The Twins could not get things going today against Tigers pitching today, and marks Ron Gardenhire’s first win against his former employer.
The Tigers got on the board fast, scoring one in the 1st, but leaving a runner stranded at third.
The Twins answered back quickly with a run in the bottom half on a Brain Dozier almost home run/stuck in the wall ground rule double, followed by and RBI single from Eddie Rosario which brought Dozier home.
Twins starter Kyle Gibson sat the Tigers down in the 2nd and 3rd innings, but got into trouble in the 4th, taking over 30 pitches to get out of the inning including giving up a 2-run homer to former Twin Niko Goodrum.
For the day Gibson had stretches where he pitched well, and stretches where he seemed to have command issues. He walked away with a quality start, but the Twins offense was unable to produce any more run support. Six Twins batters were hitless on the day.
Michael Fulmer kept the Twins lineup in check for the most part, but was pulled from the game due to a rising pitch count. The normal Tiger bullpen implosion we are used to did not happen today.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the 9th, but failed to score any more despite having the bases loaded with one out. Shane Greene pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 11th save on the year.
L: Gibson (1-3)
S: Greene (11)
Studs: Eddie Rosario (3-4, RBI), Brian Dozier (2B, R, BB), Byron Buxton (2B)
Duds: Pretty much all the other Twins batters
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Comment of the Game:
Since everybody was really stingy with the recs today, here is a Kids in the Hall skit called Nobody Likes Us