Moonlight feels right.
Kyle Gibson and the Twins take on Carlos Carrasco and the Clevelanders. Carrasco has, to this point, seemed like the type of pitcher that the Twins could have success against (a righty who doesn't strike out a ton of people and a ground ball pitcher who seems let the ball find the seats with regularity). Meanwhile, Kyle Gibson's had a rough start to his major league career, but that all ends now, I'm sure.
Your starting lineups:
What a beautiful day. The afternoon was spent changing out mulch around my hops and maintaining the yard. Now it's time for sitting on the deck with a couple of Alaskan Ambers and some grilled chops...
...and hopefully another Twins win.
Alright, guys. I'm spent. The Milkmaid and I both made it all the way through the often-punishing Flagstaff Extreme course last night, which is something that only 30% of people manage to do (our group seemed to bear out these results correctly). We stayed at a sucky Super 8 and drove home today, and as low-class as the hotel was, it's still been an adventure to be on our own for this long, which is simply something we've not done since she was pregnant with the first one (and we didn't get real adventurous when she was carrying, of course).
Today, 14-year-old Kyle Gibson faces 11-year-old (though this age is possibly falsified) Erasmo Ramirez, who in ten and a third innings manages to have an ERA much worse than Kyle's. He'll be pitching to octogenarian Henry Blanco, though, so that should provide the necessary leadership to set him up for success.
I'll see about ten minutes of this before I head out to work and half-heartedly watch it there on what's likely to be a busy day. Bring it home, dudes.
Well, I said I wouldn't post another Sunday recap if the game had been a losing effort. I'm glad that didn't even last 1 time through the order! The Twins had 14 hits on the day and cashed in on 2 Yankees errors to score 10 runs. Aaron Hicks hit his 8th Home Run of the year, a 2-out, 3-run shot in the 3rd inning off of C.C. Sabathia who, by the way, took his first loss against the Twins....since nearly ever. He had been 11-0 in his last 12 starts against the Twins.
There's more, if you care to read on...
Ah, a merciful end comes as we enter the All-Star break. The Twins are 38-53, which is right around the disaster we feared they'd be at the "half." This AL East tour certainly did the team no favors. The Yankees are 51-43 but are sitting in fourth in their always-ridiculous division.
Kyle Gibson, who has one win, faces Captain Cheeseburger, who has two hundred. I plan to watch the Yankee feed, but if it's a CC love-fest I might have to rethink things.
A series win in New York...it's impossible, right? Let's see it anyway, Twins.
It took a lot longer than many of us thought it should have, but.
Ladies* and gentlemen, I give you...
(cue thunderous applause and hopefully more than a strikeout every other inning)
In a spot-start, Pedro Hernandez gets his third win of the season and helps prevent an Indians sweep. The offense racked up 5 runs on 12 hits.
The Twins are now 34-38, 5-5 in their past 10 games. They are 7 games behind the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers and 1.5 games behind third place KC.
Not to steal Jeff A's thunder, but the bigger news from yesterday is that Hernandez was optioned back to Rochester and Kyle Gibson was recalled. He is scheduled to make his MLB debut against the Royals on Saturday...apparently, the future is now!
From the Twins website:
Gibson made 15 starts for the Rochester Red Wings this season, going 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 28 walks in 92 2/3 innings.