Thanks, Eduardo Escobar. Eduardo Escobar is the reason the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers aren’t still playing a baseball game. An Eduardo Escobar solo home run in the third was the only run the Twins would need and he only added to his greatness when he drew a bases-loaded walk from Joe Nathan in the ninth to score a second run.
Of course, to have a 2-0 game you need some good pitching performances and that is what happened in Friday night’s game. Kyle Gibson went seven shutout innings for the Twins only giving up five hits and two walks while striking out three. Drew Smyly had a solid start for the Tigers as well, going six innings with four hits, three walks, two strikeouts and only allowing the one run.
There was virtually no offense to talk about in the game. Kurt Suzuki, Joe Mauer, Kendrys Morales and Escobar all registered a hit a piece for the Twins. Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Romine and Nick Castellanos all registered a single hit for the Tigers. Alex Avila is the only player in the game to register multiple hits with two.
Brian Dozier did not play in the game after hurting his back in Toronto. Reportedly hopes to be in the lineup on Saturday.
The Twins and Tigers play again tomorrow at 3:08 Central. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
The boxscore for the game can be found here.