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Rays 19, Twins 0: Well that was embarrassing

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Minnesota didn’t get a hit or even a base runner until the 8th inning, and surrendered five home runs, including a grand slam.

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I know it’s Spring Training. I know it’s early and these game don’t really matter. But boy—the Twins put on one of the saddest performances of all time today in their game against the Rays.

The Rays scored 19 runs, blowing past their previous team record of 16 runs in a spring training game. They had 24 hits—also a team record for a Spring Training game. Meanwhile, the Twins didn’t get their first hit until the 8th inning when Bengie Gonzalez hit a single, prompting the following from some Rays fan in attendance:

Chris Gimenez and Leonardo Reginatto added two more singles in the top of the 9th inning, but it was, uh, too little too late for the Twins.

The corollary of the Rays offensive outburst, obviously, was that the Twins pitching sucked ass. Hector Santiago started the game and he sucked. He lasted one inning and gave up five runs—and he wasn’t even the worst! Tyler Duffey gave up six runs, including a Grand Slam to Jake Bauers, and only made it 0.2 innings before being yanked.

I could keep going down the list here. Matt Belisle? Gave up three runs in his inning of work. J.T. Chargois? Five runs—although, to be fair, two of them were unearned thanks to a couple errors by Jorge Polanco. Gulp.

Nine Twins pitchers appeared in the game, and the only four who put together scoreless outings were Randy Rosario, Adalberto Mejia, Ryan Pressly, and Ryan O’Rourke —who probably wasn’t the only one puking today.

Nowhere to go but up from here, right?