Throw in the towel on June, folks. No, it wasn't terrible. But it wasn't good, either. Even if they win their first two games in Cincinnati, the series wraps in July. After going 20-7 in May, the Twins didn't win a series in June, and head to Ohio with a 10-16 record this month.
Tommy Milone and Mike Fiers traded goose eggs for six innings. Milone struck out six, four on that curve, but Brian Dozier's glove-flip to Joe Mauer to end the sixth kept Milwaukee off the board and - for a moment - looked like the play of the game. Dozier pulled that move off twice this weekend. It's hard to understand why he's not at or near the top of All-Star balloting when he makes plays like that look so routine. Watching it happen, we absolutely have every confidence that he'll make that play.
Mauer led off the top of the seventh with a single, took third on a weak grounder into center, and beat the throw home on a sac fly from Eduardo Escobar. The Brewers got a run back off of Blaine Boyer in the seventh, but the bottom of the eighth is where Milwaukee finally pulled away.
Casey Fien was off from the start. The first four batters he faced scored. Ryan Braun and Adam Lind bit back-to-back two-run homers, realistically sinking Minnesota before an out was recorded.
But the Twins didn't go down easily. Torii Hunter did his best to make it a game in the ninth. Trevor Plouffe worked a walk, and Hunter battled Francisco Rodriguez for six pitches before launching his third home run of the series deep to left field. Even after back-to-back lineouts, Shane Robinson and Danny Santana singled to bring the go-ahead run - in Brian Dozier - to the dish.
Rodriguez got Dozier looking on a fastball at the knees. Maybe it was borderline, but it was far too good of a pitch to take with two strikes. It gave the Brewers the game and a series victory, getting them within 19 games of .500. Which is terrible. The Twins drop to 40-35.
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Brananorama's "Danny Santana takes a walk"