No cold comfort as Twins lose twice to Dodgers

They issued 12 walks in Game 2, but amazingly, that wasn’t their undoing.

view larger photos

  

There must have been a mix-up when the calendar turned from April to May, because Twins pitchers spent Thursday issuing walks during a doubleheader loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Twins dropped the first game 9-4, walking Dodgers hitters six times. Righthander Mike Pelfrey lasted only four innings and might have pitched himself out of the starting rotation. Still, that was nothing compared to the free passes handed out in the second game. The Twins lost 4-3 in 12 innings and walked 12 batters, tying a club record. The game was played in 5 hours, 11 minutes, the longest game in Target Field history.

Two games. Nothing to show for it but worn-out pitchers.

“This ends a day, a long frustrating day,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Not getting a win out of one of these two.”

What’s amazing about Game 2 is that none of the 12 walks scored. No direct damage? Think again.

In addition to the long, fruitless day, every Twins reliever pitched in one of the two games. Lefthander Brian Duensing threw 20 pitches Wednesday night and came back to throw 45 pitches over 2⅔ innings in Game 2 Thursday. It showed in the end, as Scott Van Slyke led off the 12th inning with a home run into the bullpen in left-center and former Twins batterymate Drew Butera followed three batters later with a blast into the left-field stands.

The Twins loaded the bases off closer Kenley Jansen with nobody out in the bottom of the inning. Joe Mauer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3, but with runners on second and third, Chris Colabello lined out to first to end the game.

After the game, the clubhouse was closed longer than normal as the Twins made a call to see who was available to be called up from the minor leagues to prop up the bullpen for the short term.

“We’re working on that process too,” Gardenhire said. “We’ve been on the phone talking, trying to figure out what we needed to do. The biggest way to protect ourselves is for Mr. [Ricky] Nolasco goes deep in the game [Friday against Baltimore]. We don’t have any pitchers available for the bullpen tomorrow.”

They also might need an outfielder, as Aaron Hicks left because of concussion-like symptoms after crashing into the wall in the seventh inning trying to catch Van Slyke’s triple. Hicks took some tests Thursday and will undergo more Friday. The Twins could activate Oswaldo Arcia from the disabled list. He is batting .364 through four rehabilitation games at Class AAA Rochester, although Gardenhire expressed a preference to let Arcia get more at-bats.

One player going back to Rochester will be lefthander Kris Johnson, called up Thursday to start the second game. He left with the Twins ahead 1-0, but he didn’t complete five innings. He stranded runners in every inning he pitched in, giving up four hits and a whopping six walks while striking out five.

The Twins tried to hold that 1-0 lead, but Juan Uribe hit an RBI single to score Van Slyke after his triple. They were gifted a run in the bottom of the inning when Trevor Plouffe scored as reliever Brandon League fielded a tapper near the mound but threw wildly to first.

That lead didn’t last long, as Adrian Gonzalez led off the seventh with a 413-foot home run into the bullpen in left-center. Then came extra innings. The 12 walks by the Twins were the most since they walked 12 on April 29, 1988, at Boston.

While Johnson made his first start with the Twins, there were questions about when, or if, his college teammate Pelfrey would make his next start.

The Dodgers pulled away to a 9-4 victory in the afternoon, collecting 15 hits — seven off Pelfrey.

The Twins gave him a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but that cushion evaporated as he fell behind hitter after hitter. The Dodgers scored three runs in the second, on an RBI single by Dee Brown and a two-run double by Yasiel Puig. Los Angeles added two more runs in the third. Pelfrey labored throughout his outing, and his fastball, which can hit 93-94 miles an hour on the gun, was coming in at 88-90. Pelfrey got through four innings before being replaced by Samuel Deduno.

