batters of that inning, then Tyler Duffey, Gabriel Moya and Trevor May each faced exactly one batter. It worked, the Twins kept the A’s off the board that inning, but it sure did slow things down.

May stayed in to pitch a scoreless ninth. He retired four of the five batters he faced, two of them on strikeouts.

Next Three Games
Mon: Off
Tue vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Spencer Turnbull
Wed vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: Jake Odorizzi vs. Matthew Boyd
Thu vs. DET, 7:10 pm CT: TBD vs. Francisco Liriano

Last Three Games
OAK 3, MIN 2: Willians Astudillo Collects Three More Hits
OAK 7, MIN 6: Khrush Davis Walks Off Twins
MIN 8, DET 2: Gonsalves Stymies Tigers

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yarnivek1972
Sep 25 2018 03:20 PM
Wade isn’t a player that will make a trade package more enticing.

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