The Twins failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities. And the frustration showed.
OAKLAND - Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's postgame monologue Sunday after a 4-2 loss to the Athletics included interruptions by Torii Hunter.
Get in monologue mode ... now.
Gardenhire: "We had their young guy on the ropes a few times and ..."
Hunter (from another part of the clubhouse): "Aargh!"
Gardenhire: "... if we just worked a little bit better, I think we could have put a few runs on the board. We also chased pretty bad and ..."
Gardenhire (pausing): "... not a good game for us ..."
Hunter: "Aargh! You're kidding me!!"
Gardenhire (after another pause): "Very nice Torii. ... So a disappointing day for us."
Gardenhire: "... so we ..."
Gardenhire (giving up): "That pretty much describes it right there. That's how we feel."
The Twins left Oakland upset that they didn't take advantage of A's starter Chad Gaudin, but Hunter actually feigned his screaming fit to speed up the "turn the page," portion of postgame after the Twins' streak of winning series ended at four.
"I was just joking, trying to make the guys laugh," Hunter said. "Just screaming, acting a fool."
It would be understandable if Hunter had been serious. The Twins were 1-11 with runners in scoring position Sunday. The middle of the order -- Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau and Hunter -- were 1-12 in the game and 4-for-43 in the series.
Jason Kubel's homer in the sixth was the Twins' first in 37 innings and 178 plate appearances. The Twins worked Gaudin (6-1) for five walks and forced him to throw 94 pitches in five innings but showed little for it.
"I thought we stayed to our game plan, made him throw a lot of pitches," Cuddyer said. "We had guys in scoring position quite a few times. When we did hit the ball we hit it right at guys. And there were times we didn't hit the ball when we needed to."
|Cleveland - WP: C. Allen||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: G. Holland||3|
|Baltimore||0||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Kansas City||2||Top 7th Inning|
|Seattle||2||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||2||Top 8th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||1||Top 7th Inning|
|Houston||0||Bottom 4th Inning|
|St. Louis||4||Top 4th Inning|
|Arizona||0||Top 4th Inning|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - J. Samardzija|
|San Francisco - J. Peavy||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - D. Haren|
|Colorado - T. Matzek||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - E. Stults|
|Chicago||14||1st Qtr 0:20|
|NY Giants||9/25/14 7:25 PM|
|Buffalo||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Green Bay||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Carolina||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Miami||9/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Jacksonville||9/28/14 3:05 PM|
|Atlanta||9/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Philadelphia||9/28/14 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||9/28/14 7:30 PM|
|New Jersey||3||3rd Prd 12:51|
|Detroit||2||3rd Prd 9:45|
|Toronto||0||2nd Prd 20:00|
|Washington||2||3rd Prd 14:34|
|Minnesota||0||2nd Prd 17:31|
|St. Louis||0||1st Prd :50|
|Anaheim||0||1st Prd 19:07|
|Los Angeles||9:00 PM|
|Texas Tech||9/25/14 6:30 PM|
|(24) Oklahoma State|
|Appalachian St||9/25/14 6:30 PM|
|(11) UCLA||9/25/14 9:00 PM|
|(15) Arizona State|
|Middle Tennessee||9/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Fresno State||9/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|(25) Kansas State|
|Tennessee||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Vanderbilt||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Wyoming||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|(9) Michigan State|
|Northwestern||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|TCU||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Iowa||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Tulane||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|So Florida||9/27/14 11:00 AM|
|Colorado State||9/27/14 11:30 AM|
|Western Mich||9/27/14 11:30 AM|
|Maryland||9/27/14 12:30 PM|
|Akron||9/27/14 12:30 PM|
|Bowling Green||9/27/14 2:00 PM|
|Arkansas||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|(6) Texas A&M|
|Kent State||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Western Ky||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Minnesota||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Wake Forest||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|FIU||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|(1) Florida State||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Miami-Ohio||9/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Colorado||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Texas||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Temple||9/27/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Stanford||9/27/14 3:15 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||9/27/14 4:00 PM|
|South Alabama||9/27/14 4:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||9/27/14 5:00 PM|
|(22) Ohio State|
|Rice||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|Missouri||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|(13) So Carolina|
|Boise State||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|North Carolina||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|Central Mich||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|Troy||9/27/14 6:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||9/27/14 6:30 PM|
|Memphis||9/27/14 6:30 PM|
|(10) Ole Miss|
|Duke||9/27/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas State||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|(8) Notre Dame||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|(7) Baylor||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|UNLV||9/27/14 7:00 PM|
|San Diego St|
|Illinois||9/27/14 8:00 PM|
|Oregon State||9/27/14 9:30 PM|
|Nevada||9/27/14 9:30 PM|
|San Jose St|
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