Carlos Correa sends stern message to Twins after 12-3 loss to Nationals

After losing a seventh straight game, something needs to change.
Minnesota Twins vs. Washington Nationals
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It wasn't that long ago that the Minnesota Twins were on a roll and seemingly turning their season around. That feels like a distant memory after the team dropped a seventh straight loss on Monday night.

Everything went wrong for the Twins, from poor defense to even worse offense as they got blasted by the Washington Nationals. Pablo Lopez got roughed up, allowing seven runs on eight hits including a two-run homer, Christian Vazquez made a costly throwing error, and the bats remained quiet for Minnesota in what ended up being a. 12-3 loss.

The lone bright spot was a Carlos Correa home run that attempted to get the offense going late in the game, but it ended up being a fruitless. Correa's efforts continued after the game, though, when he called the team out for playing as poorly as they have.

Carlos Correa calls out Twins after embarrassing 12-3 loss to Nationals

The Twins held a players-only meeting after the game and Carlos Correa had some pretty stern words for everyone.

"It's not fun to be in this spot," Correa said, speaking not just of the loss on Monday but the five game skid. "It's not where we want to be. It's not what we work or strive for. We've just got to be better. I think everybody here knows it."

The Twins went from winning 12-games in a row to getting outscored 45-12 over the last seven games. Minnesota hasn't collected a victory since May 12th in Toronto and it seems that all of the good vibes -- from the goofing around to the rally sausage -- are gone.

"It's easy to be fun guys, be around when things are going good, when everything you're hitting is falling and you're just winning games," Correa said. "When the tough times come, that's when you know who people are. It's important to talk things through."

Mitchell Parker dominated the Twins offense, doing so by throwing mostly off-speed pitches that Minnesota's hitters looked at like cavemen seeing fire for the first time. That's been an issue all season, as the Twins seem unable to see anything other than fastballs and have been dumbfounded whenever a pitcher mixes things up.

Correa's leadership has come through before, and this wouldn't be the first time he's rallied the troops this season. The question is whether or not his stern message will work; the Twins know what's wrong but the worrisome part of all this is their inability to fix it.

We've seen how well the Twins can play, but right now they look completely lost and like a shell of the team they were just a week ago.

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