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Normally here at SethSpeaks.net, I am able to post things every day, but last night, I was exhausted, so I went to bed a little after 9:00 p.m. I know nobody really cares about that, but for me, it was likely three to four hours earlier than normal. And although many of you tell me that it is OK for me to occasionally take a day off, I happen to think that the performance of Kyle Gibson yesterday afternoon warrants mention, so although this may not be a real long posting, it is something.
April has been a struggle for most of the Twins minor league affiliates. That is true in Ft. Myers as well, but the final April start for Kyle Gibson has to be the team’s highlight. Morning games are fairly unusual, but that is exactly what the Miracle were up against. So, on a high level, the Gibson outing looks very impressive. Nine innings. Zero runs. One hit. One walk. Six Strikeouts.
A complete game shutout at any level is impressive, but a few more things:
- Gibson was perfect through five innings.
- The one hit, was an infield hit. The Isaac Galloway single was a grounder back to Gibson that tipped off of his glove. Nick Romero made an attempt to bare-hand the ball, but the hitter was safe.
- How did Gibson respond? He picked Galloway off of 1B.
- He then walked the next hitter, but he induced a ground ball double play to end the 6th inning.
- That was it for base runners, meaning that he faced just 27 batters, the minimum number possible. It was the first time in his life he has done that.
- Speaking of ground balls, Gibson recorded 16 ground balls in the game.
- Two of his four ‘fly-outs’ were actually liners to infielders.
In other words, Gibson pitched a pretty incredible game. Did I mention that he also got a Win as the Miracle beat Jupiter 2-0. Nick Romero was 3-4. Evan Bigley went 2-3 with a walk. And Gibson’s catcher on the day was Dan Rohlfing. Rohlfing went 1-2 with a walk and a double as well as helping Gibson to such a strong pitching effort.
Rohlfing later told me, “Gibson was absolutely dealing. He threw all his pitches with good command and was hitting his spots. It was a real fun game to catch. The hitters had no idea what was coming all game.”
Other Minor Notes
New Britain and Beloit each had scheduled days off on Thursday. Rochester lost 5-3 to Lehigh Valley. Glen Perkins had his best start of the year. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on nine hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out six. Kyle Waldrop gave up one run on one hit in an inning. He struck out two. Tim Lahey and Anthony Slama each pitched a scoreless inning. Dustin Martin went 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Jason Repko and Trevor Plouffe each went 2-4 with a double. Matt Tolbert went 2-5 with a double.
The Twins start a three game series in Cleveland. Joe Christensen reported yesterday that Nick Blackburn was leaving the team for a bit for family reasons and missing a start. Obviously we hope that everything is alright with him and his family. Any questions? Leave your comments here.