While the Twins tried to make last night's game against the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim, USA) interesting, they were unable to come out on top. Despite Eduardo Nunez hitting a game-tying 3-run homer in the sixth inning, the Twins couldn't finish the job -- or keep the Angels batters off the bases. Minnesota had a chance to take the game in the bottom of the ninth, putting two runners on with no outs, but their rally fell short and they dropped to 61-79 on the season.
Kyle Gibson had an alright start, going a full 7 innings, but giving up four of the Angels' five runs on seven hits. He only struck out one batter (Albert Pujols, so there is that), and gave up two walks, but he just didn't have his great stuff last night. Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth inning, but closer Glen Perkins came in for the ninth and gave up what was to be the winning run to the Angels. Perk took the loss for the night.
The pitching wasn't pristine by any means, but the offense did leave ten men on base as well. While they were able to get some runners across the plate, the offense just couldn't get those hits when they needed them. The bases were loaded with two outs in the second, and no runners scored. There were two runners on with no outs in the ninth and no runners scored. This is not a way to win baseball games. Brian Dozier did get his 62nd RBI of the season, on an RBI double off Hector Santiago.
Win Expectancy (courtesy of FanGraphs)
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What's Coming Up
The Twins take on the Angels at Target Field again tonight, with pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Matt Shoemaker taking the mounds for Minnesota and LAA, respectively. Game time is 7:10 pm CST. Make sure to stop by Twinkie Town for all your game-time information!