Kyle Gibson got a bit of redemption this start. He pitched six complete innings (and faced one batter in the 7th) getting that elusive “quality start.” Gibby kept the Mariners to a single run off of five hits and three walks. He kept the ball over the plate, his curve ball was working and with some key help from the Twins defense, he had a good night. He’ll most likely face the same Mariners batters next week.
Top of the 4th, the Twins got on the board first when Jason Castro launched a missile deep into U.S. territory causing damage in the Washington area.
Mauer made a diving stop in the 4th to deny Cano a hit.
The Twins picked up another run thanks to a pair of errors in the 5th. After Ehire Adrianza walked and stole second base, and with two outs, Joe Mauer hit a dribbler to Robinson Cano that looked like easy ending to the inning, except Cano fumbled the ball and Joe safely got on first. Meanwhile, Ehire was hung up between third and home trying to get back. Cano threw the ball into the dirt and it rolled all the way to the left wall allowing Adrianza to get home and Mauer to get on second.
Bottom of the 5th, Gibson got himself into a jam. After a lead-off triple by Jarrod Dyson and a walk to Boog “Boog” Powell, Ben Gamel hit a sac fly to center field that dropped for a hit and Dyson scored a run. The Mariners almost tied it up (at least) with two out and runners on the corners, Cano hit a ball deep to center field that he paused for a second to admire, forgetting that that was where Byron Buxton lives and made this leaping, MUST C catch to end the threat.
Brandon Kintzler came in in the 9th and got some redemption himself, “grinding out” a 1-2-3 save, striking out two in the process.
W: Gibson (3-4) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
L: Bergman (3-3) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
SV: Kintzler (16)
Gibson - 6 (mostly) solid innings
Twins defense - Played Baseball the Right Way™
Belisle and Rogers - kept the Mariners scoreless
Kintzler - got back on that horse and faced only 3 batters for the save
Castro - HR
None, Twins win!
ROBOT ROLL CALL!
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