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Twins 2, Cardinals 1: Kyle Gibson solid as Twins get walk-off win

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Several times the Twins threatened to score, but did not score, until the ninth inning when they did score, but not enough to win. They did that in the tenth.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
He didn’t get saddled with a spring training loss! Can you imagine the potential horror?!
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This really was a really boring game, for the most part. Sure, the Twins threatened several times throughout the game—including loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the third for Miguel Sano and Max Kepler—but they wouldn’t get anything going.

That is, they couldn’t get anything going until the bottom of the ninth, when suddenly the Twins’ offense exploded lol j/k the Cardinals made two fielding errors that allowed the Twins to tie it up, 1-1. The two teams played into the tenth inning, where potential backup catcher Chris Gimenez hit a walk-off single to drive in Bengie Gonzalzes and win the game.

The ninth inning rally was good news for Kyle Gibson, who would have been on hook for the spring training loss otherwise. Talk about terrible! In reality, though, Gibson had a pretty solid outing today. He did give up a walk and a single that led to the Cardinals only run in the third inning, but two hits and a walk over 4.0 innings ain’t bad.

Not every Twin brought their ass-bat today, either. Joe Mauer had a nice, lazy day at the plate, going 1-for-1 with two walks. Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with a double, and (of course) looked stellar defensively.

Notes

  • Jordan Schafer—who was the Twins’ opening day center fielder in 2014—pitched one inning against the Twins today. That’s totally normal.
  • Old friend Eric Fryer was in the game too, catching for the Cardinals.
  • Brandon Kintzler was asked to tell a “good, clean Eddie Guardado story.” Apparently, Eddie loses his breath running to the dugout phone! Almost as memorable as the toothbrush story.
  • Danny Santana made a great assist in the top of the ninth inning to catch Chad Huffman at home. He also had an outfield assist throwing out a runner at third earlier in the game.

ROLL CALL!