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Giants 2, Twins 1: Offense sputters again as Vogelson out-duels Deduno

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Strong pitching, but another loss on the books.

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In spite of a strong performance from the pitching staff, the Giants were able to scratch across one additional run to secure a 2-1 win. Samuel Deduno struck out four and walked three in five and two-thirds innings, scattering four hits but allowing two runs.

The Giants got on the board in the bottom of the second, when Pablo Sandoval put good wood on a sinking fastball for his sixth home run of the season. It was only a solo shot, and just the second homer of the year allowed by Deduno. San Francisco's second run came in the sixth, when Deduno looked the worst he had all night. A single and a walk led to a ground out and then a sac fly, with Sandoval picking up his second run batted in by scoring Angel Pagan.

Deduno couldn't finish the sixth, leaving runners on first and second with two away. Brian Duensing struck out Tyler Colvin, fighting back for the K after going down 3-0. Jared Burton and Casey Fien tossed scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Overall, however, Deduno was very impressive. All of his strikeouts came on impressive breaking balls, each with impeccable placement.

The Twins had chances to score early. Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe reached in the first, but Ryan Vogelsong turned Minnesota away. Eduardo Escobar and Joe Mauer had one-out doubles wasted in the second and third inning, respectively.

Josmil Pinto laced a 2-2 fastball from Sergio Romo into the left field corner for his seventh homer of the season. But Romo recovered and set Jason Kubel, Escobar, and pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki own in order.

Notes

  • Back-to-back losses have brought the Twins back to .500.
  • Deduno was typically ground ball-heavy, recording nine ground outs compared to just two through the air.
  • Deduno is on course to give up ten home runs in a 200-inning season.
  • The Twins were once again hopeless with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-6 on Saturday after throwing down an 0-for-8 on Friday.


Source: FanGraphs

Studs

Sam Deduno
Casey Fien
Jared Burton
Brian Duensing
Trevor Plouffe
Josmil Pinto

Duds

Chris Parmelee
Jason Kubel
Aaron Hicks
Brian Dozier