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It always seems that right when you notice that a pitcher has a no-hitter or a perfect game a couple innings into the ballgame and you take a mental note of it that it always turns into a huge outpouring of hits for the hitless. That’s the way it went for Kyle Gibson on Monday night in Milwaukee.
Gibson had a perfect game going until the first batter of the fourth inning when Segura laid down a bunt single and it unraveled. Two batters later, Jonathan LuCroy hit an RBI single and then immediately following Carlos Gomez did the same exact thing giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
The next inning, Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer to give the Brewers a 4-0 lead. Gibson would get through six, but not before too much damage was done. Gibson gave up the four runs on six hits on the night.
The Brewers wouldn’t give up on the scoring after Gibson departed as Jean Surga reached on a throwing error from third baseman Trevor Plouffe with the bases loaded that pulled first baseman Joe Mauer off the bag.
Josh Willingham got an RBI on an infield single to break up the shutout in the top of the eight, but LuCroy answered with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to give the Brewers a 6-1 lead.
Brian Dozier would add an infield RBI single of himself in the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome the strong Milwaukee lead. The Brewers won with a final tally of 6-2.
Ex-Twin Matt Garza got the start for the Milwaukee Brewers and had a very solid start. Garza went 6.1 shutout innings only giving up six hits while striking out eight.
The Twins had their chances though. The Twins tallied 12 hits in the ballgame, but didn’t bring many men around. Dozier, Willingham and Danny Santana all had two hits, while Joe Mauer had a nice rebound game with three hits, two of which were doubles.
Brian Dozier had the other double for the Twins in the ballgame.
Twins and Brewers play again on Tuesday in the last game in Wisconsin before moving the four game set to Target Field.