Let’s start this with the positive: when a shower passed over Target Field in the 7th inning, the remaining fans held their purple umbrellas, gifts from Prince Night at the yard, aloft. On a godawful shit day in Minnesota, it was a bit of comfort.
Everything else about this game was less good. Carlos Carrasco handcuffed the Twins over 6.2 innings, Nik Turley was not great, and Cleveland rolled to an 8-1 victory.
The beating was on from the get, as Edwin Encarnacion blasted a 3-run dong into the depths of left-center to push the lead to 4-0 in the 2nd. Turley had some juice, hitting the mid-90s with his fastball, but location, location, location.
Facing a doubleheader tomorrow, Minnesota stuck with Turley. It did not get better. By the time Turley was gone and the 5th inning was over, it was 8-0 Cleveland, and the only question left was if Chris Gimenez would make his 6th relief appearance of the year. (He did not.) If you want to find a silver lining, Craig Breslow and Ryan Pressly kept the rest of the bullpen from wasting pitches on a done deal.
Carrasco’s only mistake, and the Twins only run, was another dinger from Eddie Rosario. Other than that, the Twins offense was hopeless, and the shruggie emoji that is their non-Santana/Berrios starters was exposed one more time.
DUDS: Twins, people who don’t like Prince
ROBOT ROLL CALL
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Enjoy your weekend, everybody.