“At the end of the day, if I don’t perform they will find someone else,” said Pelfrey, who is 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Detroit 69 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Portland 94 FINAL
Cleveland 99
Sacramento 102 FINAL
Toronto 119
Boston 98 FINAL
Minnesota 110
Dallas 94 FINAL
Houston 99
Denver 93 FINAL
New Orleans 85
Brooklyn 102 FINAL
Atlanta 113
Oklahoma City 92 FINAL
New York 100
Charlotte 86 FINAL
San Antonio 95
LA Clippers 94 FINAL
Utah 89
Washington 98 FINAL
Phoenix 106
Toronto 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 0 FINAL
Washington 4
Chicago 3 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Temple 86 FINAL
UCF 62
Winthrop 75 FINAL
Coastal Carolina 68
Lafayette 59 FINAL
Colgate 54
Northeastern 60 FINAL
Drexel 65
Wake Forest 76 FINAL
Florida State 82
Rhode Island 64 FINAL
Fordham 63
Delaware 82 FINAL
James Madison 88
South Carolina 58 FINAL
LSU 64
New Hampshire 63 FINAL
Maine 58
Seton Hall 80 FINAL
Marquette 70
Binghamton 68 FINAL
UMBC 56
American Univ 54 FINAL
Navy 64
Elon 65 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 82
Wright State 76 FINAL
Oakland 84
Minnesota 58 FINAL
Penn State 63
Duquesne 55 FINAL
Richmond 86
SMU 63 FINAL
South Florida 52
Hartford 66 FINAL
Stony Brook 72
Albany 47 FINAL
Vermont 44
Hofstra 79 FINAL
William & Mary 100
UNC-Asheville 74 FINAL
Longwood 64
Radford 84 FINAL
Char Southern 77
Holy Cross 0 Postponed
Loyola-Maryland 0
Duke 73 FINAL
Notre Dame 77
Texas Tech 36 FINAL
Oklahoma 81
Oregon State 55 FINAL
Arizona State 73
Morehead State 82 FINAL
Austin Peay 69
Drake 69 FINAL
Bradley 57
Lehigh 62 FINAL
Bucknell 68
Rice 48 FINAL
Houston 59
Missouri State 57 FINAL
Illinois State 67
Loyola-Chicago 47 FINAL
Wichita State 58
Nebraska Omaha 64 FINAL
South Dakota St 86
Northern Iowa 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 52
Louisville 81 FINAL
Boston College 72
St Johns 74 FINAL
Creighton 77
East Carolina 58 FINAL
Memphis 70
Georgia Tech 70 FINAL
Miami-Florida 50
Miss State 73 FINAL
Ole Miss 79
Clemson 68 FINAL
NC State 57
Indiana 67 FINAL
Purdue 83
Kansas 64 FINAL
TCU 61
Oregon 56 FINAL
Arizona 90
Air Force 66 FINAL
San Jose St 52
Stanford 84 FINAL
Washington 74
Rider 56 FINAL
Siena 49
Dayton 76 FINAL
Richmond 62
Eastern Kentucky 53 FINAL
Jacksonville St 73
Saint Josephs 0 Postponed
Saint Louis 0
UMBC 71 FINAL
Binghamton 55
Akron 60 FINAL
Ohio U 72
Ball State 72 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 55
Memphis 56 FINAL
Cincinnati 44
East Carolina 32 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 87
Murray State 59 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 75
Kent State 63 FINAL
Central Michigan 65
UT Martin 64 FINAL
Tennessee St 58
Eastern Michigan 56 FINAL
Western Mich 83
Bucknell 61 FINAL
Lehigh 76
Indiana 57 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Colgate 56 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Fordham 66 FINAL
Davidson 45
Duquesne 76 FINAL
St Bonaventure 64
George Mason 66 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 70
Detroit 59 FINAL
Youngstown St 58
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 58 FINAL
Tulsa 74
Oklahoma St 54 FINAL
Kansas State 52
West Virginia 57 FINAL
Texas Tech 73
Denver 56 FINAL
South Dakota 82
Northwestern St 46 FINAL
Central Arkansas 63
Austin Peay 67 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 87
Kansas 61 FINAL
Iowa State 56
Bowling Green 50 FINAL
Northern Ill 67
Penn State 64 FINAL
Minnesota 75
San Jose St 80 FINAL
Air Force 83
Boise State 82 FINAL
Colorado State 83
Utah State 51 FINAL
Wyoming 86
San Diego State 50 FINAL
Fresno State 57
Nevada 52 FINAL
UNLV 75

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What chance does the Wild have of making the playoffs?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close