There really isn’t too much positivity from yesterday’s matinee massacre. 18-5 was the final, and you may be surprised to know that the score was actually just 7-5 as late as the bottom of the 7th. But a total of 12 runs scored on the Twins’ bullpen will put that game out of hand in a hurry.
Boof Bonser? 1 and 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 4 runs
Craig Breslow? 1/3 inning, 1 hit and 1 walk, 2 runs
Brian Bass? 1 and 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 5 runs
Dennys Reyes, who was actually brought in to face a right-handed batter? 1/3 inning, 1 hit, 1 run
Granted, Breslow inherited two runners from Bonser with one of them scoring (and that run gets charged to Boof), Bass inherited the bases full from Breslow with all three of those runners scoring (the first runs scored that have been credited to Breslow since his joining the Twins), and the only runner that Reyes inherited scored as well. It was just a sloppy game that kept getting sloppier.
Justin Morneau helped the team get an early lead with a 2-run homer in the first.
Jason Kubel also had a solo homer, matching Justin with 13 on the year. But Kubel’s run that he gave the team with his offense was outmatched by the 2+ runs that scored because of two of his missed catches.
In hindsight, a couple of runs wouldn’t have mattered, but at the time it seemed like his fielding blunders (Bert Blyleven insisted multiple times that it was the sun’s fault) could cost the Twins the game.
While 5 of Minnesota’s 14 base hits were extra-base hits, an astounding 10 of Boston’s 23 hits went for extra bases.
And it’s not that Minnesota didn’t have chances; if my memory serves me correctly, I believe there were two different instances (I know there was one for sure) where we had the bases loaded with 1 out and failed to get anybody in.
In summation, this series sucked. Pretty much every game was winnable, with the Twins having a lead of some sort in the most recent two games.
The team now travels to Detroit for a 4-game series before the All-Star Break. Today’s game starts at 12:05 (again) but will not be televised. Instead, catch the Twins Squeeze Play on FSN at 7, where you see just one pitch per at-bat.