Joe Ryan is in April for what appears to be a promising career. On Prince Knight at Target Field, the twin rookie right-handers discover that it sometimes snows in April.
After his first three major league starts, Ryan hit a snag on Thursday, surrendering six earned runs on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings as the Twins lost 10-7 to the Detroit Tigers.
A declared crowd of 21,186 saw the Twins lose their final home game of a disappointing season that began with plans to struggle for a third straight American League Central crown. Except for this weekend’s sweep in Kansas City, they will finish last in the division.
Byron Buxton went 3–4 with two home runs, the second account to advance in the seventh inning, but the Tigers scored three in the eighth inning, all but relegating Ralph Garza Jr., to a 9–7 lead. for taking .
Nico Goodram homed twice and scored four, and Alex Lang (1-3) took a 1.1 relief to secure the win and Michael Fulmer scored the ninth for his 13th save. Jonathan Shoop scored 3 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBIs for Detroit, which lost the season 11–8 to the Twins.
Acquired in the trade sending Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay before the July 30 trade deadline, 25-year-old Ryan immediately became Twins No. 6 Prospect (according to MLB.com) and helped the US win a silver medal in Tokyo. Olympics before reporting to St. Paul in late August.
He surrendered a combined 10 hits in his first five major league starts, never exceeding three runs, and took a perfect game in the seventh inning in the first win of his career, a 3–0 victory in Cleveland on September 8. .
Josh Donaldson’s three-run home run gave the twins a 4-1 lead in the third, but after facing four of the first six batsmen, Ryan stumbled. After scoring a fourth to beat Isaac Paredes, he dropped a double, walk and Harold Castro’s run-scoring single before Goodram patted a pitch on the scoreboard in right field to tie the game 5–5. .
In the fifth inning, Tigers lead-off hitter Aqeel Baddu walked and later scored a two-out single past shortstop Andrelton Simmons. This made it 6-5 Detroit and Ryan’s night came to an end.
“He’s going to learn a few things from every one of these outings,” said manager Rocco Baldelli.
Brent Rooker gave the Twins a 5–4 lead with a single home run to center in the fourth inning, and Luis Aerez drove in Max Kepler with a tying run in the sixth.
The next season will officially be Ryan’s rookie season, the twins said. … Twins Honored Reliever taylor rogers As the winner of the 2021 Karl R Pohlad Award for Outstanding Community Service before the Games. The award is given annually to recognize the community involvement and leadership of a current Twins player or coach. … caught by Mitch Garver Finished second after a seventh-inning run for his first major league stolen base. …Target field attendance for the Twins’ first season with fans since 2019 was 1,310,199 over 80 dates, including a straight double-header.