The team scored six runs in the first four innings, knocking Seattle’s starter out of the game after he pitched just 3+. Glen Perkins had a shutout through five innings. Things are looking good, right? Yeah, they looked good at that point. A half hour later the Twins watched as the Mariners put up 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, with something like 13 batters coming to the plate. The Twins needed three relief pitchers to record three outs, and honestly I think Brian Bass pretty much sealed the loss. Well, technically he did get the loss but he threw 9 pitches, allowed two hits and two runs; the tying and go-ahead. Craig Breslow relieved him, getting the second out of the inning on a pop up, but Craig threw ten pitches and only three of them went for strikes. The batter that he walked would eventually score when Matt Guerrier came in to pitch. In fact, Guerrier inherited a runner from Bass to that would score. But it didn’t end there. Our “best” reliever, with Pat Neshek out (please come back, Pat! We need you now more than ever), gave up three hits, two walks, and allowed three of his own runs to score.
It was literally the worst inning of baseball, ever.
I have to say though, I’m surprised all the runs were earned; Denard Span fielding what would become a two-run single and came up firing towards home plate. The ball was close to catcher Joe Mauer but it was just out of his reach, heading towards the backstop. Had the throw been on-target, it appeared that the runner would’ve been tagged out by quite a bit and that would’ve ended the inning.
Brendan Harris also got an error, throwing a one-hopper to Justin Morneau who couldn’t dig it up. The ball skipped past him to the fence, allowing two runs to score.
It’s sickening how lackluster the offense was after the fourth inning. They tallied four hits and four walks against the second pitcher that Seattle put out there, but received nothing to show for it. Then they didn’t even get a baserunner in the final three innings, when they needed runs the most.
Things were bad for the team as a whole, too. Mauer allowed two past balls (he had just one all season coming into the game), the aforementioned two errors, Morneau got thrown out at home plate, and Nick Punto hit a home run.
Wait, that last one wasn’t bad for the team, it’s just funny because he’s probably the smallest guy on the team.
The real killer is that the White Sox didn’t play yesterday, so the Twins could’ve gained another .5 game. Instead, we’re tied atop the AL Central standings.
Scott Baker looks to get the team back on track tonight, and it’ll be another late game, unfortunately.