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Twins Offense Stays Quiet in 4-2 Loss

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Kyle Gibson struggled with his control throughout the game and the offense was unable to do much against Yovani Gallardo and Co.

J.J. Hardy scored on a bloop double by Jonathan Schoop to give the Orioles the first lead in the game.
J.J. Hardy scored on a bloop double by Jonathan Schoop to give the Orioles the first lead in the game.
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This game was a lot like Monday's except without the rain delays. The Twins weren't able to muster much against the Orioles and the pitching wasn't exactly great, either.

Kyle Gibson looked a lot like the Gibson from the start of last season where he was unable to master his control. He had five walks in the game as it seemed like his change-up and slider kept darting out of the zone and the O's hitters refused to bite.

The Orioles took the lead 1-0 in the second inning thanks to the Right Field Adventures of Miguel Sano. Playing absurdly deep and in the right-center gap for righthanded-hitting Jonathan Schoop, Sano had to spring in for a blooper hit to shallow right. His made an ill-fated dive that was nowhere near the ball and the misplay allowed J.J. Hardy to score from first as Brian Dozier was forced to chase the ball down. It was an ugly play that Sano probably should have fielded on a hop, but I still would rather blame that he was playing far too deep (whether by his own doing or because the Twins coaching staff put him there) for what may have been a catchable ball otherwise.

The Twins came back in the second inning thanks to Byron Buxton. He lined a ball down the left field line for a double, then moved up 90 feet on a Dozier bunt and came in on a sac fly from Joe Mauer. However, the Orioles scored consecutive runs over the next three innings, eventually chasing Gibson from the ballgame. Trevor Plouffe did hit a solo home run off Mychal Givens in the 6th inning, but the rest of Baltimore's bullpen was too strong as they closed out the game.

WP: Yovani Gallardo (1-0)

LP: Kyle Gibson (0-1)

S: Zach Britton (1)

Studs

Trevor Plouffe (1-for-4, HR), Byron Buxton (2-for-4, 2 2B, R)

Duds

Kyle Gibson (5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K), Byung Ho Park (0-for-3, BB, 3 K)