Three extras from the Twins’ 8-2 loss in Cleveland:
— Jason Kipnis’ fly ball was hit deep, but it looked like the fourth inning was over with the score tied, 1-1. But the ball bounced off the heel of Eddie Rosario’s glove as he ran onto the warning track, and suddenly, everything was different. Kipnis had an RBI triple, Carlos Santana followed with a run-scoring single, Michael Brantley singled, too, and then Lonnie Chisenhall slammed a fastball into the center field seats. “And that’s how you give up a five-spot,” Trevor May said.
The reaction to the misplay in the outfield was disappointing, May and his manager both said, because he’s been working on leaving the past in the past.
“Part of his maturation has been the fact that he’s trying to do better at moving on,” manager Paul Molitor said. “Whatever happens — good play, bad play, good pitch, bad. Today, he ended up grooving one to Chisenhall after we didn’t make a play for him. He didn’t finish.”
— Rosario wasn’t charged with an error on that play because it required such a long run. But it was catchable. “We had a chance to make a play there,” Molitor said. “It was a tough play, but it kind of opened the floodgates.”
It also wasn’t the rookie outfielder’s only misplay on the day; Rosario was charged with an error in the first inning. Kipnis led off the inning with a double over Jordan Schafer’s head, then scored when Santana followed with a single to right. Rosario came in to field the ground ball, then suddenly realized it was going to scoot past him. Santana took second on the play.
Rosario also committed an error on Friday night, when a bad throw allowed a runner to move up. He made up it at the plate during the first two days, but Sunday wasn’t quite the same; Rosario bounced to the pitcher once and struck out twice.
— Molitor faulted himself for part of May’s bad inning, too. After Kipnis’ triple, Molitor moved shortstop Danny Santana just to the right of second base, hoping Carlos Santana would pull the ball toward right field. Instead, the Indians’ first baseman hit a ground ball directly to where the shortstop would normally be stationed, driving in Kipnis and extending the inning.
“I made a bad decision in shifting Santana there,” the manager said. “Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. He squeaked one through, and then a potential 1-1 game is 6-1 in a hurry. Then you’ve got your work cut out for you.”