The Twins looked like they might have a chance in tonight's game. Tommy Milone pitched a solid 7 innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 earned runs, and then the bullpen came in. Aaron Thompson and Ryan Pressly both gave up an unearned run in the 8th, and when Brian Duensing came in to get the last out, the Twins were down 4-2. A pretty terrible missed catch by Aaron Hicks out in centerfield quickly made the game 6-2, and sealed the deal for the Rangers to take game one.
There was a point in the game when Texas pitcher Wandy Rodriguez retired 18 straight Twins hitters, but Minnesota had held a 1-0 lead until the 7th inning. An Elvis Andrus 2 run homer put Texas ahead in the seventh, and Brian Dozier (All Star) tied it up quickly enough in the following inning. Unfortunately, as we discussed, the Rangers were able to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
There are some losses that have big, memorable moments (see: Torii Hunter's temper tantrum that landed him a 2 game suspension and a fine...). Aside from Hicks' (admittedly pretty bad) missed catch, there wasn't a lot of exciting things happening for Minnesota in this game. Tonight's loss is four in a row for a suddenly struggling-to-score Minnesota team. The biggest bright spot is that Tommy Milone was pretty good again.
Win Expectancy Graph
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Tomorrow, the Twins take on Texas for game two of the series. On the mound will be a surging Mike Pelfrey for the Twins, facing off against Colby Lewis for Texas. Game time is 3:05 pm CST.