There are plenty of you out there ready and raring to pin this loss on Alex Colome, Tyler Duffey, or Rocco Baldelli. These three definitely had their moments in this game, but I present to you this:
Five hits. FIVE lousy hits. I’m ready to give a fair share of the blame to an offense that’s been all talk and no walk ever since this forsaken stretch of losing began.
It started innocuously enough, with struggling rookie Brent Rooker avenging his broken wrist at the hands of pitcher Zach Plesac last year by slapping a dinger off of the very same in the second. This was followed by the Twins stringing together two of their five hits in the top of the 4th, after which Nelson Cruz
don’t run ran on Rosie and reached home on a sac fly by Jorge Polanco.
After that, it was mostly pain. Rosario drove in a run in the bottom of the 6th, and then scored the tying run just for good measure. Rocco made an oops by using two mound visits in this inning, which meant he had to pull Jose Berrios earlier than he intended to. However, Hansel Robles was able to get a ground out to end the threat.
In the 8th, the Twins got their third run by, once, again, stringing together two of their abysmal five hits, with Luis Arraez coming up big to knock in Jake Cave, who also
don’t run ran on Rosie. However, Tyler Duffey almost immediately gave up a solo shot to Cleveland’s only real threat at the plate, Jose Ramirez. 3-3.
The Twins didn’t get another non-Manfred ball baserunner for the last two innings. Taylor Rogers had a dirty 9th inning that he came away from unscathed, the Twins got their base-Manfred-runner to third with one out, and proceeded to go down without a whimper for the last two outs.
Enter Alex (I’ll call you Alexander when you earn it) Colome. Threw three pitches before outfielder Jordan Luplow sent a no-doubter tank out to left to send the Twins to 0-5 in extras in this young season. Pretty bad for games you ought to finish around .500 in.
The month of April