Twins Insider: It's winless in Seattle as bats remain silent

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 19, 2012 - 9:33 PM

With their once-potent offense having gone kaput, the Twins could threaten to reach 100 losses again this season.

view larger photos

  

SEATTLE - The Twins fell to a season-worst 20 games under .500 on Sunday, and this is threatening to get ugly again -- as in, 2011 ugly. As in, get ready for a whole new discussion about avoiding 100 losses.

From the All-Star break through Aug. 7, they scored more runs (143) than any other team in the majors. Since then, the offense has all but disappeared, and they're having trouble masking their pitching problems.

On Sunday, the Mariners withstood six innings of Samuel Deduno's rope-a-dope punches and pulled away for a 5-1 victory at Safeco Field, completing a three-game sweep.

The Twins went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position for the day and 3-for-38 for the series.

"A bad series here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We scored six runs in three days. That's not good enough. They pitched well, but we sure missed out on a lot of opportunities."

Since Aug. 8, the Twins are 1-9, and their offense ranks second-to-last in the majors over that stretch with 33 runs scored.

"We've got to try to figure it out when we get to Oakland [on Monday]," Joe Mauer said. "It's definitely not acceptable."

That's the scary part. The Athletics have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, including Monday starter Brandon McCarthy, who is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA in his past 10 outings.

After leaving Oakland, the Twins will fly to Texas for a four-game series against the two-time defending American League champions.

The Twins are 50-70. At this point last year, they were 53-67. Of course, the 2011 squad wobbled toward the finish with injuries to Mauer, Justin Morneau and Denard Span. They needed a walk-off victory on the season's final night to finish 63-99.

"Last year, everybody was so banged up as we worked towards the end, it was completely different," Morneau said. "It's a different feel this year. Obviously, it's the dog days, the tough part of the season, but everybody's still busting their tails. That's why it's so frustrating. Everybody's available, and you're not getting the results you want."

On Aug. 8, the Twins had a chance to sweep Cleveland, which would have pulled them even with the Indians for third place in the division. Now, the Twins are languishing in last place again.

"We look up at those teams in front of us, and we don't feel like those teams are better than us," Morneau said. "I think that's tough when you're looking up at Cleveland and Kansas City. Detroit and Chicago are obviously having good years, but we don't feel like we're too far off from them."

Sunday's loss could have been much worse, but Deduno (4-1) held the Mariners to two runs over six innings, despite walking six batters and hitting another.

Seattle scored three runs off Jeff Gray in the seventh, but he wouldn't have been in the game if the Twins could have converted more of their earlier scoring chances.

"I think one of the biggest things you see is how important Denard Span is in our lineup," Morneau said after the team fell to 1-5 with Span out because of a sore clavicle. "He's the guy setting the tone. Obviously, Ben Revere's capable of doing that job, but Denard's been our leadoff hitter for a while."

Span didn't appear close to returning Sunday, so the Twins try to turn things around without him. They are on pace to finish 67-95, and that could get worse before it gets better.

Joe Christensen • jchristensen@startribune.com

  • related content

  • Twins' Span remains an injured observer

    Sunday August 19, 2012

    The Twins continue to play shorthanded with Denard Span nursing a sore neck, and there's no end in sight.

  • Series preview: Twins at Oakland

    Sunday August 19, 2012

    THREE-GAME SERIES AT THE OAKLAND COLISEUMMonday, 9:05 p.m. • FSN, 1500-AMLHP Brian Duensing (2-8, 4.69 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy...

  • Sunday's Twins-Seattle recap

    Sunday August 19, 2012

    His two-run homer off Jeff Gray in the seventh inning stretched Seattle's lead to 4-1.

  • Minnesota Twins' Matt Carson swings and misses to strike out against t...

  • Minnesota starting pitcher Samuel Deduno slams down a rosin bag behind the mound after allowing a run to Seattle in the third inning Sunday.

