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  • July 10, 2019
    Kyle Gibson held the South Siders to one run over six innings
    to cap off a great year."This game saw twelve straight half-innings of scoreless
    baseball when the score was already
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    , which should inform you well enough how uneventful
    tonight’s contest was. Still, it was a decisive victory for the Twins, who came
    away with an 8-3 victory, and gave starter Kyle Gibson a strong note to end his
    year on.After a lengthy first inning where a single from Omar Narvaez and a
    double from Jake Cave brought home three combined runs, the Twins knocked Carlos
    Rodon out of the game with a busy second inning. Johnny Field led off with a
    double, Chris Gimenez walked, and Joe Mauer singled in a run to make it 3-1
    Twins.Jorge Polanco singled in another run, then Willians Astudillo doubled home
    another. After walking Robbie Grossman to load the bases, Jeanmar Gomez entered
    in relief. He didn’t fare much better, walking Tyler Austin to force home
    another run.Jake Cave brought home another tally with a sacrifice fly
    (strikingly, the first out of the inning), and the frame ended shortly
    thereafter ,
    but not before Johnny Field singled in a run with his second hit of the
    inning.From that point on, the game progressed quietly. As mentioned, Gibson
    threw six strong innings, striking out seven hitters, and allowing just three
    hits. Trevor Hildenberger and Gabriel Moya pitched scoreless innings.On
    Chicago’s side of the ball, Jeanmar Gomez threw three frames without being
    charged for a run, and the quintessential duo of Aaron Bummer and Thyago Vieira
    tossed a pair of shutout innings each.Things wouldn’t heat up again until Matt
    Belisle gave up two runs in the ninth, but it was more of a light simmer than
    anything else, so don’t hold your breath.Tomorrow afternoon, the year comes to a
    close! Hope to see everyone there.StudsP Kyle Gibson (7 IP, 3 H, 1
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    , 3 BB, 7 K)DH Joe Mauer (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB)SS Jorge
    Polanco (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI)CF Jake Cave (1-for-4, 3 RBI)LF Johnny Field
    (2-for-4, R, RBI)Duds:NO DUDS! TWINS WIN! TWINS WIN!Robot Roll Call:#Commenter#
    Comments PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jon Lester wasn’t overly excited about winning for
    the first time in just over a month.However, Cubs manager Joe Maddon couldn’t
    have been happier with his performance.Lester pitched six innings and Ian Happ
    homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Thursday
    night.Lester (13-5) allowed five hits, struck out eight and had no walks while
    improving to 3-1 against the Pirates this season. His previous victory came July
    15 at San Diego and he had gone 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA in five starts since the
    All-Star break.“This isn’t going to be like we figured out everything and I’m
    going to throw six scoreless (innings) every time I step out
    there ,”
    Lester said. “It’s a step in the right direction, though.”Maddon was glad to
    have his ace find his form.“He’s a world-class kind of athlete and they want to
    be that way all the time,” Maddon said. “When you get away from it, it’s
    disturbing and you’re always looking for answers. I know he’ll rest better and
    this is absolutely a game to build off because he executed well. Everything was
    there tonight.”Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop each pitched one
    inning to complete the six-hitter. Strop hit David Freese with a pitch with two
    outs in the ninth but converted his 10th save in 13 opportunities.Happ connected
    with one out in the fourth inning off Ivan Nova (7-7) for his 13th home run, a
    drive deep into the right-center seats that was the game’s only extra-base hit.
    There was a fair share of cheers while Happ rounded the bases as he is from
    suburban Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania.“It’s always good to come here and see my
    high school coach sitting in the fourth row behind the dugout,” Happ
    said.Chicago (70-50) increased its lead in the NL Central to 3½ games over idle
    Milwaukee while moving a season-high 20 games over .500. Pittsburgh (61-61) lost
    its fourth straight to fall to .500.Nova took his first loss since July 3
    despite giving up only one run in 6 2/3 innings. The Pirates had won five of his
    six previous starts and he was 3-0 in that span.“Every time you lose a game,
    it’s tough,” Nova said. “But having a game like this and the position we are in,
    we need to win, we need to get
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    , especially against a team that’s ahead of us.”The Pirates’
    best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning when Josh Harrison and Adeiny
    Hechavarria hit consecutive two-out singles. Lester then struck out Nova, an
    .044 career hitter.The Cubs had runners in scoring position in the third and
    seventh innings but failed to convert.Chicago’s Jason Heyward had two
    hits.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis/right shoulder
    impingement) will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with a minor league team to be
    determined. Signed to a $126-million, six-year contract as a free agent in
    February, Darvish last pitched for the Cubs on May 20 and is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA
    in eight starts.Pirates: SS Jordy Mercer (strained left calf) was placed on the
    10-day disabled list after being injured Wednesday during a loss at Minnesota.
    Hechavarria started in his place and went 2 for 2. … RHP Nick Burdi (Tommy John
    elbow surgery) had his rehab transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis from Double-A
    Altoona on Tuesday and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning against
    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.HELLO, NEWMANShortstop Kevin Newman, the Pirates’
    first-round draft pick in 2015, made his major league debut when he entered on
    defense in the ninth inning after Hechavarria was removed for a pinch-hitter.The
    Pirates purchased Newman’s contract from Indianapolis before the game and
    recalled OF Jordan Luplow from the same club while catcher Jacob Stallings was
    optioned there. Right-hander Casey Sadler was designated for assignment to open
    a 40-man roster spot for Newman.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.22 ERA)
    makes his fourth start Friday night since being acquired from Texas in a trade.
    He is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA for the Cubs.Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (10-8, 3.66)
    has been the starter in seven of Pittsburgh’s 13 shutouts this season.