Errors pile up in Twins' latest blowout loss

– With his innings piling up, Andrew Albers was a candidate to be removed from the Twins rotation. But manager Ron Gardenhire said following Friday’s 11-0 loss to Oakland that the rookie lefthander will get the ball one more time.

That’s good for him, because he wouldn’t want his last start to go the way it did Friday.

Albers and the Twins were battered by the rolling A’s. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson hit home runs, the Twins committed four errors and Bartolo Colon threw six shutout innings. It was the Twins’ first four-error game since Oct. 1, 2009.

“An ugly night for us,” Gardenhire said. “Bartolo Colon pretty much dominated us. Every time we missed a play, they took advantage of it. Not a lot of fun in our dugout tonight.”

Albers (2-4) realized his big-league dreams after five seasons in the minors and opened his career with back-to-back gems against playoff contenders Kansas City and Cleveland. Since then, though, it’s been a rougher road. Friday, he lasted 4⅔ innings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on eight hits and one walk.

He entered the season having thrown a career-high 103 innings in 2012. He has pitched 132⅓ innings for Class AAA Rochester and 54⅓ for the Twins for a total of 186⅔ this season. The Twins are mindful of the jump in his workload.

“We’re going to limit his innings, and we’ll go from there,” Gardenhire said.

Cespedes opened the scoring with a homer in the second. Josh Reddick drove in a run with a single and later scored when Oswaldo Arcia misplayed Daric Barton’s single to right into extra bases. Alberto Callaspo drove in Derek Norris with a single in the four, after Norris stole second and went to third on Chris Herr­mann’s errant throw.

The doozy came during the A’s five-run fifth. The bases were loaded with two outs when Chris Young sent a smash down the third base line. Eduardo Escobar made a splendid diving stop to his right, but he bounced his throw past Chris Parmelee at first, the ball rolling toward the seats where the Black Hole sits during Raiders games. That cleared the bases and made it 7-0.

“If we just made a couple plays behind him, it’s a different story, we’re still in the ballgame,” Gardenhire said.

Time running out

Joe Mauer worked out at Target Field. He’s not up to doing baseball-related activities, which means he’s still days away from the Twins even thinking about his return to the lineup.

And even General Manager Terry Ryan admitted, “We’re running out of days. There’s only so many days left.”

Mauer hasn’t played since Aug. 19, when he suffered a concussion when he was hit in the facemask with a foul ball. So the catcher has missed more than a month of action and would have to ramp up his activities immediately if he wants to play in the Twins’ season-ending homestand.

Minor leaguer suspended

Twins minor league pitcher Dallas Gallant was suspended for 50 games without pay for violating the minor league drug prevention program. Gallant tested positive for an amphetamine.

Gallant, 24, will be able to report to spring training and work out with teammates, but his suspension will begin once the minor league regular season begins.

  • related content

  • Time running out on Mauer's chance to play again this season

    Wednesday October 2, 2013

    General Manager Terry Ryan admitted, “We’re running out of days. There’s only so many days left.”

  • Twins not OK with all their Ks

    Saturday September 21, 2013

    The Twins have struck out at a record pace this season.

  • Friday's Twins-Oakland game recap

    Saturday September 21, 2013

    GAME RECAPIMPACT PLAYERBartolo Colon, OaklandThe former Cy Young winner rolled through six innings, striking out eight. He has a scoreless...

  • Minnesota Twins' Chris Parmelee (27) is unable to stop a ground ball b...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Delayed123456789RHE
Cleveland         000
Minnesota         000
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
HR: CLE- None MIN- None

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: D. Otero 0
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 6 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 5
Boston 2 Top 2nd Inning
Baltimore 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Washington 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Miami 0
NY Mets 1 Bottom 1st Inning
Atlanta 0
Chicago WSox 0 Top 2nd Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Cleveland 0 Delayed
Minnesota 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Houston 2
Cincinnati 0 Top 2nd Inning
St. Louis 0
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
Utah 26 Delayed 7:51
Michigan 10
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(21) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
North Carolina 41 4th Qtr 3:10
East Carolina 70
Louisville 34 4th Qtr 15:00
FIU 3
San Jose St 7 Delayed 11:38
Minnesota 17
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Indiana 24 4th Qtr 1:17
(18) Missouri 27
Texas State 21 2nd Qtr 0:20
Illinois 13
Georgia State 14 2nd Qtr 0:03
Washington 0
Ball State 0 Delayed 9:30
Toledo 6
Appalachian St 0 1st Qtr 7:15
Southern Miss 7
Miss State 7 1st Qtr 8:14
(8) LSU 0
Northern Ill 0 1st Qtr 9:07
Arkansas 7
Middle Tennessee 0 1st Qtr 7:25
Memphis 7
Utah State 0 1st Qtr 7:55
Arkansas State 0
Miami-Ohio 7 1st Qtr 8:23
Cincinnati 0
Idaho 0 1st Qtr 7:24
Ohio U 7
(14) So Carolina 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 0 FINAL
Portland 3
Houston 0 1st Half 25:00
Philadelphia 0
New England 6:30 PM
Columbus
San Jose 6:30 PM
Montreal
Seattle 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York
D.C. 7:30 PM
Chicago
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 0 8:36
Hamilton 0
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
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 sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close