Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Angels righthander Jered Weaver threw his no-hitter Wednesday night by feasting on a Twins offense that looked completely inept for most of the series.
On Tuesday night, journeyman Jerome Williams tossed a three-hit shutout against the Twins. They didn’t get a hit after the third inning, so if you add in the futility against Weaver, the Twins have now gone 48 plate appearances over 15 innings without a hit.
Also, in Monday’s 4-3 loss, the Twins went scoreless against Angels starter C.J. Wilson for seven innings before getting three runs in the eighth.
“We came in here and they just knocked around,” center fielder Denard Span said after Wednesday's 9-0 loss. “They had three good starting pitchers start for them, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us right now. We have to pick ourselves up. It’s not going to get easier. It’s going to get harder. So we need to man-up. I don’t know if our backs are against the wall, but right now we need to turn it around.”
* Manager Ron Gardenhire was pacing behind his desk when the media entered his office.
“A terrible night for Twins baseball. We got dominated by a very good pitcher over there. But we played terrible. We didn’t pitch worth a darn. Not aggressive. Missed a play or two. And got no-hit by a very good pitcher over there, which doesn’t make it any easier for our baseball team.”
Gardenhire noted that the Twins had an off day Thursday to regroup before opening a three-game series in Seattle on Friday. Then he said, “Questions? And make them quick.”
Asked if Liam Hendriks’ performance (2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) made it tougher on the offense, Gardenhire said, “He just didn’t pitch well. The kid didn’t get anything done. We didn’t hold runners. They ran all over the place on us. All the little things that a baseball team’s supposed to do, we didn’t do.
“Letting guys steal second, letting guys steal third. You go to the mound, you bring a pitcher in, tell him, ‘You’ve got to slide step. He’s going to steal third if we don’t.’ And and what do we do? The first pitch, pick your leg up and they take off running. If the guy hadn’t swung, he was standing up.
“That’s not acceptable. That’s not good baseball by any team. So we have to do a lot better. Running all over us. Looked like Little Leaguers out there, and that’s a bunch of bull.
“OK, that’s enough. I’m not going to go any further. Have a good night. Congratulations to Mr. Weaver.”
* Gardenhire was scheduled to catch a red-eye flight to Minnesota, so he could be in position for his daughter, Tara's, graduation from Southwest Minnesota State this weekend. Scott Ullger will manage the team in Seattle, as the Twins try to rediscover their offense against King Felix and Company.
Gardenhire will rejoin the team on Monday, when the Angels return to Target Field. Weaver is scheduled to pitch that night, opposite Francisco Liriano.
Mental note: Might be a good time to brush up on my Johnny Vander Meer history.
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