Postgame: Gibson hurt by extra bases

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • July 4, 2014 - 8:22 PM

    Three leftovers from a packed house on Independence Day:

    ONE BASE AT A TIME, PLEASE: Kyle Gibson had given up hits before, as many as 10 back in April against the Rays. But Friday's outing was different. These weren't hits, they were big hits. Gibson gave up a triple to the first batter he faced, then four doubles over the next two innings, a total of five extra-base hits, for a pitcher who had never given up more than three before. "That really hurt. I'll give up singles -- I'm a sinker ball guy, I'm going to give up singles, ground balls are going to get through," Gibson said. "But you could just tell, they were elevating the ball well. On top of giving up hits, if they're going to be extra base hits, that's how you give up two and three runs an inning." Maybe it's a Yankee thing: Gibson's worst outing last year was a Fourth of July drubbing by the Yankees in Target Field, when he gave up eight runs in 5 1/3 innings.

    DEDUNO IS GOOD AGAIN: As bad as Gibson was, that's how good Samuel Deduno was. Just as he did in Gibson's disastrous June 24 start in Anaheim, Deduno came in and dominated hitters. Those same batters who clobbered Gibson managed just three hits over 4 2/3 innings against Deduno's mix of fastballs and sinkers, thus keeping the game close so the Twins could try to rally. Deduno has not pitched 9 2/3 scoreless innings of relief since losing his spot in the starting rotation two weeks ago. He claims the difference -- Deduno has a 1.91 ERA in the bullpen, but 6.52 in the rotation -- doesn't frustrate him, but he definitely wishes he was a starter again.

    THE STREAK IS OVER: Tough way for Chris Parmelee to lose his 13-game hitting streak -- with the tying run on second base, he took strike three to end the game. Parmelee has been terrific lately, basically the Twins' only hitter not in a slump, so he was the guy they wanted up there. And the pitch, a 92-mph cutter from David Robertson was close, obviously too close to take. But the consensus in the Twins' clubhouse afterward was that it was also four inches outside, a Joe West special. Parmelee took his first 0-for-5 in two weeks.

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