Postgame: Twins putting runners on, then leaving them
- Blog Post by: Phil Miller
- May 4, 2013 - 6:23 PM
A couple of notes after the Twins fell to 12-14, fourth place in the A.L. Central:
The Twins put runners in scoring position in six different innings on Saturday, compared to just four innings for the Indians. Yet Cleveland put up seven runs, to just three for the Twins.
The difference? Cleveland was 5-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The Twins were 2-for-12.
That follows their 2-for-11 performance in Friday's series opener, which explains why they are 0-2 in Progressive Field, and 1-4 on this road trip.
"They're doing everything they can. We've just got to get them to fall," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "When [pitchers] make a mistake, you've got to hit it. Right now, they're fouling them back or just missing."
Even after allowing four runs in his first two innings, Kevin Correia expected to go six innings. It looked like he would make it, too, with 75 pitches through four innings. But a friend of his helped knock him out.
Mark Reynolds, a golfing buddy of Correia's when they're both in Arizona, managed a 10-pitch at-bat by fouling off five pitches, and when he slapped a two-out single up the middle, it meant Correia had to throw even more. The righthander threw 27 pitches in that fifth inning, though he faced only four batters, and at 102 pitches for the day, it was enough to convince Gardenhire to go to the bullpen, and Anthony Swarzak, for the sixth.
"That guy, he's a good hitter. We know each other well," Correia said. "It seems like he was taking some pretty good swings off me. He battled me on that one at-bat, which cost me going back out there for the sixth. I just couldn't put him away."
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