I mentioned in the game thread how Kyle Gibson had been moving in the right direction with his starts. Today, he took one big step back.
A 3-run jack by Adam Jones in the first didn’t help set a good tone for this game, as Gibby hung a slider right down the heart of the plate. Two more runs in the 2nd and already the last game before the All Star break was looking bleak for the hometown team. At this point I was fully on board with getting Gibson out of there and going to the pen for help, but he finished the top of the 2nd.
The Twins staged a comeback in the bottom half of the inning. With 2 outs, Brian Dozier walked a run in with the bases loaded. Robbie Grossman hit a single to left, scoring Chris Gimenez and Zack Granite. Max Kepler doubled into the right field corner, scoring Dozier. Then, Miguel Sano hit a grounder up the middle but it hit the pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, deflecting it to the SS Ruben Tejada, who threw him out. The comeback fell just short.
Unfortunately, Ubaldo Jimenez was able to limit the damage to just the 2nd inning, as he pitched scoreless 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.
Of course the Orioles tacked on 4 more runs in the 5th, because why not? There was a solo homer by Adam Jones, his second of the day. After another hit, Gibson’s day was done. Tyler Duffey came in to put out the fire but gave up a single and a wild pitch. A 2-run single by Caleb Joseph, and then a run-scoring double by Ruben Tejada opened it up to a 9-4 lead.
Three straight singles, and later a sac fly lead to 2 more runs in the 8th for Baltimore.
Jorge Polanco hit a grounder to drive in Miguel Sano from 3rd in the 8th, making it 11-5, our final score.
The Minnesota Twins go into the All Star break at 45-43, I’ll take that.
Zack Granite: Made a great catch and also took his first career walk today.
Robbie Grossman: 2-4, 2 RBI
Max Kepler: 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
Kyle Gibson: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR (6.31 ERA)
Tyler Duffey: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER (4.81 ERA)
Trevor Hildenberger: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER (2.16 ERA)
Robot Roll Call:
|7||Too Rich To Write Checks||14|
|12||Pau from the sky-tinted water||9|
|16||Can't Read Good||2|
Enjoy your week, everyone!