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Red Sox 7, Twins 2: Kyle Gibson has excellent start in loss

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Don’t let the score fool you! Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson did great today—it was the other guys who sucked.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
That a boy, Gibby!
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Kyle Gibson made a great start today for the Twins, pitching six shutout innings. He gave up only four hits and walked no one. It was pretty sweet.

What wasn’t pretty sweet was pretty much all the other Twins pitchers in the game. Ryan Pressly came in after Gibson to pitch the seventh inning, and gave up a three-run home run to catcher Christian Vazquez. Buddy Boshers came in to pitch the eighth inning, and did even worse, giving up a solo-dinger to top prospect Andrew Benintendi and a three-run dinger to Steve Selsky. In case you were wondering, Boshers know has a 10.61 ERA this spring, and basically has zero chance of making the team.

Okay—I lied about all the other pitchers being bad. Alex Wimmers, who has quietly had a pretty nice spring, pitched a perfect ninth inning. He now has a 2.00 ERA for the spring.

Twins didn’t do too much at the plate today. Jorge Polanco and Eduardo Escobar both hit doubles off Chris Sale, which I guess was cool. Eddie Rosario seems to have brought his hot-streak from the WBC back with him, going 3-for-3 with a run scored.

Stay hot, Eddie!

Notes

  • Ben Paulsen, Matt Hague and Bengie Gonzalez were told following the game that they would be reassigned to Triple-A Rochester.
  • Jorge Polanco, Byron Buxton, and Miguel Sano opened the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back-to-back walks to load the bases for Joe Mauer... who promptly hit into a double play. Can it get more Mauer than that?
  • Miguel Sano went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts today. He now has twenty strikeouts in 41 spirng at-bats, which is alarming.