Twins Get Beaten By Small Ball In 1-0 Loss

This was the closest the Twins came to scoring a run tonight, and yet Josh Willingham wasn't even facing home plate. - Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

A pitcher's duel meant that the teams had to find other means to score runs, and the Rangers did just that with a bunt single and stolen base.

This was a game that neither starting pitcher deserved to lose. Both Kyle Gibson and Joe Saunders occasionally ran into trouble, but the two of them were always able to find a way to escape. By the time both were out of the game, it was still 0-0.

In the 7th inning and with Jared Burton on the mound, Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin bunted the ball in between the mound and home plate. While not necessarily a great bunt, Martin found the perfect spot in between Burton and catcher Kurt Suzuki and was able to beat it out. Martin then stole second base and was brought home on an opposite field single by number nine hitter Luis Sardinas, and that was the only run that would get pushed across.

The Twins did threaten several times but never could take advantage. Brian Dozier led off the game with a double but was stranded. They had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 2nd but Josh Willingham was caught in a rundown thanks to some bad baserunning on a grounder hit right back to the pitcher Saunders. The 3rd had runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs but nothing came of it. Their last threat came in the 7th when Eduardo Escobar singled and then was sacrificed to second base, but like before, the Twins were unable to score.

WP: Shawn Tolleson (1-1)

LP: Jared Burton (1-2)

S: Joakim Soria (9)

Studs

Kyle Gibson (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K), Josh Willingham (1 for 2, 2 BB)

Duds

None, no one was awful tonight.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker