MINNEAPOLIS – The Twins offensive was so explosive in 2019 that it is now easy to assume that no deficit will be too difficult to overcome. Especially against a lower opponent.
So, when the Twins were eliminated by three, early in an 8-6 loss to Kansas City Sunday at the Target Field, or when they were led by two points in the seventh inning, or five to eighth, there remained one feeling that bats were going away. to get to a Royals office that seemed to want to make things interesting.
When Nelson Baker was called by first base referee Jordan Baker to end the game (0-2), the Twins added runners in first and second place against Ian Kennedy, who was closer to Royals. It was a game of missed opportunities for the Twins. They left the bases charged three times and blocked the 15 riders who scored 15 summits.
The Twins were 4-in-18 with the riders in score position and stuck 10 or more for the 13th game of the season. "Nothing is really easy today," said Twins director Rocco Baldelli.
The Twins charged the goals in the first leg against Royals starter Jakob Junis with two outs, but Marwin Gonzalez switched to the first pitch he saw and lost to first base.
In the fourth inning, Miguel Sano's home run and Max Kepler's singles allowed the Twins to score at 3-2. Cruz then came to the plate with loaded bases and two outs after Jorge Polanco was intentionally walked. Cruz hit while swaying on a 1-2.
Cruz hit an individual circuit in the right field in the seventh inning and the Twins again charged the bases to three consecutive singles with a draw. Royals substitute Jake Diekman got Jonathan Schoop's attack and forward Mitch Garver hit the ball to the right.
That left the Twins less than 10 impressive (200) with the bases loaded this season, placing them in front of the Tigers and Royals. It's hard to believe given that the Twins broke a .275 record this season.
"We are frustrated with losing the match. But I do not think we're frustrated with the way we've rocked the bats or types of strikes we've had today, "said Baldelli." You can look up and down the composition and there were guys who did not meet very often on the base today, or did not have the opportunity to meet people on the base, but were -Bats were good, we did not get the results. "
Nevertheless, the Twins (47-23) still have a 10-game lead over Cleveland in Central AL, despite the Indians who swept the Tigers this weekend. Minnesota also dominated 14 games, two more than the club.
APOLOGY OF VIC
Sano played 2-for-4 with the solo home race on Sunday, but was also removed from goals in the fifth and eighth innings. The second time, the Twins dropped from 8 to 5, with one withdrawal and two runners on the base.
Sano said after being summoned by reliever Jorge Lopez in the fifth quick run, the marble umpire, Vic Carapazza, apologized to the third-baseman of the Twins during the next inning.
"I'm supposed to go for two walks," Sano said. "(Carapazza) called for a strike. I talked to him and told him, "This field is far and low." He said, "I know I made a mistake." My last match was not a strike. It was a low ground. It has taken my stick, because if I can find another ground, something can happen. And I was doing really well tonight. "
Sano was not the only one to be frustrated with the work of the referee team over the weekend. Carapazza, Hunter Wendelstedt and team leader Angel Hernandez all struggled to identify the balloons and strikes against both teams. Wendelstedt kicked out Royals right-field player Jorge Soler in the fifth round on Friday after Soler opposed a strike call. Hernandez was his usual Saturday. (The unlucky guy below is Royals third baseman, Cheslor Cuthbert.)
Angel "hits" again pic.twitter.com/3UnWfYvYG1
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That's Baker who said Cruz did not check his momentum in the ninth inning on Sunday. Baldelli, a master to avoid anything that might suggest criticism, said that it was "a call of proximity" to Cruz.
"It's a difficult call," Baldelli said. "I think we've seen calls earlier in the game that you can probably refer to and refer to them to say whether or not we thought that one of them should have been called . Honestly, the check-swing calls are some of the most difficult you'll see in the game. Obviously, the call did not please, but I find them difficult. It was probably close, but we would prefer to follow our example based on everything we saw. But it happens.
Here is a picture of Cruz trying to hold on.
Nelson Cruz called on a swing to end the Twins game pic.twitter.com/BEC2nAlWx0
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One thing that made the difference for a good part of the season was how the Twins seemed to play on the pitch. But this has not been the case lately. Minnesota made two mistakes Sunday – one from Sano and the other from reliever Mike Morin – which led to the loss of four points in Kansas City.
The Twins now have 10 errors in their last five games, including five in the last two games. This comes after the Twins made five errors in a 9-6 loss to Seattle on Wednesday, including three in the 10th inning (two by Sano on the same game).
A third mistake could have been called Sunday on the Twins. The left-field player Eddie Rosario failed to catch a liner he should have had under the eyes of Martin Maldonado, the Royals, in seventh.
"It was not our hardest effort," Baldelli said. "If you look at each of these players, these are the games we want to play and we have to move forward, but it's not the easiest game. I mean the ball was hit hard at Miguel (seventh), and I would say he probably barely had time to react to the ball, so it's not really his fault.
"We are going to play the PFP (Morin did not hit the bag after taking a transfer from first base, Ehire Adrianza to eighth) and be able to find the first goal – we hope we can make this game and I know that we will do it and the bullets in the outside field, they are hit hard and are reactionary games and you just have to go to the games. We created these pieces all year round. I think we will be fine to make these games. "
THE PLACE OF BEING
The Twins announced a crowd of 38,886 spectators at Target Field on Sunday, marking their sixth soldout of the season and their third in a row. The crowds were not a surprise considering that the Twins have the best record of baseball and that the weekend was marked by the festivities surrounding the retirement of Joe Mauer, number 7, Saturday.
The three games drew a total of 117,051, the largest in a three-game series at Target Field since 19-21 June 2015. This series pitted the Twins and Cubs and drew 117,156 players. The Twins have not had six sales in one season since the 2015 season.
The Twins are likely to stretch their run of six straight defeats on Monday by opening a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at the Target Field.