Sometimes, it's just hard to watch.
On Wednesday, Ian Snell finally got himself a win. He did walk three, and he there were times when he struggled to hit his spots, but the Twins' offense had a hard time getting anything going. A big double by Joe Crede in the bottom of the third put both Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel across, and tied the game at two, but that was as good as it got for the bats.
When the game was still in reach, Michael Cuddyer made a massive mistake by getting caught in a run-down between third and home. Francisco Liriano, who struck out six and walked just one over his seven innings, still couldn't avoid one or two fateful pitches. The nail in the coffin was the bullpen, with Sean Henn and Luis Ayala combining to let the Pirates double their runs.
The first six hitters in Minnesota's order combined for all six hits, and six of the seven walks. On the flip side, the seven through nine hitters were 0-for-11 with a walk; Delmon Young stranded five. With the entire offense, they were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
There isn't enough you can say about how disappointing the offense was last night. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, saw every man in their order reach base either via a hit or a walk. There's a lot of talent in Pittsburgh this year, even if it's not all being realized, but it's still tough to lose a game this decisively to one of baseball's most miserable franchises in the last ten years.
Thursday afternoon the Twins get an opportunity to erase last night's performance and pick up a series win. For now I'm more than happy to put this one behind me.
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Stars of the Game
#3: Joe Crede (1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .000 WPA)
#2: Joe Mauer (1-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, .064 WPA)
#2: Michael Cuddyer (2-for-2, 2 BB, .157 WPA)