Yuck, yuck, yuck.A day after going just 2-18 with runners in scoring position dropping a series to the lowly
Granted the Twins were shut down by a very, very good pitcher lately in Dillon Gordon. But the Twins had their chances, they had the lead-off man on in the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd and neither were even moved over. Justin Morneau ripped his 30th double of the season with one-out in the 4th, but a beautiful Ryan Doumit strike out and a free swinging Oswaldo Arcia popped up leaving Morneau stranded. In the sixth Dozzy-baby and Baby Jesus led off with back-back singles, and even though 'Hammer flew out to left, it was deep enough to move Dozier 90 feet away. However Morneau grounded into the patent Twins-ending double play killing Kendrick Lamar and everyone else at Target Fields vibe. For god-sakes, the only scoring came when Trevor Plouffe roped a double (the first time ALL season Plouffe has doubled in back-back games... Its true look it up) and thanks to an error from Daniel Murphy on a routine grounder to 2nd off the bat of Clete Thomas made it a 5-1 game, but that was it. The Mets would get one more in the 9th making it 6-1 for good.
Kyle Gibson was not much better today, after a run in the 1st and 2nd inning and two more in the 4th he was charged lasting 3.2 before being yanked for Anthony Swarzak. His nice-fat ol' whip of 1.75 has prompted him back to Rochester. After a solid debut against the Royals, Gibson has been abysmal. As former Twinkie-Towner contributor and now with 1500-ESPN Brandon Warne put it..
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>This is Kyle Gibson having his "Scott Baker 2006" right now.</p>— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) <a href="https://twitter.com/Brandon_Warne/statuses/369543579204456448">August 19, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Lets hope that's true I guess, maybe a bit more of upside but regardless Gibson was sent down after the game and now the question is; who take Gibby's spot in the rotation? Liam Hendricks and Scott Diamond are probably the likeable guys to replace him. I'd like to throw ya a curve ball here and say they'll throw Anthony Swarzak in place of him. Swarzak has been terrific in the long relief/swingman role. And if we know Gardy, he does not like to tinker with his bullpen. He goes to the same guys in every sticky situation and I don't know if he would be willing to part with his favorite-rock in Anthony Swarzak.
(Sigh...) Trevor Plouffe
The Twins in general