Three quick extras after a memorable offensive explosion at Target Field:
Having done both in the space of two days really confirmed what Chris Gimenez always suspected: He’s rather be a catcher trying to pitch than a hitter trying to hit that catcher.
“It’s terrible. I don’t enjoy that at all,” said Gimenez, who pitched the ninth inning of Monday’s loss, then batted against Mariners catcher Carlos Ruiz in the eighth inning of the Twins’ win on Tuesday. “I’d much rather pitch. When you hit, it’s no-win — either you’ve gotten a hit against a position player, no big deal, or a catcher has gotten you out.”
Gimenez made the best of it, though, smacking a long fly ball off Ruiz into the left field corner. Ben Gamel jumped to catch it, but the ball bounced off the top of the wall and back onto the field, an easy double.
Paul Molitor could have left the play stand that way, but in the same way that Scott Servais double-checked a potential Nelson Cruz homer off Gimenez one night earlier, he asked umpires to review the play and see whether Gimenez’s ball had cleared the fence. It hadn’t.
Still, “I appreciate the gesture. A home run is a home run,” Gimenez said. “He could have let it go, given the situation, but he didn’t, and I appreciate that.”
The game was played in temperatures near 90, and with humidity around 60 percent, a hot and sticky night to be playing for three hours. Especially with all that base running.
“We’ve got a few guys that might get a little fluid replenishment from the long night,” Molitor said.
Eddie Rosario wasn’t one of them, though. After hitting three home runs and a single, and playing left field for nine innings, the 25-year-old outfielder said he enjoyed the conditions.
“I play all my life in Puerto Rico. It’s hot, 90” there, Rosario said. “I feel great. I feel like I am home. I love to play when it’s hot.”
He seems to be OK with batting ninth, too. He’s batting .358 in that spot, and on Tuesday became the fifth player in major-league history to hit three home runs from the last spot in the batting order. Trot Nixon of the Red Sox was the most recent, hitting three in Detroit on July 24, 1999. The other three: Milwaukee’s Dale Sveum in 1987, Cincinnati’s Art Shamsky in 1966, and pitcher Jim Tobin for the Boston Braves in 1942.
More evidence of the meaningfulness of pitcher victories: Kyle Gibson gave up six runs in six innings pitched, added half a run to his ERA (now 6.79), and evened his record at 4-4 after an 0-4 start to the season. It’s the first time Gibson has been break-even since he won his final start of 2015 to finish 11-11.