Here are three quick thoughts following the Twins' loss to Cleveland on Friday
ANOTHER LOSS THEY EARNED: "No one is feeling sorry for us,'' Ricky Nolasco said after the game. He's right. And the Twins have made this mess. They scored enough runs to win tonight, but the bullpen couldn't protect the lead. But then, the offense needs to take heat when the bases were loaded with two outs in the second but Eduardo Nunez flied out to end the inning (he did make up for it with the eighth inning homer and hit the ball hard all night). Then they had the bases loaded in the eighth — after Nunez's homer — but Oswaldo Arcia and Kurt Suzuki struck out against Zach McAllister. Little things add up to big things. They've got to control the running game better, as Francisco Lindor stole second and eventually scored. Miguel Sano tried to throw Marlon Byrd out at home but missed the plate by 15 feet, allowing Juan Uribe to advance to second. They are not playing clean baseball and are paying for their mistakes.
TREVOR MAY: I might have jinxed May before the game because I talked to him about how well he has been pitching lately. He had thrown nine straight scoreless innings, his fastball is averaging 94 miles an hour and his strikeout rate is over 12 per nine innings. Hard to ignore that run. He was a different pitcher on Friday as he gave up three runs. A lot of his pitches were above the zone. "Trevor didn't execute some pitches there,'' manager Paul Molitor said. When May entered the game, the Twins looked like they had a chance to end the losing streak — provided Kevin Jepsen does his job in the ninth. We will never find out now.
PARK BANG: Byung Ho Park on Friday became the first Twin with a multi-home run game this season when he hit a solo shot and a two-run home run against the Indians. It came on a night in which the Twins set a season high with four homers. Park's solo home run in the second inning, estimated at 458 feet by MLB.com's statcast, gave the Twins a 2-0 lead at the time. Then his second homer run, a two-run shot to left in the third inning, gave the Twins a 4-2 lead. "I wasn't looking for certain pitches at the time,'' Park said of his two home runs. "I was just working on my timing, and my timing was decent.'' The Twins needed one more long one from him in the ninth inning, but he struck out with two men on to end the game.