The good news about this afternoon's game is that Justin Morneau got into one in the third inning. He tee'd off on a James Shields fastball, and launched it deep and over the fence in straight away center field. It's Justin's ninth homer of the season and proof that the power isn't really gone...it's just difficult to find.
Then there was the rest of the game. Scott Diamond threw too many bad strikes and the Royals took advantage, pounding out nine hits over five innings en route to seven runs. Anthony Swarzak threw three scoreless innings and Josh Roenicke added a fourth to stem the tide, but there was no comeback to be mounted.
Minnesota's offense was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring postion, as the 5-6-7-8 hitters went 0-for-12 with four walks. Trevor Plouffe is hitting .121 in his last ten games.
Gardy: "Our fans don't deserve to watch this crap."— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) August 1, 2013
It's frustrating to watch anything the Twins do right now. There's a let down, deserved or not, following the trade deadline, too. Although really that's just insult to injury considering the team is on another losing streak including dropping six of their last eight.
Let's commiserate together, shall we?