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They say you should learn something new every day. Friday’s lesson was that if you want to hit some triples, play a game at AT&T Park. During the series opener with the San Francisco Giants, the teams combined to hit three triples. The most exciting play in baseball happened three times and you we’re probably at the lake! How dare you.
The game was not exactly a pitcher’s duel. The good Kyle Gibson didn’t make the start for the Minnesota Twins, it was the other Gibson. Gibson went five innings and gave up five runs on five hits, two of which were strikeouts.
Tim Lincecum didn’t have his best stuff either, but it was good enough to best the Twins. Lincecum gave up two runs on five hits and six walks in six innings of work, but the Twins couldn’t take advantage of all those base-runners.
The Giants only needed their first scoring play to win the game. Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run home run in the first inning to start the scoring for the game. The Twins responding with two runs in the third, but that’s all they could muster. The runs came from a Joe Mauer RBI triple and a Chris Parmelee ground out.
The Giants scored three more runs in the game including a two RBI from Brandon Hicks via a solo homer in the fourth and a sac fly in the seventh to give the Giants the 6-2 victory.
Caleb Theilbar and Matt Guerrier also pitched in the game for the Twins.
Twins and Giants play again on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 Central.