In what marked the deciding game and rubber match of the series with the Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twins just could not find their bats in Wednesday’s matinée loss. A solid start by Kevin Correia went wasted as the Twins failed to produce anything in the offensive category, dropping two out of three games to the division rival Royals.
Kansas City got to Correia early, hopping on the scoreboard in the second with two runs. Singles by Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson plated Raul Ibanez and Omar Infante for the Royals. Any ugly inning for Correia, he did a good job to limit the damage to only two. After an Eric Hosmer walk to load the bases, Correia got Billy Butler to go down swinging to end the potential big inning threat.
Correia turned in another quality start today going six innings for the Twins, while only giving up two runs. He walked two and struck out three on the afternoon. After six innings, Correia had thrown 108 pitches, 69 of which were strikes. The bad second inning cut short his day and he was relieved by Matt Guerrier.
Guerrier worked a strong 7th inning, and then gave way to Casey Fien in the 8th.
Although not a save situation, Ron Gardenhire went with Glen Perkins in the top of the 9th inning for the Twins. After striking out Dyson, Perkins gave up a one out double to Alcides Escobar, who came around to score as Hosmer lined a single to left in the next at bat.
The Twins bats definitely didn’t continue the hot hitting from last night, and Correia took the loss in today’s contest. Chris Parmelee continues to be a bright spot for the Twins, going 2-4 today and raising his season average to .287. The 4-6 hitters today (Kendrys Morales, Willingham, and Oswaldo Arcia) went a combined 0-9 with 3 strikeouts.
Minnesota will look to get back into the win column over the weekend and welcome the New York Yankees to town. With the 4th of July weekend and two back to back bobblehead days approaching, Target Field looks to be packed for the Bronx Bombers.