If you, like me, are also a fan of a NFC North football team, you probably enjoyed watching the Lions’ systematic destruction at the hands of a New York team tonight. I did. Karma, however, worked quickly against me. What fool am i? You may all blame me for this loss. What had been a scoreless game into the sixth inning fell apart, and the Yankees made the Twins bullpen look worse than three-day-old takeout.
Kyle Gibson had a pretty good start. He went five innings without giving up a run. He did get some help from Joe Mauer, Gregorio Petit, and Johnny Field on some slick defensive plays. The only run Gibby gave up was on a solo home run by Gary Sanchez in the sixth. That’s not bad against the modern Murderer’s Row the Yanks trot out these days.
Then came the seventh inning, and Alan Busenitz. He gave up two walks, two doubles, and three runs. Andrew Vasquez, who I totally remembered was a Twin, came in to replace him, but it made no difference, as another double led to another run. Matt Magill came in to keep the carousal turning, offering up two singles, two more walks, and a sac fly before finally escaping the inning, but with the Twins down seven runs.
In the eighth, the Twin’s offense finally woke up enough to not be a total and complete national embarrassment. Jorge Polanco and Logan Forsythe strung two singles together, followed by a Robbie Grossman double and a fielder’s choice to put two Twins runs on the board. For some odd reason Molitor pinch-hit for his DH in this inning. Max Kepler ended the eighth with a strikeout.
Kyle Gibson — 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 5K
Trevor May, John Curtiss, Oliver Drake — combined for 2.1 innings, 0 runs
Robbie Grossman — 2-4, double, RBI, Twins best hitter tonight, I guess
The rest the Twins hitters
The rest of the Twins pitchers
Everyone who sold a ticket to a Yankee fan
TeamCrazyMatt: Do not pass AAA on the sick game of prospect monopoly the Twins seem to play.