Minnesota Twins post game: Twins meltdown leads to sweep
By Tyler Kruse
The Minnesota Twins continue to push the front office closer to action with their latest late-inning meltdown against the New York Mets in a 14-4 loss.
With a 3-2 lead heading into the top of the 7th inning, the Minnesota Twins bullpen squandered yet another lead late in the game. Trevor May continued his most recent string of struggles by giving up a 3-run homer to pinch-hitter Dominic Smith. Though this would ultimately be the Twins downfall, Eddie Rosario ensured the game was well out of reach with a massive error that led to 6 more runs. Fair warning, there’s a lot more not-so-good than good.
Twin Takeaway – The good
There wasn’t much that went well for the Twins besides the starting pitchers day. Martin Perez would get the start for the Minnesota Twins today and pitched extremely well. In his first start post-All-Star break, Perez looked sharp by only allowing 2 runs with 1 of them earned on 5 hits while securing 4 strikeouts.
Twin Takeaway – The not-so-good
The bullpen struggled mightily in today’s contest by not only blowing the lead but ensuring the Twins had no chance in coming back. May would continue to hang breaking balls and miss with pitches that led to the 3-run bomb given up in the top of the 7th. With the Twins down by 2, Baldelli brought in Matt Magill to try his hand at keeping the game close.
While Magill gave up 6 runs, it’s hard to blame him considering they should have been out of the inning well before that. In the top of the 8th, left fielder Eddie Rosario trotted back to field a routine fly ball on the warning track only to watch it pop out of his glove. Though I can’t say I’m surprised, because every time Eddie fields the ball, it’s a perfect example of how not to field it. Kids watching at home, watch Eddie at the plate and on the basepaths, not in the field.
The disaster continued as position player and utility-man Ehire Adrianza was called in to pitch the top of the 9th. He gave up a bunch of runs and well, that’s essentially how this one ended. The Twins must get back on track because, after tonight, they could be only 4 games up on the Cleveland Indians.
Hopefully they can turn things around as Oakland visits Target Field for a 4-game set starting tomorrow. Fans yearning for a trade to make our bullpen look respectable, you’re not alone.