The ball from Lance Lynn's 1,000th career strikeout on Tuesday sat on a shelf in his stall at Guaranteed Rate Field, but he sounded surprised when someone asked about the milestone, which came against Jose Abreu in the fifth inning.
"I didn't even know it was there," Lynn said, shaking his head.
He was too frustrated to notice following the Twins' 8-4 loss to the White Sox, a game that seemed to turn as soon as he took the mound for the sixth.
Lynn, 5-6, gave up three hits, didn't retire a batter, then went to the dugout to watch the bullpen allow all three to score, turning a potential sixth win into a sixth loss.
Both Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza hit solo home runs, but both also made costly errors.
The final 15 Twins batters were retired by White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez and the White Sox bullpen. So that backfiring you hear was the start of the Twins' nine-game road trip.
LA VELLE E. NEAL III