Well, if you're going to lose 10 games in a row, you may as well do it in memorable fashion. Which the Twins did.
Anibal Sanchez had recorded 25 outs without allowing a hit. But then he threw a pitch out over the plate to Joe Mauer, who drilled it up the middle and snuffed out Sanchez's no-hit bid. Beyond that, Sanchez was untouchable.
Samuel Deduno pitched a standard-issue Samuel Deduno game, throwing a lot of pitches, walking in a run with the bases loaded, getting some strikeouts, etc. He could have been better, he could have been worse. So, yay? (Yes, I realize I just wrote that about someone who gave up 6 runs, 9 hits, and 3 walks. It was his first start of the season and he got to the 6th inning. That's the straw I'm grasping at.)
ROBOT ROLL CALL:
- less cowbell more 'neau
- Luke in MN
- Fantasy Master
- Eric in Madison
- Things really got away from Deduno in the second. Had he covered first on a grounder to second, the Twins would have turned a double play and escaped with no runs allowed. Had he fielded a playable grounder to his right, he could have gotten the runner at first and he would have escaped with no runs allowed. Had the umpire correctly called the next runner out at second on another grounder, he would have escaped with no runs allowed. With those three outs unrecorded, that allowed the aforementioned bases-loaded walk and a 2-run Miggy Cabrera single to put the Tigers ahead for good.
- Per ESPN, this was the third no-hitter Joe Mauer has broken up in the 9th inning.
- Oswaldo Arcia, who's been slumping of late, but STILL has the third-best OPS on the whole godforsaken team, was sent down after the game to make way for P.J. Walters, tomorrow's starting pitcher.
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Enjoy your holiday weekend, everybody.