Gibson better but Twins bullpen can't contain Orioles

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 31, 2014 - 12:25 AM

The righthander overcame difficulty and worked on building strength for fall.

– The end is near, Kyle Gibson says. He can feel it in his legs and his arm.

But he’s going to pitch in September for the first time next week, “and it’s something I’m going to have to get used to because I want to pitch into October at some point.”

Until then, he’ll keep trying to refine his game and learn to pitch out of trouble, as he did Saturday. The Twins eventually lost to the Orioles 3-2 — their sixth loss in the past seven games — but Gibson learned a lot from his pitch-to-pitch battle. The second-year righthander put runners in scoring position with less than two outs three times in five innings, but only once did it burn him. Jimmy Paredes hit a ground-rule double that Danny Santana couldn’t catch up to on the warning track in center field, “and I could have given up a big number that inning. I was pleased that I got out of it with only one run.”

Unfortunately, the Twins managed only two themselves, and relievers Brian Duensing (on a home run by Paredes) and Jared Burton (on a sacrifice fly to Chris Davis) gave up a run apiece, allowing the Orioles to stretch their lead to eight games over New York in the AL East.

Santana was playing deep on Davis’ decisive sac fly in the seventh, and had to run in at full speed to catch it, preventing him, manager Ron Gardenhire said, from setting himself fast enough to throw out Adam Jones at the plate and keep the score tied.

Gibson has now thrown 149 innings this season, less than four short of the career-high 152⅔ he threw in the majors and minors last year, and he knows he may have another five starts to go.

“For me, this is getting into uncharted territory, I’ve never been over 150 innings. To keep strong and stay healthy this last month is going to be important,” said Gibson, just three years removed from elbow-reconstruction surgery.

Teammate Mike Pelfrey told him “the first time you go through a sixth month in September, it’s tough, but after that, it gets easier. I’m going to focus on keeping my body maintained and strength in my legs and see where it goes.”

Houston claims Deduno

Samuel Deduno was in the lobby of the Twins’ hotel Saturday afternoon, waiting to board the bus to Camden Yards, when Ron Gardenhire pulled him aside with some surprising news: He’s now a Houston Astro.

“It was one of those shockers. He didn’t expect it, and he really likes it [with the Twins],” Gardenhire said. “Classy kid. It was sad to have to tell him that he had been claimed.”

Claimed off irrevocable waivers, as it turns out, the Twins’ way of clearing a spot on their 40-man roster with roster expansion coming Monday. The Twins will replace Deduno with lefthanded reliever Aaron Thompson, who had posted a 3.59 ERA in 52 innings at Class AAA Rochester this season.

Why Thompson? He’s held lefthanded batters to a .200 average, a .284 on-base percentage and a .250 slugging percentage — only one extra-base hit all season — for the Red Wings.

“We talked about a lefty that was getting lefties out,” Gardenhire said. “He’s having a pretty good year down there. … As you’ve seen, our lefties are having a little bit of trouble.”

Lefthanders have been hitting .247 against Brian Duensing, and .281 against Caleb Thielbar, the bullpen’s current lefthanders, making Gardenhire’s options limited in crucial situations.

It’s Thompson’s second chance in the big leagues. Originally drafted by the Marlins out of high school in the first round in 2005, he pitched in four games, including one start, for the Pirates in 2011 but was hit hard, posting an ERA of 7.04. Thompson, 27, was released by the Pirates and signed by the Twins that winter.

For the 31-year-old Deduno, it’s a disappointing end to a Minnesota career that showed such promise when he started out 4-0 in 2012, holding batters to a .189 average and putting up a 2.67 ERA over that stretch. But while he struck out 20 during that hot streak, he walked 22.

“The whole thing with Sammy was, when he was able to throw the ball over the plate, he was very successful, because everything moves,” Gardenhire said. “He’s kind of scuffled as of late with the strike zone.”

Meyer exits game early

Alex Meyer, rated as the top pitching prospect in the Twins’ system, “couldn’t get loose” while pitching for Class AAA Rochester on Saturday, a Twins official said, and was removed from the after recording only four outs. The move was “precautionary,” Twins director of minor leagues Brad Steil said via text.

The outing was likely Meyer’s final one of 2014, since the International League regular season ends on Monday. Meyer, generally limited to 80-85 pitches all season after suffering a shoulder injury in 2013, had been a candidate for promotion to the major leagues when rosters expand next month, but that’s unlikely after he faced only six batters in his final start against Buffalo.

Meyer, whose fastball is normally clocked at 95 mph or above, was hitting only 90 mph during his brief start.

  • related content

  • Video: Gibson working on release point

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson says his work on keeping a consistent release point is paying off.

  • BOXSCORE: Baltimore 3, Twins 2

    Saturday August 30, 2014

  • Souhan: These should be the Twins' next four moves

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    The Twins can do more to show us their best team of the future. Here’s what they should do before the waiver-required trading deadline.

  • Twins prospect Meyer leaves Rochester game as precaution

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    Twins' top pitching prospect couldn't get loose, team says, and his velocity suffered large drop.

  • Astros claim Deduno off waivers from Twins

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    Righthander tantalized Twins with 95-mph fastball, but lack of control twice cost him a spot in rotation.

  • Saturday's recap: Baltimore 3, Twins 2

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    GAME RECAPIMPACT PLAYERJimmy Paredes, OriolesHad an RBI double and a home run, each of which put Baltimore in front.BY THE...

  • Postgame: Suzuki takes one on the chin

    Saturday August 30, 2014

    Twins catcher refuses to come out; Vargas' feat comparable to some all-time greats; Arcia has manager's confidence, even in slump.

  • Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, right, tags out Minnesota Twins Danny Santana on a steal attempt in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

  • Chris Tillman delivered against the Twins in the first inning Saturday in Baltimore. The game was in progress at press time.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Brooklyn 109 FINAL
Boston 107
Cleveland 98 FINAL
Orlando 89
Indiana 109 FINAL
Detroit 119
Milwaukee 107 FINAL
Atlanta 77
Houston 117 FINAL
Memphis 111
San Antonio 90 FINAL
New Orleans 97
Charlotte 75 FINAL
Oklahoma City 98
LA Lakers 98 FINAL
Dallas 102
Minnesota 102 FINAL
Denver 106
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Portland 114
Phoenix 115 FINAL
Sacramento 106
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
(15) Arizona State 1:10 PM
Duke
Miami-Florida 2:30 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you like the Twins' offseason moves so far?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close