The Twins and Orioles were both awful with runners in scoring position last night, going a combined 2-for-21. Minnesota was 1-for-12, and Baltimore won, so the Orioles luck out and get away with their terrible performance. The Twins offense didn't play well enough to win, even if the pitching was on point.
We knew that Kyle Gibson would need to bring his A Game to play with the streaking Chris Tillman, and to be fair, he kind of did. Neither pitcher went past five innings, both pitchers struck out six and walked three, and both pitchers allowed a solitary run. For the up and down Gibson to go pitch-for-pitch with one of the American League's best surprises, you have to come away from last night's start feeling good about Gibson once again.
But the Twins wasted a plethora of scoring opportunities, and that's the name of the game.
- Danny Santana singled and Brian Dozier walked to lead off the game. Stranded.
- Kurt Suzuki doubled with one out in the second. Stranded.
- Santana singled and Dozier walked in the second; but Santana was caught stealing second and so when Kennys Vargas singled later in the inning nobody came in to score. Another runner in scoring position stranded.
- Trevor Plouffe singles and Suzuki reaches on a botched and challenged force attempt in the fourth, with nobody out. Stranded.
- A Joe Mauer walk, Vargas single, and Oswaldo Acia sac fly brought home Mauer in the fifth to tie the game at one...but still no hit with a runner in scoring position.
- Dozier singled to lead off the seventh, moved up to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Mauer single. This was Minnesota's only hit with runners in scoring position.