  • SEATTLE 5, TWINS 1

    Up next: 9:07 p.m. today at Oakland • TV: FSN

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000000040
Detroit «00100002X340
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:D.Price(15-12) L:K.Gibson(13-12) S:J.Nathan (35)
HR: MIN- None DET- I.Kinsler (17)

ADVERTISEMENT

Minnesota 16 FINAL
Buffalo 17
Atlanta 7 FINAL
Baltimore 29
Tennessee 17 FINAL
Washington 19
Seattle 26 FINAL
St. Louis 28
Cleveland 6 FINAL
Jacksonville 24
Cincinnati 0 FINAL
Indianapolis 27
Miami 27 FINAL
Chicago 14
New Orleans 23 FINAL
Detroit 24
Carolina 17 FINAL
Green Bay 38
Kansas City 23 FINAL
San Diego 20
Arizona 24 FINAL
Oakland 13
NY Giants 21 FINAL
Dallas 31
San Francisco 17 FINAL
Denver 42
Houston 10/20/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Boston 95 FINAL
Brooklyn 90
Minnesota 112 FINAL
Oklahoma City 94
Golden State 83 FINAL
Houston 90
Charlotte 96 FINAL
Chicago 101
Utah 91 FINAL
LA Lakers 98
Minnesota 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
San Jose 0 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Calgary 4 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
St. Louis 0 FINAL
Anaheim 3
TX-San Antonio 20 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 27
Syracuse 30 FINAL
Wake Forest 7
Purdue 38 FINAL
Minnesota 39
Western Ky 38 FINAL
Fla Atlantic 45
(12) Baylor 27 FINAL
(22) West Virginia 41
(11) Kansas State 31 FINAL
(17) Oklahoma 30
Iowa 31 FINAL
Maryland 38
So Florida 38 FINAL
Tulsa 30
Tulane 13 FINAL
UCF 20
Virginia 13 FINAL
Duke 20
Akron 20 FINAL
Ohio U 23
Western Mich 26 FINAL
Bowling Green 14
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
Massachusetts 36
Appalachian St 53 FINAL
Troy 14
(25) UCLA 36 FINAL
California 34
Texas A&M 0 FINAL
(4) Alabama 59
Army 17 FINAL
Kent State 39
Kansas 21 FINAL
Texas Tech 34
UAB 22 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 34
Rutgers 17 FINAL
(13) Ohio State 56
(8) Michigan State 56 FINAL
Indiana 17
New Mexico 31 FINAL
Air Force 35
NC State 18 FINAL
Louisville 30
(21) Clemson 17 FINAL
Boston College 13
Ball State 32 FINAL
Central Mich 29
Cincinnati 41 FINAL
SMU 3
(9) Georgia 45 FINAL
Arkansas 32
Oklahoma State 9 FINAL
(10) TCU 42
San Jose St 27 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Miami-Ohio 41 FINAL
Northern Ill 51
New Mexico St 17 FINAL
Idaho 29
Colorado 28 FINAL
(20) USC 56
(23) Marshall 45 FINAL
FIU 13
Southern Miss 30 FINAL
North Texas 20
Georgia Tech 43 FINAL
North Carolina 48
Tennessee 3 FINAL
(3) Ole Miss 34
Utah State 13 FINAL
Colorado State 16
Missouri 42 FINAL
Florida 13
Kentucky 3 FINAL
(24) LSU 41
(16) Nebraska 38 FINAL
Northwestern 17
Georgia State 27 FINAL
South Alabama 30
Washington 20 FINAL
(6) Oregon 45
Iowa State 45 FINAL
Texas 48
(7) Notre Dame 27 FINAL
(2) Florida State 31
Nevada 42 FINAL
BYU 35
Stanford 10 FINAL
(14) Arizona State 26
Hawaii 10 FINAL
San Diego St 20
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Columbus 3 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Seattle 2 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How confident are you the Twins will improve in 2015?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close