Tuesday night, the Minnesota Twins were in action on the west coast against the Los Angeles Angels. Coming off a solid sweep against the division rival, Chicago White Sox, the Twins were looking to keep their winning ways going. A late start game for fans back in Twins Territory, Minnesota failed to keep the momentum going.
Kyle Gibson, fresh off of three straight strong starts, toed the rubber against the Angels C.J. Wilson. Gibson had turned a corner of late and looked like the strong started that the Twins expected him to be.
After a 1-2-3 first inning for the Twins, the Angels busted open the scoring with Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick, and C.J. Cron all driving in runs. Coming out of the first inning, the Twins and Gibson saw themselves looking up at a 5-0 deficit.
The Twins answered back in a strong way tagging Angels pitcher, Wilson, for five runs of their own in the top of the second. Back to back home runs by Josh Willingham and Kendrys Morales, his first of the year, opened things up for the Twins. Sam Fuld and Brian Dozier both singled in runs while Danny Santana drove in one on a double.
Los Angeles made sure to wipe away the 5-5 tie in short order, as the stud of Major League Baseball, Mike Trout, homered to right center in the bottom of the second to make the score 7-5 in favor of the Halos.
Samuel Deduno picked up for Kyle Gibson in the bottom of the third, effectively closing the chapter on Gibson’s day.
In the top of the 5th inning, Morales once again got the Twins on the board, driving in Dozier on a deep sacrifice fly to center. Joe Mauer was left stranded at third to end the inning with the score leaving the Twins down 7-6.
Behind the arm of Joe Smith, the Angels closed out the Twins and took game one of the series.
The two teams are back in action tonight at 9:05 pm central time, and the Twins will look to once again close the gap back to .500.