There's not much I can tell you about this game that you don't know. Gibson wasn't terrible, but he wasn't particularly good, either. The offense did nothing other than Rosario's grand slam. Casey Fien came in and gave up the tying and go-ahead runs. And the Twins missed a chance at a sweep.
Due to various moves, the Twins ended the game with two infielders, Escobar and Santana, playing the outfield. Yes, I know they've both played there before, but it's still basically two infielders playing the outfield. It had no impact on the game--I just found it annoying. It's annoying any time, but especially in September, when the rules let you have basically as many bench players as you want. It just seems to me that there's no good reason a team should end up playing short-handed in September.
But then I went and looked at the forty-man roster. The Twins list eight outfielders, but for some reason they list Escobar as an outfielder, so it's really only seven. Hicks is still on a rehab assignment, so that cuts it to six. Robinson and Buxton were removed from the game, so that leaves four. Rosario was in the game, so that leaves three: Kepler, Arcia, and Hunter.
I can understand why they left Kepler in Chattanooga to continue to play and help the Lookouts in the Southern League playoffs. Arcia probably wouldn't be much if any improvement in the outfield over Santana and Escobar even if he was here. That leaves only Hunter, who wasn't used because a) Molitor thought he needed a full day off, b) Molitor was saving him for a pinch-hitting chance that never came, or c) Molitor thinks Santana and Escobar are better outfield options than Hunter. Take your pick.
So, I don't know what to think. On the one hand, it still seems to me that there's no good reason a team should end up playing short-handed in September. On the other hand, to have had extra outfielders, they'd have to have given a roster spot to people like Eric Farris, Danny Ortiz, or Xavier Avery, none of whom have shown they really deserve one.
At any rate, what's done is done, and we move on to Houston. Mike Pelfrey, who has pitched well sometimes, goes against Collin McHugh, who had a rough patch in May and the first part of June but has pitched really well since then. The Twins played well against Houston in Target Field. Can they do it again on the road? Of course they can! It's time to start our season-ending twenty-nine game winning streak! We'll just have to settle for 98-64!