Some quick notes after the weekend debacle:
Kyle Gibson pitched the best game of any Twins starter in this series. That tells you how the pitching went this weekend. Gibson gave up three runs over six innings and pretty much stopped everyone not named Edwin Encarnacion. It looks like Gibson is trying to figure things out. "I think he had a good mix today, for the most part," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Gibson was unpredictable, especially with his first pitches. Gibson threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the 27 batters he faces, according to my figures. And he fired first pitch strikes to 12 of the final 16 batters he faced. He still nibbled at times. but not as much as past outings. He has to continue to eliminate mistake pitches - or get Encarnacion out of the league. But he pitched like a back-end rotation guy on Sunday. I think the Twins will take that for now.
Class AAA Rochester Zack Granite got a hit in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday but was 0-for-2 in the second game. So his hitting streak ended at 17. It's the longest streak there since Danny Valencia hit in 20 straight from April 24-May 16, 2010. He began the day leading the International League with a .348 batting average and .401 on base percentage. Granite, a 14th round pick in 2013 out of Seton Hall, was out until the end of April with a left oblique strain and only recently qualified to be included among the league leaders. He also was named on Sunday as the Twins minor league player of the week.
Cleveland has won eight straight game at Target Field, their longest winning streak here.
Trevor Bauer is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA against the Twins this season. He basically did all his dirty work Sunday with a fastball and curveball. The Twins had a hard time squaring him up. Cleveland has been waiting for Bauer to stop playing with his drones and pitch better. Well, he's still playing with his drones - he played with one here this week at an abandoned warehouse - but he is pitching better.