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Astros 6, Twins 4: Alex Meyer pulled early as Twins go on to fail even harder

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Twins Manager Paul Molitor made the peculiar decision to pull Alex Meyer after just 64 pitches and one run down, and it didn't work out.

I will remember you....
I will remember you....
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The Twins got off to a good start today, with Danny Santana hitting a lead-off home run in the top of the first inning to put the Twins immediately ahead. Unfortunately, it was pretty much downhill from there for the team, who ended up taking the 6-4 loss.

This game was Twins' prospect Alex Meyer's first major league start, and it didn't exactly go as one would hope. The Twins were up 2-0 entering the bottom of the third inning, when Meyer gave up a solo home run, two walks, a double, and a wild pitch to make the game 3-2. Despite only having thrown 64 pitches, Paul Molitor yanked Meyer from the game and replaced him with demoted former-starter Tommy Milone. Milone was able to end the third inning, but went on to give up three earned runs of his own in the bottom of the fourth (including at least one run on a freakin' balk).

Brian Dozier knocked in Danny Santana for another run in the fifth inning, and Byung Ho Park hit yet another upper deck bomb in the sixth inning, but the Twins were unable to muster the offense to crawl out of their six run hole.

Notes

  • Alex Meyer was immediately sent to AAA after the game. Pitcher J.R. Graham was recalled ("More arms!")

STUDS

  • Byung Ho Park: 1-for-4, 1 upper-deck HR.
  • Joe Mauer: 0-for-3, 1 walk, 1 RBI, extends season-beginning on-base-streak to 27 games.
  • Danny Santana: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored, 1 stolen base, lead-off home run (EAT IT, HATERS!!!)
  • Michael Tonkin: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

Duds

  • Trevor Plouffe: 0-for-4, 1 strikeout.
  • Eduardo Escobar: 0-for-4, 1 strikeout.

ROBOT ROLLCALL!

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