We all knew that the first loss would eventually come, but I’m sure we would have rather seen the Twins get outplayed rather than beat themselves. Unfortunately, mistakes were made left and right and the Twins ended up dropping to 4-1 on the season with a 6-2 loss to the White Sox.
Though Adalberto Mejia didn’t even complete two innings, his early exit was more precautionary than anything as he threw roughly 40 pitches in an eternal second inning. Part of that was thanks to a 14-pitch battle with Todd Frazier that culminated with a lead-off walk, and part of it was due to a costly error from Miguel Sano. With Avisail Garcia at third base after an RBI triple that scored Frazier, hitter Geovany Soto missed a squeeze sign and Garcia was caught attempting to steal home. Catcher Jason Castro threw to Sano at third base, who attempted to chase down Garcia before flipping the ball late to Castro. The errant throw clipped Garcia, allowing him to score. Mejia pitched to four more batters before he was pulled in favor of Rule 5 pick Justin Haley.
Though Haley did give up three runs, he saved the Twins bullpen as he tossed 3 2⁄3 innings and induced plenty of weak contact from White Sox hitters until he was tagged for two home runs in his fourth inning of work.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Twins repeatedly had base runners against White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez, but they were unable to take advantage as they left eight men on base and were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The lone runs came on a Castro two-run homer in the 6th inning, but Haley allowed his three runs in the bottom half which allowed the White Sox to have a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.
WP: Miguel Gonzalez (1-0)
LP: Adalberto Mejia (0-1)
Brian Dozier (2-for-5, 2B, nifty diving play to set up a double play), Jason Castro (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)
Miguel Sano (0-for-3, 3 K, 2 errors), Adalberto Mejia (1 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K)
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