Twins Fall and Pino Gets Hit Hard


The Minnesota Twins looked to get back into the win column in game two of their series with the Los Angeles Angels.  Coming off a loss on Monday night, a matchup between Angels stud Garrett Richards and Twins Yohan Pino, looked like a tall order.  The Twins got behind early and it proved to be too much to come back from.

Minnesota broke open the scoring early with a second inning home run from Oswaldo Arcia.  Arcia lined up a pitch and deposited it 416 feet over the right center field wall.  The lead however wouldn’t last.

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Pino looked very much the minor league depth type player that he projects to be, and he really failed to get anything going.  Being up around 60 pitches only an out into the second inning was only going to be a recipe for disaster.

After base hits by Erick Aybar and C.J. Cron, the Angels watched their first run cross the plate thanks to a sacrifice fly by Grant GreenKole Calhoun doubled before the third was over driving in both Cron and Chris Iannetta giving the Angels a 301 lead.

In the bottom of the third, the Angels got to Pino again.  Aybar drove in Albert Pujols on a sacrifice fly and a Howie Kendrick single scored Josh Hamilton from third.

Pino was replaced after just 3 innings with a line reading to the tune of 7 hits, 5 runs, all being earned, and having thrown 74 pitches.  With an ERA resting north of 6.00, it looks like the carriage may have turned back into a pumpkin and the feel good story is all but over.

With Richards running into some trouble in the 8th inning for the Angels, he was relieved by Kevin Jepsen.  The Twins took advantage of some base runners and Kendrys Morales singled to center scoring Joe Mauer.  Unfortunately, the one run was all the Twins could muster, and they faced a 5-2 deficit heading into the bottom of the 8th.

For good measure, Cron drove in Aybar with a single in the bottom of the 8th off Twins reliever Jared Burton, to give the Angels a four run advantage.  The Twins couldn’t get anything going in the 9th and went down in order.

On the heels of a 6-2 loss, the Twins will look to grab one game from the series, in the finale, this afternoon at 2:35pm central.  Ricky Nolasco will oppose Jered Weaver for the pitching matchup.