Here are three thoughts following the Twins' 10-4 loss to Milwaukee:
MAY WAS AMBUSHED BUT ALSO HURT HIMSELF: That's what it looked like as an aggressive swinging Brewers team was on the attack early against Trevor May. The first five Brewers hitters came around to score, and May couldn't stop the run. It was most evident when Carlos Gomez hit a comebacker to the mound with two on and one out in the first inning. May thought Eduardo Nunez was going to cover second base but it was Brian Dozier standing on the bag, waiting for the throw. ``I had it in my head that I was picking up the wrong infielder, and when I saw that he wasn't at the bag I tried to hold on to the ball a little bit and airmailed it,'' May said. The Twins could have been out of the inning down 2-1 but it ended up being 6-1 - with May knocked out after a career low 0.1 inning outing. ``Really put us in a hole,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
FIRST INNING THUNDER: Brian Dozier led off the game with a home to left. Gerardo Parra led off the bottom of the inning with a home run. It's the first time since May 1 (Josh Donaldson and Jason Kipnis) that has happened in baseball. The last time it has happened in a Twins game was July 16, 2006, when Grady Sizemore and Luis Castillo did it. Friday's was inches from not happening, though. Shane Robinson raced back to the wall in time and leaped for the ball. ``It ticked off the end of my glove,'' Robinson said. Robinson also said that the ball was a home run all the way regardless if it ticked off his glove or not. That means one thing. If either Byron Buxton or Aaron Hicks were healthy, that ball would have been caught because they both can leap.
THOUGHTS ON BUXTON: I don't think Byron Buxton is injury prone, but mistakes were make here. One, after spraining a wrist and breaking a finger last year, someone should have been on him about holding his batting gloves when he runs, which helps runners avoid messing up their fingers and thumbs when diving into bases. And Buxton should have gone into the trainer's room for treatment on Wednesday morning instead of trying to gut it out. That's a young player mistake. Thinking they need to be tough at the expense of preventative maintenance that could have helped him. Maybe the Twins could have pulled him from the game, gave him Wednesday and Thursday off, then he could have played tonight. And Parra's ball would have been caught.