TOOTBLAN: "Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop."
I'm not sure I'm willing to say that this is a game that the Twins should have won, but it was definitely one they could have played better. They wasted plenty of scoring opportunities and some poor play in the 6th inning was all the Royals needed to overtake the Twins 3-2.
Josh Willingham gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with a solo homer in the 2nd, and that was the score all the way up to the 6th. Phil Hughes was pitching very well for the Twins, and Danny Duffy was matching zeroes although he was the beneficiary of a bunch of Twins being TOOTBLAN tonight.
In the 3rd, Gardy used a challenge when it appeared Eduardo Nunez had beaten out a double play grounder at 1st base but was ruled out. The call was overturned, only for Nunez to be promptly picked off of 1st by catcher Salvador Perez. In the 4th, Sam Fuld was picked off of first base by Duffy. Later that inning, Brian Dozier and Josh Willingham executed a double steal with Perez's throw to 3rd base bouncing away from third baseman Mike Moustakas. Dozier saw that Moustakas wouldn't get to the ball in time, but he must not have seen Alcides Escobar five feet away from the ball, who easily threw out Dozier at home plate for the second out.
Taking advantage of those miscues allowed the Royals to stay in the game, and they finally capitalized in the 6th. The Twins started the inning with two runners on base with nobody out but failed to score, and then the Royals took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. A single followed by three doubles in the inning gave the Royals 3 runs, and that was all they needed. The Twins did add one more run in the 7th, but that would be it as the rest of the Royals 'pen shut down the offense.
WP: Jason Frasor (2-1)
LP: Phil Hughes (10-8)
S: Greg Holland (28)
Josh Willingham (1 for 3, BB, HR, RBI), Chris Parmelee (1 for 2, 2 BB)
Danny Santana (1 for 5, RBI, 4 K)