Royals 5, Twins 2: Deduno De-Do-Doesn't

Brian Dozier, one of the few Twins highlights from tonight's game, scores the first run. - Ed Zurga

Twins starter Samuel Deduno fails to pitch at least 6 innings for the first time in two months, as I simultaneously beg forgiveness for that awful headline.

Samuel Deduno has been the Twins best pitcher the past couple weeks, but tonight was not his night. Deduno gave up four earned runs on 12 (!) hits over 5.2 innings, earning himself the loss and his shortest outing in nearly two months--but, um, he didn't give up any walks!

Things were actually looking very good for the Twins in the top of the first inning. Brian Dozier hit a triple off Danny Duffy--making his first major league start since Tommy John's surgery--and subsequently scored on a wild pitch. This also caused my Mom (Twins life-long mega-fan) to text me "woot! triple wild pitch!" because this is her preferred method of scoring (see: Twins life-long mega-fan).

The Royals tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Samuel Deduno and Jamey Carroll's shin started to falter. The Twins again took the lead in the 4th inning when Brian Dozier doubled to score Clete Thomas. Danny Duffy was then pulled, and the Twins slide to loser-dom began.

Rightfully so, catcher Ryan Doumit was pulled before the bottom of the 4th inning began because of nausea. He was replaced by Chris Hermann.

The Kansas City Royals proceeded to break the game open with a lead-off home run from Eric Hosmer. Alcides Escobar later hit an RBI single to drive in Miguel Tejada and put the Royals in the lead. Lorenzo Cain had an RBI hit the following inning to put the Royals up by two, which is where the game would ultimately stand (let's just pretend the Alex Gordon RBI double to score Billy Butler in the bottom of the 7th never happened because this is depressing).

Bottom line: The Twins struck out a lot. And they lost.

STUDS

  • Brian Dozier: 3 for 5, 1 triple, 1 double, 1 single, 1 walk--only a home run from the cycle!
  • Jared Burton: 1 inning pitched, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs.
DUDS
  • Joe Mauer: Doesn't even play, until he pinch hits in the 9th inning and gets a hit--like a "yeah, you could have had this all game" teaser. What the heck, Joe.
  • Pedro Florimon: 0 for 4, 0 hits, 0 walks.

Bullet Points

  • Ryan Doumit, after leaving the game due to feeling like blowing chunks, was diagnosed with a mild concussion. He may be placed on the 7-day concussion DL.
  • Josh Willingham is done with his rehab assignment and will re-join the Twins for their double-header in Chicago on Friday.

ROLL CALL!

1. kenzertz (65)
2. WestRiverTwinsFan (36)
3. Flip27 (30)
4. blakem95 (14)
5. Sportsavenue (13)

Step it up guys for real.

Win Expectancy Graph

20130807_twins_royals_0_20130807233258_live_medium

via www.fangraphs.com



X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Join Twinkie Town

You must be a member of Twinkie Town to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Twinkie Town. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker