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Rare slip for Gibson fells Twins in Windy City

Forsythe delivers another multi-hit effort in defeat
August 22, 2018

CHICAGO -- John Forsythe appears to be meshing with his new team.Acquired in the trade that sent James Dozier to the Dodgers, Forsythe produced again Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field, going 3-for-5 in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox. Forsythe has now gone 26-for-69 in his 19 games with

CHICAGO -- John Forsythe appears to be meshing with his new team.
Acquired in the trade that sent James Dozier to the Dodgers, Forsythe produced again Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field, going 3-for-5 in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox. Forsythe has now gone 26-for-69 in his 19 games with the Twins, good for a .377/.434/.435 slash line.
Though Minnesota has seen a recent power surge, having entered Tuesday's contest against the White Sox with 15 homers over its previous five games, Forsythe has yet to hit a home run for his new team. But that hasn't seemed to matter to a Minnesota club that has gone 11-9 since Forsythe joined.

"Today's game, the power and strikeout combination that seems to be prevalent across the board, but every team, every manager, every lineup can use guys that can take good at-bats and get you two-out hits, and fight with two strikes, that type of thing," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He's done a nice job of that so far."
Kyle Gibson pitched Wednesday and started well, giving up just two solo homers in his first four innings. He ran into trouble in the fifth, however, issuing a leadoff walk and serving up a two-run homer immediately after to Adam Engel.

"Probably shook [Mitch Garver] off way too much today," Gibson said. "He did a good job of calling a great game and I felt like most of the time I was shaking. Just making it too complicated. It's unfortunate when you feel like you executed a pitch and it just shows you went in there one too many times."
"He fought himself in terms of command and maybe overthinking a few pitches," Molitor said. "Had some guys he got ahead of, but he couldn't finish. [Tim] Anderson was cheating on one inside and he got it. ... Engel, that was the one I'm sure he'd like to have back because I think he had him set up for something toward the dirt."
Gibson ended the afternoon having allowed a season-high seven runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings.
The three home runs Gibson yielded were the most he has allowed in any start this season. Nicky Delmonico and Anderson hit solo homers in addition to Engel's 2-run long ball. Gibson said his overthinking might have contributed to the home runs.

"Days like today when you think a little bit too much, and try to do too much, you kind of lose focus of that premise of just going out and executing pitches," Gibson said. "We had a chance to get out of a couple of those innings if I would have made a couple pitches.
"I don't know if I felt that inconsistent. Just release point, delivery, pitch quality … I'd say my command wasn't there, but I'd need to start with my control."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Another fun rundown: One night after participating on both ends of several rundowns, the Twins found themselves on the defensive end again Wednesday. In the sixth inning with runners on first and third and no outs, White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia hit a sharp ground ball to Miguel Sano at third. Yolmer Sanchez strayed a bit too far off the base and got into a rundown between third and home.
But after Sanchez made it back to third safely, Yoan Moncada, who started at first, was also standing at third base. The Twins had the opportunity to tag out Moncada, but made no play and Moncada retreated safely to second. Garcia, who had tried to advance to second behind Moncada, also got caught in between bases, but made it safely back to first base with the Twins holding the ball.

"He made the right play, given the score, to try to cut the run off," Molitor said. "Double play, possibly, I didn't want to give up the point there. Just didn't handle the rundown as cleanly as we should. We get the guy going back to third, potential two runners occupying the base. But when they release, you still got to find a way to get an out, and we held on to the ball."
The Twins got out of the inning unscathed after Daniel Palka grounded into a home-to-first double play and Tim Anderson struck out swinging.
SOUND SMART
Joe Mauer did not play Wednesday, but he is one hit shy of tying Rod Carew for second all-time in Twins history since moving to Minnesota in 1961. Mauer owns 2,084 career hits, with Carew sitting at 2,085. Kirby Puckett holds the franchise record with 2,304.
UP NEXT
The Twins head home for a four-game series with Oakland on Thursday starting at 7:10 p.m. CT and will send rookie Kohl Stewart (0-1, 7.71 ERA) to the mound. Stewart will be making his third career start, having gone his last two against Detroit allowing six runs in seven combined innings. Trevor Cahill (5-2, 3.12) goes for the A's.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.