A couple quick notes following the game:
I didn't address this in the gamer, but this was one of the rare times the Twins offense covered up for its defense and starting pitching.
Stephen Gonsalves lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks. The bullpen deserves some props too, giving up one earned run over the final 5.1 innings with nine strikeouts.
"For Stephen, just making it really hard on himself, with the extra baserunners, with the walks and making some mistakes when he was ahead in the count," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It was a rough go. He probably be the first one to tell you that. He minimized fairly well through the first three then it got down to that last lefty, trying to get off of the field and he hit the homer. But the bullpen, from everyone coming in - Magill getting some outs and everyone we brought in did a nice job. Through Trevor and Rog got a couple big outs for us. Hildy made it interesting, but he got it done."
Defensively, the Twins committed three errors and had one passed ball. Gonsalves can't take all the blame for Nomar Mazara's three-run homer. The inning should have been over before that. With two outs and a man on, Mauer stumbled after fielding a grounder and couldn't feed the ball to Gonsalves, who was covering first, allowing a run to score. Polanco then booted a ground ball by Elvis Andrus to put two on for Mazara. Gonsalves then laid a fastball over the plate for Mazara.
The pitch to Mazara was awful, but there were other things going on in that inning.
The Twins announced roster additions following the game.
Rightander Tyler Duffey, outfielder Johnny Field, catcher Chris Gimenez and lefthander Andrew Vasquez are coming up from Class AAA Rochester. And righthander Matt Belisle is being activated from the disabled list.
Vasquez is the surprise name because he was just in Class AA Chattanooga a couple weeks ago before being moved to Rochester.
"I think he’s had a tremendous season," General Manager Thad Levine said. "He has really developed. The strikeout to walk ratio (17.1 per nine at Chattanooga) has been exceptional and what he has worked on this season has been being effective against righties as well as lefties. I think the breaking ball has played against both extremely well and I think there’s some curiosity of what that will look like up here. He’s Rule 5 eligible in advance of that we’d like to see how it plays at the major-league level. We’re encouraged by his progress so far."
Levine declined to clarify Bryon Buxton's chances of being called up. They warned us a couple days ago that he might not be called up, and that should not be taken lightly. Also, Levine said, Buxton is playing with some discomfort in the wrist that sent him to the DL a few weeks ago.