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Gardenhire's Furious, but not for the Reasons you Might Think

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Watching a bullpen blow a 5-0, eighth-inning lead would leave any manager furious, but that's not what had Gardenhire at wit's end after the 6-5 loss to the Angels. He was more focused on the following four moments: * After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Twins had Alexi Casilla on first base with one out and failed to bring him home. Justin Morneau fouled out, and Michael Cuddyer lined out to end the inning. * In the second inning, Danny Valencia hit a two-out single. When Drew Butera lined out to end the inning, Valencia was retreating to first base after forgetting the number of outs. * In the fifth inning, Jason Kubel lined a two-run single, stretching the lead to 4-0. But standing on second base with the bases loaded, he forgot there was only one out, when Cuddyer hit what would have been a sacrifice fly to right field. Kubel ran to third, like there were three outs, and was easily doubled up at second base. That cost the Twins at least one run. * The Angels eighth-inning rally started when Alex Burnett was late covering first base, as speedster Peter Bourjos reached on an infield single. Some readers will say Gardenhire's wrath was misdirected on a night when the relievers started an eighth-inning fire and kept adding gasoline. But the bullpen is what it is. "That’s who we have. That's who we are. That’s who has to pitch," Gardenhire said. From Joe C at the Strib

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