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Twins 5, A’s 1: Gibson tosses a gem

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The Twins avoided a sweep against the A’s, thanks in large part to Kyle Gibson.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics
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The Athletics of Oakland just needed one more win (or a Rays loss) to clinch a wild card spot. They’ll have to wait at least another day.

Jake Cave got the Twins offense started with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning.

Kyle Gibson and a trio of relievers held the A’s to just 1 run on 8 hits. Matt Olson provided the only offense for Oakland, with his solo homer to right-center in the 2nd inning.

In the 4th, Minnesota added the final three runs of the ball game. Grossman singled, and then Tyler Austin reached on an error. Max Kepler then hit a single to score Grossman, and Ehire Adrianza lined an RBI double to center. Chris Gimenez hit a sac-fly RBI for the 3rd run of the inning.

Gibson didn’t rack up the strikeouts today, but was able to get a ton of ground-outs including a couple of double plays. His final line was: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.

Tyler Duffey, Gabriel Moya, and Trevor May got the final 5 outs to end the ballgame.

Notes:

  • Joe Mauer tied Harmon Killebrew for the most times on base as a Twin today. No Twin has been on base more than Joe Mauer.
  • It is Trevor May’s birthday. Happy birthday, Trevor!

Studs:

  • Kyle Gibson
  • Joe Mauer: 2-4, R
  • Jake Cave: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
  • Ehire Adrianza: 2-4, RBI

Duds:

NO DUDS TWINS WIN!

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