There’s really not much to say about this one. The Twins’ Kyle Gibson was just about untouchable, and when the Tigers did threaten, they were unable to get the key hit to tie the game or take the lead. Miguel Cabrera, the best in the Majors with runners in scoring position, stranded five men on base, including a bases loaded situation. Gibson went seven innings, allowing five hits and walking two, while striking out three.
Drew Smyly was almost as good as Gibson; the only blemish on his record was a homerun to Eduardo Escobar in the third inning. After that, Smyly was lights out, at one point retiring twelve in a row. He went six innings, and gave up four hits, along with three walks and two strikeouts.
Al Aburquerque and Joba Chamberlain followed up with two scoreless, hitless innings of relief, before Joe Nathan came in to get some work in in the ninth. Nathan struggled, recording only two outs, and also walked in a run to push the Twins’ lead to 2-0. Nathan was pulled to a chorus of boos, and handed Phil Coke a bases loaded situation. Coke managed to get out of it, and send the game to the ninth. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were unable to cash in a two-out Nick Castellanos double, and took the loss.
This was just one of those games where the offense didn’t do much, and when they did threaten, they were unable to break through. Cabrera had the best chance in the fifth, with the bases loaded and one out, but grounded into the double play. The Tigers threatened again in the seventh, but Torii Hunter and Ian Kinsler both grounded out to end the inning. They didn’t threaten again, really, after that.
But here is a positive to glean from this game: Phil Coke has a 1.80 ERA in June!!!