Kyle Gibson almost escaped the first inning unscathed. He had two outs and men on second and third, and induced a pop-up to third. Unfortunately, it fell in for a two-run single, because we can’t have nice things. Gibson did settle in after the first, and did not give up another run until the fourth.
Meanwhile, Danny Duffy was in a groove. Maybe this means the Royals will trade him soon? Duffy pitched seven innings, and the only run he gave up was in the fourth. Walks to Eduardo Escobar and Mitch Garver, sandwiched around a Robbie Grossman single lead to a bases-loaded jam. Max Kepler collected the run on the pop-up, but that was all the runs the Twins would muster.
The Royals got that run right back in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda hit a singel, and then Hunter Dozier hit a double. He is the wrong Dozier. We like the other Dozier better, but theirs got the RBI tonight. The Royals would add another run in the sixth on a Lucas Duda dong. Duda is apparently destined to haunt Kyle Gibson’s nightmares tonight.
The real nail in the coffin was the seventh inning though. Alan Busenitz put runners on first and second with a single and walk, and then let Salvador Perez drive them in with a double. I don’t even want to look up what his ERA is now. It isn’t pretty though.
The Twins tried hard to rally, but it didn’t happen. In the eighth inning, they added another run to their total. Eduardo Escobar hit roughly his 387th double of the year. Mitch Garver liked it, and decided to top it with a “show off double” to plate Ed. No word on if Joe Mauer chastised Garver for showing up the other team.
In the ninth, the Twins had a chance to win the game. Jorge Polanco hit a double. Pinch hitter and folk hero Jake Cave walked. Joe Mauer hit roughly his 53,000th career single, and just like that the bases were loaded with no outs. Eddie Rosario hit a ground ball that traded an out for a run, and then Brian Dozier did basically the same the darn thing. Two runs in, two outs, and two more runs to go... Could they do it (if you read the title, you know they couldn’t.) Brandon Mauerer came on to pitch for Kansas City, and he Mauerered his way through it. Robbie Grossman singled to load the bases back up, and Mitch Garver walked to add his second RBI of the night. Max Kepler hit a fly ball to Alex Gordon, and the comeback fell short. At least I don’t have to stay up through extra innings I guess.
Mitch Garver 1-of-3, 2RBI, 3B
Eduardo Escobar 1-of-4, RBI, 2B
Anyone who watched this thing
Brian Dozier 0-for-4
Alan Busenitz 1 IP, 2 ER
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RuthBaderTwinsburg: Hello all
Solid pun-based username to start off, and introducing theirself with a Haiku? I think I like this person.