American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota|
(Saturday, June 29th)
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Kansas City 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kyle Gibson probably couldn't have imagined
a better way for his major league debut to unfold.
Staked to a sizeable lead early, the 25-year-old right-hander tossed six solid
innings as the Minnesota Twins posted a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City
Royals at Target Field.
Gibson (1-0), taken by the Twins in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2009
First-Year Player Draft, watched his teammates put up a five-spot in the first
inning against Kansas City's Wade Davis.
"It was an amazing day, really," Gibson said. "I was really nervous the last
couple days leading up to it and was able to calm my nerves somehow."
Davis (4-6) was shaky from the outset, issuing consecutive one-out walks
before a double by Justin Morneau brought both runners home. Trevor Plouffe
followed with a homer to left-center field, and Pedro Florimon added a run-
scoring single with two outs off Davis, who needed 53 pitches to complete the
"Just off. No release point at all," Davis admitted. "I was trying to throw it
down the middle of the plate and it was running off. Just one that I'm going
to forget, real quick."
Davis returned to the mound for the second, but was removed after Minnesota
loaded the bases with no outs. Command again was a problem for the righty as
Joe Mauer and Morneau each walked after Brian Dozier singled to begin the
Will Smith escaped the bases-loaded jam with only minimal damage, getting
Oswaldo Arcia to ground into an inning-ending double play after a Plouffe
Smith did a tremendous job silencing the Twins over five innings of relief and
giving the Royals an opportunity to chip away at the deficit. A comeback was
not in the cards, however.
Kansas City did get to Gibson for two third-inning runs. Four of the eight
hits the Royals mustered against the rookie came in the frame, with Alcides
Escobar and Salvador Perez each collecting an RBI.
The Royals threatened to further close the gap, loading the bases with one out
in the eighth, but Casey Fien fanned Lorenzo Cain and Miguel Tejada to thwart
Gibson, who had five strikeouts and no walks, was 7-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 15
starts at Triple-A Rochester ... Davis had not allowed an earned run in two
previous starts this season against the Twins. He suffered his first loss in
nine career games versus Minnesota ... The Twins had been outscored in the
first inning this year by a 74-39 margin ... Plouffe extended his hitting
streak to 11 games ... Kansas City finished 3-for-12 with runners in scoring
position ... The Royals designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment
following the game and recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A
06/30 01:54:05 ET