Minnesota Twins post game report: Gibson’s start leads Red Sox over Twins
By Chris Schad
With the Minnesota Twins needing a victory, Gibson could not give the Twins the start they needed as the Red Sox took the finale of a three-game series.
Coming off one of their most memorable victories of the year, the Minnesota Twins were looking for a strong start from Kyle Gibson. The veteran right-hander was coming off his best start of the season against the Kansas City Royals and looked to give the Twins another series victory at Target Field.
Instead, Gibson struggled throughout the night and couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning. Although Minnesota would get more offense than the previous two nights, it wouldn’t be enough as the Boston Red Sox would jump on Gibson early en route to a 9-4 victory.
Twin Takeaways – The Good
Most of the good things for the Twins went down while they were at the plate. They jumped on Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez early with a RBI single from Eddie Rosario and Willians Astudillo collected three hits including a home run after being recalled from Triple-A Rochester early in the day. Max Kepler would also homer for the Twins.
It was hard find other positive things in this game, but Sean Poppen made his major league debut after replacing Blake Parker, who went on the family emergency list on Wednesday afternoon. While his major league debut didn’t go great allowing three runs in four innings, he was able to throw four innings to finish the game, which helps save their bullpen heading into Kansas City next weekend.
Twin Takeaways – The Bad
The headlines start with Gibson this one as the Twins needed a long start from their veteran and simply didn’t get it. Gibson battled himself throughout the evening and couldn’t find the strike zone allowing five walks en route to allowing six runs in just 4 1/3 innings.
Along with Gibson, Miguel Sano has fallen into a funk as he’s hit just .171 with 19 strikeouts in his last 35 at-bats. The former All-Star has looked lost at the plate in the past couple of games and it’s fair to wonder just what the Twins are going to do to get him back on track following an 0-for-3 performance with a walk and two strikeouts on Wednesday night.
The Minnesota Twins will open a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night when they send their ace Jake Odorizzi to the mound to square off with Glenn Sparkman. Odorizzi would allow four runs to the Royals on June 15, but win his 10th straight decision and give the Twins their 11th straight win when he starts.
First pitch will come from Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday night.