First Pitch: 1:10 p.m. Central Time
TV: YouTube; (AKA not Fox Sports North. Don’t be fooled by this.)
Radio: WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network; twinsbeisbol.com (español)
Know Thine Enemy: Brew Crew Ball
Okay, ladies and gentlemen. The Bomba Squad is back in first place, all by themselves.
There was a dramatic hour or so on Tuesday night that had me confused about the month and day and whether or not I should have been so happy/angry/happy.
The Twins had a 4-1 lead in Milwaukee and Cleveland was down by a run in the ninth inning to Boston, and I was on Cloud Nine. Then, Cleveland sent the game into extras and Yasmani Grandal sent a Ryne Harper
breaking ball meatball over the fence at Miller Park, and all was wrong with the world.
Only moments later, however Boston defeated Cleveland, and I had talked myself into and out of the whole well-at-least-Cleveland-lost-too, and then what-a-missed-opportunity-tonight-was, back-and-forth that many of us surely had.
But then, MarWIN won the game and hey, here we are, with a chance to build a winning streak before heading to Texas for a four-game set over the weekend.
Today, the Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the mound to face off against the Brewers’ Gio Gonzalez.
Gibson struggled last time out, giving up five earned runs in just 4 1⁄3 innings against Cleveland. But his two outings before that saw him complete at least six innings and give up less than two earned runs each time out. The Brewers are the best offensive team that he’s faced in quite some time, however, so fingers crossed.
Gonzalez has only started 10 games this year due to an extended period of time missed because of injury. Despite that, he did happen to face the Twins back on May 27 and gave up four earned runs in 4 2⁄3 innings. Last time out, he only lasted five innings against the Rangers while giving up one run and striking out just two hitters.
This is absolutely a sweepable mini-series for the Twins. Cleveland vs. Boston starts an hour earlier, so happy scoreboard-watching once again today, everyone...
|Mitch Garver - C||Trent Grisham - LF|
|Jorge Polanco - SS||Yasmani Grandal - C|
|Miguel Sano - 3B||Christian Yelich - RF|
|Eddie Rosario - LF||Keston Hiura - 2B|
|C.J. Cron - 1B||Mike Moustakas - 3B|
|Marwin Gonzalez - RF||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Max Kepler - CF||Eric Thames - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Orlando Arcia - SS|
|Kyle Gibson - RHP||Gio Gonzalez - LHP|