Minnesota Twins Game Grades: Twins Collapse in 7th
Minnesota Twins blow lead and lose due to one awful inning
The Minnesota Twins are 10-28 after after yesterday’s loss. It’s hard to believe but things just keep finding ways to get worse. No lead ever seems safe and any fleeting moment of success seems due to come crashing down.
That was the form of yesterday’s game. Up until the 7th inning, the Twins were cruising along but then came the meltdown.
Phil Hughes got the start for Minnesota. He had been quite terrible in his past few starts but yesterday was a complete turn around for him.
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Phil pitched into the 7th and allowed one earned run. He induced weak contact all night and his defense came through for him. He was at only 75 pitches before he was removed from the game.
Later it became known that Hughes has been managing some shoulder pain and he was taken out early to mitigate the stress on the joint.
The offense didn’t give them much of a cushion but the bullpen once again let the team down in a big way. Michael Tonkin allowed 3 runs in just 0.1 innings and Trevor May also gave up 3 earned runs including two home runs. Tonkin was charged with the loss and the blown save.
Offensively, the Twins struck first and led until the 7th. The hit two home runs but didn’t have anyone on for either. As has become a theme for the entire year, the Twins had an o-fer in the runners in scoring position department.
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The Twins will play the 3rd game of their set against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park tomorrow. First pitch is at 12:10 PM CT. Ricky Nolasco will make the start for the Minnesota Twins.