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Twins 4, Tigers 3: Austin’s powers and the Gibby who loved thee

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Minnesota snaps a three-game losing streak with a nail-biting Hildenberger save.

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers
Tyler un-tying the game
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Kyle Gibson appeared to be having trouble early on tonight, getting squeezed a bit by home plate umpire / moth receptacle Bruce Dreckman. But Gibson became more efficient as he went, totaling 110 pitches over seven innings and leaving with a 4-1 lead.

In the first “save situation” since Fernando Rodney went to a farm upstate, Minnesota got a 1-2-3 inning from Trevor May and somewhat shakier appearance by Trevor Hildenberger. A leadoff walk and two-run bomb (Niko Goodrum, who else?) added some energy to the Tiger crowd. Hildy allowed Jim Adduci to reach on a single, then struck out two of the next three Tigers to seal the win.

(I guess now that we don’t have the FRE, we’ll have what commenter Coach Farmer called “the THE.”)

Francisco Liriano hasn’t lasted more than five innings since the Fourth of July, and he didn’t tonight. As has been the case this season, Frankie got into pitch count troubles with four walks. He did strike out three Twins, putting him three away from passing Ubaldo Jimenez to be the #5 strikeout guy ever from the Dominican Republic. (It’s Pedro Martinez first, Big Sexy second, Juan Marichal third, and our own Ervin Santana fourth.)

New acquisition Tyler Austin is reputed to be a Three True outcomes guy (homer, walk, strikeout) and he managed all three tonight. He K’ed on three straight offspeed pitches with Logan Forsythe on third and only one out, then launched his first Twins Dong the next time up. Eddie Rosario had both a hustle score (first-to-third on a single, plated on wild pitch) and a later RBI TOOTBLAN. Forsythe had another multi-hit game for some reason, as did Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano.

(Commenter kenzertz noted that “Forsythe was acquired by the Twins almost a fortnite ago.”) Robot Roll Call:

Side notes: The Tigers will be retiring Jack Morris’s jersey tomorrow. WCCO will cover the ceremony starting at roughly 12:00 PM Central. According to Atteberry, even though Detroit hadn’t officially retired #47 yet, the equipment manager never wanted to give anybody that number after Morris was done, telling rookies they had to win 20 games in a season first.

Logan Morrison was placed on the DL, freeing up a roster spot for Kohl Stewart to make his MLB debut on Sunday.