MINNEAPLIS, MN--- The Guardians lost a big matchup with the first place Twins Thursday night, losing 7-6 allowing the Twins to come back from a 3 run deficit. We would see young pitcher Tanner Biebee make his first career start against the Twins where he'd go 5 innings, he'd give up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6.
The Twins would see 3 players leave due to injury throughout the game, Byron Buxton with sore ribs after being hit with a pitch early on , Carlos Correa with Planter Fasciitis, and Max Kepler, who had his impact on the game with an RBI single, left with a migraine. The Guards had the upper hand early, with Will Brennan hitting an RBI single bringing home Andres Gimenez in the 2nd inning. Leave it to Guardian killer Max Kepler, who has 22 career home runs against the Guardians/Indians to tie the game with an RBI single in the 4th. The Twins would then tie the game again in the 5th with a Michael A. Taylor solo home run and an RBI single from Alex Kirilloff, bringing home Christian Vazquez who doubled, then in the 6th, it was the Guardians' turn to have a big inning of their own.
Cleveland would explode for 5 runs in the 6th with those runs coming from a Jose Ramirez single, a 2 out single from Josh Bell, a groundout from Andres Gimenez, and a 2 out 2 run single from catcher Mike Zunino. Again in the 8th, the Twins battled back to tie the game for the 3rd time with a Donovan Solano RBI double, and 2 run home run from Royce Lewis. The Twins then managed to load the bases in the 9th, with Willi Castro hitting a SAC fly to Will Brennan, who's throw trying to get out runner Ryan Jeffers hit the mound, ball game.
The 2nd game of the series will have the 2nd different start time, a 8:10 first pitch, with the 3rd game having the 3rd different start time with a 7:15 first pitch Saturday evening. but Friday night, the Guardians will send Aaron Civale to the mound.