A couple of extras from another disappointing day for the Twins:
A message board at the entrance to the Twins’ clubhouse had an optimistic message on Sunday.
“New dawn, new day, new month. Let’s go!” it read.
Nice sentiment. As it turns out, May Day was more mayday for the Twins.
The Twins’ 6-5 loss on Sunday, a game full of missed chances and squandered opportunities, was one of the more painful losses thus far. And now the Twins go on the road, where they’re losing at a historic rate.
Minnesota is 1-10 on the road, its worst start in franchise history, and the worst by any American League team since Kansas City opened the 2006 season 0-12 away from home. Making matters worse: Now the Twins head to Houston, where they face Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel — who is 17-0 at home since August 2014 — on Monday.
The new month hasn’t changed Joe Mauer. Already off to one of the best starts of his career, Mauer collected two singles and a double on Sunday, and the double fell about 2 inches short of being a home run. Its bounce off the top of the padding in left field was so close, the umpires checked it on video to make certain it hadn’t gone out.
The two singles give Mauer 22 on the season, just one short of Ian Kinsler’s 23 for the AL lead. And Mauer now has reached base 51 times, six ahead of Houston’s Jose Altuve for the AL lead. One big difference: each of the top five leaders in reaching base has scored at least 17 runs this season. Mauer, surrounded by an anemic Twins offense, reached 10 runs scored on Sunday.
How anemic is that offense? The Twins’ 80 runs score in April were their fewest since 1981 (not counting the strike-delayed 1995 season), and their 3.3 runs-per-game average is the fourth-worst in franchise history.
As the game ended, Molitor was out on the field conferring with the umpires about Miguel Sano’s ball into the corner, which turned into a double — and the final out. Nothing controversial, the manager said — he just can’t see the corner from the dugout.
“I just wanted to make sure the ball came back out on the field cleanly without hitting a part of the field that was out of play,” he said.