In only their fourth game this season in which they’ve committed more than one error, the Minnesota Twins fall 5-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers for the second game in a row, after losing the previous game to the Brewers 7-5. The loss marks Francisco Liriano’s first ever loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and puts the Twins down 0-2 for the series.
Twins left fielder Delmon Young had a rough game: he was first charged with an error in left field, and was later thrown out trying to steal second base in the eighth inning (it’s unclear whether he was signaled by the dugout or if it was his own brilliant idea – either way, it was the nail in the Twins coffin).
Nick Punto was charged with the second error of the game on a double play attempt when his off-target throw to first base failed to connect with Justin Morneau.
Errors weren’t the only problem: Minnesota Twins pitchers had their own difficulties – especially in the bullpen. Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch (which loaded the bases after the Twins intentionally walked Corey Hart and Punto’s error failed to complete a double play, and Jeff Manship gave up a late and deadly RBI to Rickie Weeks.
To make matters worse, the usually stalwart Michael Cuddyer stranded Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in the top of the seventh inning. Not only did he strand them, but he stranded them after both Mauer and Morneau had advanced to scoring position at third base and second base, respectively, as a result of a wild pitch by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Kameron Loe.
Not all was lost; Mauer had three hits in the game – two of them doubles, and one in the ninth inning that drove in the Twins’ third and final run. Justin Morneau also had three hits, despite striking out in the final at bat in the ninth inning and stranding Joe Mauer on second base as the Brewers clinched the win.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Twins will try and avoid a series sweep by the Brewers (an organization which is, admittedly, not a great ball club). Blackburn will pitch, and it will be dicey; he has an ERA of 5.80, a record of 6-4, and he’s lost his last three games on the road. Should be a tough last game of the series for the Twins vs. the Brewers tomorrow afternoon.
And the pitching staff has some work to do.