Minnesota Twins: Chopped Down by the Braves


Unlike the 1991 World Series, the pair of home games the Minnesota Twins had against the Atlanta Braves did not go their way.

In a short two-game series with the Braves, the Minnesota Twins pitching and hitting could not get in sync as one would perform when the other one wasn’t allowing the Braves to win both games.

On Tuesday, Ervin Santana pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

It wasn’t enough, however as he was the tough-luck loser, 2-0.

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On the next night Tyler Duffey continued to struggle, going just 1 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and five runs.

Duffey’s ERA on the season is now 6.12 and the possibility of bringing Jose Berrios back to the bigs is looking more and more appetizing.

The Twins fought back valiantly with a home run off the bat of Kurt Suzuki highlighting the night, however they still were on the wrong side of a 9-7 loss.

Final. 2. 17. 0. 2

2. Final. 9. 17. 7

<p><strong>Ervin Santana:</strong> 9 IP, 7 Hits, 0 Walks, 5 Strikeouts, 2 Earned Runs</p><p><strong>Tyler Duffey:</strong> 1 1/3 IP, 8 Hits, 1 Walk, 0 Strikeouts, 5 Earned Runs</p><p>It was definitely a tale of two different games as Santana looked in control on Tuesday while Duffey looked lost.</p><p>With the recent news of Rob Antony saying there is no pressure and no real desire to move Santana at the deadline; it’s a positive sight to see the righty continuing to perform well.</p><p>Regardless of it the news of the team’s reluctance to move Santana is a ploy or not, if he continues to pitch like this, it will be increasingly difficult to decide whether to move him or not.</p><p>His past few starts have just been brilliant and unfortunately he did not receive the type of run support one would expect after going the distance and allowing just two runs.</p><p>Duffey on the other hand needs to start gaining confidence otherwise he might find himself sent back to Rochester.</p><p>After such a promising 2015 season, it’s been disappointing to see his struggles during Spring Training translate into an equally rough regular season for the Minnesota Twins. </p>. . Ervin Santana. STARTING PITCHING . B-

Kurt Suzuki. OFFENSE . B. <p><strong>Game One</strong>: L, 2-0 5 Hits, 3 Walks, 8 Strikeouts, 1 Double</p><p><strong>Game Two</strong>: L, 9-7, 13 Hits, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts, 1 Home Run, 3 Doubles</p><p>Kurt Suzuki had a strong pair of games going 1-for-3 in Game One with a double and 2-for-4 in Game Two with a homer. Suzuki’s been a steady offensive force this season is looking more reminiscent to his 2014 form when he hit .288.</p><p>In fact, 2016 has been even better as he has already exceeded his home run total and is hitting .292 so far.</p><p>With a plethora of trade rumors surrounding Suzuki, it should be interesting to see how the Minnesota Twins approach his situation.</p><p>He is in a contract year and many view him as a potential consolation prize to any team attempting to trade for Johnathan Lucroy.</p><p>The rest of the offense did most of their work during Wednesday’s slugfest with <a href=.

. Trevor May. BULLPEN . D. <p><strong>Game One</strong>: No Appearance</p><p><strong>Game Two</strong>: 7 2/3 IP, 8 Hits, 4 Runs, 2 Walks, 1 Strikeout</p><p>When you look at the number between the two games, it doesn’t look terrible.</p><p>When you realize these numbers came from just the one game, it doesn’t look great.</p><p>Duffey’s start was short and the bullpen struggled to contain the Braves with four runs allowed the rest of the way on eight hits.</p><p><a href=

Upcoming Schedule

The Minnesota Twins will face off with the Baltimore Orioles in a makeup game from a previous rain out.

Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.67) will take the mound against Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77).

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We’ll just have to wait and see how Gibson responds after easily his best start of the season where he went eight strong innings against the powerful Boston Red Sox, leading the Minnesota Twins to victory.