Minnesota Twins Game Grades: Bats Remain Quiet in 7th Loss

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Apr 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Minnesota Twins have yet to crack the win column with another loss

The Minnesota Twins continued to sink racking up another loss to open the season. They are now 0-7.

The team had hoped that a return to the friendly confines of Target Field would allow for the opportunity to hit the reset button but once again, they fell short.

The final score was 3-1.

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Kyle Gibson started for the Twins and did an adequate job lasting 5.2 innings. Three runs scored on his watch but just one of them was earned.

With the bullpen misfiring on multiple occasions early this year, Molitor opted to ride the reliable Ryan Pressly. Pressly got the last out of the 6th and then pitched the 7th and 8th as well. Trevor May was asked to get right back on the horse but allowed an insurance run in the 9th.

Down 3-0 in the 4th, the anemic Twins bats managed to scrape together a run. Eddie Rosario had an RBI groundout to score Miguel Sano. That was all the offense they were able to produce on the afternoon and again, it wasn’t nearly enough.

2. Final. 3. 128. 1

OFFENSE . D-. 6 hits, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts, 0 home runs and 0 for 6 RISP. Again, a healthy number of baserunners but no timely hits. Eduardo Escobar continued swinging a hot stick of late going 2 for 4 with 2 singles. Trevor Plouffe hit a double and walked  . . Trevor Plouffe

B-. Totals: 6 hits allowed, 3 walk, 0 home runs and 3 strikeouts. Gibson also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.. . Kyle Gibson. STARTERS

B. Pressly was impressive over the 2.1 innings he worked. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two. May allowed an earned run. . . Ryan Pressly. RELIEVERS

C+. Eduardo Escobar committed another error (three on the season) and it cost the Twins in the 4th. . . . DEFENSE

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The Twins will play game 2 of their set against the White Sox at home in Target Field. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT. Phil Hughes makes his second start of the season.

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