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07.09.2019 03:14
Bobby Wilson helped Kyle Gibson turn around his pitching Antworten

Then , for at least one afternoon, the veteran catcher fixed his own struggles at the plate.

Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Gibson recovered from a shaky first to throw seven innings, and the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.

Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to help send the Twins to their third win in a row.

”You take them any way you can get them,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ”We haven’t had the luxury of any kind of run here as of late, so to start out the home stand with three, it feels pretty good.”

The Twins didn’t bring in Wilson for his offense – his two-hit day raised his batting average to .134 – so they’re not expecting him to deliver game-turning hits on a regular basis. But that’s exactly what he did with an RBI single in the fifth that made it 3-2, and a two-RBI double the next inning that proved the game-winner.

It was Wilson’s first multi-hit game since Sept. 21, 2016.

”I feel like I’ve been doing everything I can defensively but it’s time to start turning that corner and start contributing offensively as well,” Wilson said.

Earlier in the day, the team needed Wilson’s smarts behind the plate to recover from an early hole.

Gibson (3-6) allowed three runs in the first inning – including a two-run homer by Chris Davis – but only gave up two hits after that while striking out nine. It was Gibson’s highest strikeout total since fanning 10 batters on April 26 against the New York Yankees.

”After the first inning we sat down and I said `Gibby talk to me, what do we got to do? What’s going to turn this around?’ So we talked about a few things and we kind of stuck with that game plan for the rest of the game,” Wilson said.

Kepler’s solo shot off Kevin Gausman sparked a three-run fifth that tied it. Wilson’s two-run double off Miguel Castro (2-5) in the sixth gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless eighth for the Twins. Jace Peterson’s RBI double off Fernando Rodney pulled the Orioles to 5-4, but Rodney got Tim Beckham on a grounder to short to convert his 19th save in 24 chances.


The team with baseball’s worst record, meanwhile, lost its fifth in the row and fell 40 games below .500.

”It’s kind of hard to believe that’s where we’re at right now,” Davis said. ”I feel like anytime we start to build some momentum Drew Sample Jersey , we either give it right back to the other team or we do something to kind of take ourselves out of the game.”

That certainly seemed the case Saturday.

Coming off his best start of the season against the L.A. Angels, Gausman had a 3-0 lead before ever taking the mound and looked sharp early. Gausman faced the minimum number of batters through the first three innings, and allowed a single hit through the first four.

But things turned quickly in the fifth. With one out, Kepler homered to left-center, Robbie Grossman doubled, and Jake Cave and Wilson followed with singles. After Joe Mauer walked, Cave scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

”I don’t think I really got away from anything. They just did a good job of battling and put some long at-bats together, and fought some pitches off and really got my pitch count off.”

Gausman, who held the Angels to one run and two hits without a walk in eight innings last Sunday, didn’t return for the sixth.


The Orioles loaded the bases in the third with two outs, but Gibson struck out Danny Valencia swinging to end the threat. After that, Gibson allowed a leadoff double to Jonathan Schoop before retiring 10 in a row.

”We scored three in the first and then just didn’t do anything,” manager Buck Showalter said. We had a chance to open it up there, but that’s the hit that’s been eluding us to really get to that five or six-run lead.”


Orioles: OF Trey Mancini got a rare day off, but manager Buck Showalter said he was fine. The manager said it was more about getting Peterson a chance to play. Peterson went 1-for-3 on Saturday.


Davis’ strikeout against Hildenberger in the eighth was the 1,306th of his career, moving him past Cal Ripken , Jr. for Baltimore’s franchise record.

”You play long enough, you’re going to swing and miss enough to apparently set some records. There’s not really much to say about that,” Davis said.


Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-10) takes the mound for Baltimore in the finale. He hasn’t won since June 5 against the New York Mets.

Twins: Jake Odorizzi (3-6) makes his 19th start of the year as the Twins go for the sweep. His last outing against Baltimore was March 29, when he shut out the Orioles over six innings on two hits and two walks.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Things definitely didn’t go the way Pat Shurmur wanted in his first season as New York Giants coach.The Giants (5-11) finished last in the NFC East for the second straight year. They missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons and were among the NFL’s worst teams despite a spectacular rookie season from running back and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley.The bottom line is there are lots of problems to be fixed and major personnel issues to be resolved.For general manager Dave Gettleman, it starts with what to do with two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, linebacker Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, who finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that required surgery.Manning, Vernon and Jenkins all might be salary-cap casualties. Collins is at the end of his rookie contract and might be hit with the franchise tag.The soon-to-be 38-year-old Manning, who has a $23 million cap value, is the biggest decision. The veteran quarterbackfinished his 15th season and had his ups and downs, in large part because of his lack of mobility and inconsistent play by an offensive line that remains a work in progress.There is no one waiting in the wings to replace him, and the quarterback class in the draft is not nearly as good as last season’s.The Giants, who have the No. 6 pick overall in April’s draft, also have a greater need for a pass rusher or an offensive lineman.After a 1-7 start, New York showed flashes after its bye week. It won four of five Ryan Finley Jersey , including a win over NFC North champion Chicago. The season ended with a three-game losing streak, the final two games each decided by point.It’s no wonder players packing their belongings in the locker room Monday showed the optimism of a team reporting to training camp.“I believe that we’re very close, and to be completely honest, I think what we have here is special,” said Barkley, who finished second in the league in rushing with 1,307 yards, and No. 1 in yards from scrimmage with 2,028 —only the third rookie in league history to crack the 2,000-yard plateau.“I wasn’t here the year before, but we’re not the team that we were when we went 3-13,” Barkley added. “Obviously, we went 5-11 and that’s not the record that we would like, but we’re close. We’re really close, and I believe that’s going to show next year if we continue to believe in each other, continue to work and continue to grind and have that dog mentality that we showed this year.”Shurmur and Gettleman did a solid job of turning over last year’s roster. There were fewer than 15 players from the 2017 team on the roster at the end of the season.The offense has playmakers with Barkley, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard , and tight end Evan Engram, who rediscovered his game late after an early-season injury.James Bettcher’s new 3-4 defense played hard but it failed too many times to hold leads. New York lost eight of its 11 games by seven points or less.The biggest surprise was special teams. Aldrick Rosas, who struggled as a rookie, is going to the Pro Bowl after making 32 of 33 field goals, including a team-record 57-yarder.“We didn’t win enough games,” Shurmur said. “What we did well is we took a young team and a new team and a new staff and we competed, and we had some good victories. But we’ve got to do a better job of winning those close games. We’ve either got to get a stop or get a score, and that’s where we need to get better.”Center Spencer Pulley will be a restricted free agent. He wouldn’t mind coming back; this team reminds him of the one he played on last season with the Chargers. They went from 5-11 to 9-7 and just missed the playoffs. Los Angeles went 12-4 this season and got a wild-card berth despite tying Kansas City for the top record in the AFC.“This is probably the most excited I have been at the end of a season, to come back and be back into the thing,” Pulley said. “I can look at the Chargers team I was on last year and things started getting a little better at the end of the year. I look at them now and they are doing pretty well. I don’t want to say I see even more here, but I see a lot of the same things. There are some many young players here and veterans, I can see special things happening.”Next year will tell.

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