Minnesota Twins Game Grades: Phillies Beaten in Close One

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Jun 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar (5) celebrates with second baseman Brian Dozier (2) after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field. The Twins beat the Phillies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar (5) celebrates with second baseman Brian Dozier (2) after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field. The Twins beat the Phillies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Minnesota Twins offense and bullpen were strong in a tight win against the Phillies

The Minnesota Twins played the second game of their series against the Phillies and eked out a win. The Twins have now won 3 in a row after losing 5 in row.

The Twins have improved to 23-48 on the year.

Kyle Gibson had the start for Minnesota. He lasted 6 innings and gave up 5 runs, 4 of them earned.

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He surrendered two home runs. In spite of his struggles and a costly error from Max Kepler, Gibson was able to keep things from getting ugly.

He kept the team in the game and saved the bullpen by eating up 6 innings.

Taylor Rogers picked up where Gibson left off and threw a clean 7th. Ryan Pressly got two outs in the 8th and Fernando Abad finished off that inning and pitched an uneventful 9th inning for the save.

Offensively, had contributions from the whole lineup. Trevor Plouffe singled home a run in the 1st, Eduardo Nunez singled home Byron Buxton in the 2nd, Eduardo Escobar tripled home two runs in the 5th, also in the 5th Max Kepler singled in a run and Kepler added a sac fly in the 7th to put the Twins ahead.

2. Final. 5. 6. 6

Eduardo Escobar. OFFENSE . B+. 13 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 0 home runs and 4 for 12 RISP. Every hitter in the Twins line up had a hit. <strong><a href=.

C. Totals: 8 hits allowed, 2 walks, 2 home runs, and 5 strikeouts.. . Kyle Gibson. STARTER

The ‘pen was responsible for 3 innings and allowed 0 runs. They struck out none and allowed just one hit and no walks. We’ll give special mention to Abad for his 4 out save . . Fernando Abad. RELIEVERS . A

C+. The Twins made one error and completed 1 double play. Max Kepler committed a costly two base error.  . . . DEFENSE

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The Twins will play the final game of their set against the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field later today. First pitch is at 12:10 PM CT. Ricky Nolasco gets the start for the Twins.

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