Other than the no-decision 1-hitter against the New York Yankees in April, Kyle Gibson’s start Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays has to be one of his best outings of the season.
Gibson struck out nine over eight innings and held the Rays to just one run. He also scattered five hits and didn’t walk a batter to improve to 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA. Reliever Ryan Pressly got one out, then Fernando Rodney got the next two outs to earn his 21st save of the season.
The Twins are now 7-1 during this 11-game home stand and they picked up a game on the Cleveland Indians after the Tribe fell to the Yanks, 7-4, on Thursday. The Twins are 7.5 games back of the Tribe with a lot of baseball still to be played. I like what I’m seeing, and I’m beginning to think that the Twins are going to pull this off and dethrone the Indians.
Offensively, the Twins scored their five runs on seven hits. Eddie Rosario hit his 19th home run and Robbie Grossman and Jorge Polanco both hit doubles to chase Blake Snell, who lasted all of three innings.
Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Friday.
-Thursday’s game was delayed two hours by rain.
To the right: Good
To the left: Not so good. pic.twitter.com/NKm3AYW3Qe
— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) July 12, 2018
-Logan Morrison has landed on the disabled list with a left hip injury, according to MLB.com. I hate to say it, but I doubt the Twins are going to miss him.