MIN 6, CLE 3: Anything is Possible
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Kyle Gibson: 68 Game Score, 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 K, 4 BB, 61.2% strikes
Bullpen: 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
Lineup: 0-for-4 w/RISP, 1 LOB
Top three per WPA: Gibson .281, Rosario .146, Dozier .135
The Twins made a lot of moves, some of them big (Miguel Sano being demoted, Joe Mauer being activated from the DL) and some small (Dozier sliding down the fifth in the order, Taylor Motter being promoted to help fill out the bench). It was enough to give the team a bit of a new look, new feel and so far so good.
Coming into tonight, Kluber hadn’t walked a batter in more than 40 innings, had gone 26 starts without giving up four runs and pitched at least six innings in all of his starts this season. None of those streaks survived this Freaky Friday.
Rosario hit a first-inning home run, giving Gibson a lead before he even took the mound. Rosie also led off what turned out to be a three-run fourth inning with a double. Dozier clubbed a two-run homer to cap that inning, just his sixth since the start of May.
Gibson held Cleveland scoreless for the first five innings in this game, but they finally managed to scratch across a run when Gibby walked a pair of batters in the sixth. His night ended on a high note, throwing an eight-pitch seventh inning.
Trevor Hildenberger pitched a scoreless eighth. That makes 11 consecutive clean outings from Hildy. Taylor Rogers ran into trouble in the ninth, giving up a couple of runs, and had to be bailed out of trouble. Fernando Rodney struck out Francisco Lindor to end the game, picking up save No. 15 on the season.
Cleveland also just looked like a bad team tonight. Two of the runs they gave up were on errors and another was on a balk. The Twins have won each of their last four games against Cleveland, yet between the end of their last series and today, Minnesota went just 4-6.
Mauer was 0-for-4 out of the leadoff spot.
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
DET 33-37 (-4)
MIN 30-36 (-5)
CHW 24-43 (-11.5)
KC 22-46 (-14)
Next Three Games
Sat at CLE, 3:10 pm CT - Romero vs. Carrasco
Sun at CLE, 12:10 pm CT - Odorizzi vs. Plukto
Tue at BOS, 7:10 pm CT - TBD
Last Three Games
DET 3, MIN 1: Lynn Overexposed, Offense Overmatched
DET 5, MIN 2: Bulldog Berrios and the Addison Reed Experience
MIN 6, DET 4: More Grand Slams, Please
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