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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Twins allowed four runs in ninth inning, lost to Guardians

Simple percentage points separated the Twins and Guardians in the American League center scoring ahead of Wednesday night’s game.

And while Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was quick to say on Tuesday night that June’s standings don’t matter much to him if the streak is any indication of the future, the Twins and Guardians could very well trade blows. for the next few months.

If anything, the Twins are well aware that nothing comes easy – and that certainly didn’t happen in Wednesday night’s ugly 11-10 loss to the Guardians at Target Field.

Gio Urshela’s triple home run in the seventh inning sent a billed crowd of 25,604 into a frenzy, but like last night, the Twins’ bullpen failed to defend the last lead.

“There is no one in our club now who is not angry. So it’s all right. I mean, we should be a little pissed off about the way we’ve played the last couple of days and just not being able to do our job,” Baldelli said. “Doing the job ends up making everyone feel better, and that’s something we didn’t do at the end of the games. I think we can use that as a little motivation and use it to our advantage.”

Emilio Pagan, who gave up a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning on Tuesday, was bowled out in the eighth inning on Wednesday. But he was asked to cover in the ninth, after Joan Duran pulled back two innings the night before, Pagan ran into trouble.

The right-hander allowed a pair of singles to start the ninth inning before giving a double to Josh Naylor in center field, who had just marked Gilberto Celestino’s glove. Griffin Jax was then called up with a pair of runners in scoring position and he conceded to Oscar Gonzalez a two-time deciding single.

Gonzalez came up to hit the go-ahead later in the inning on Owen Miller’s sacrificial fly.

Baldelli said that due to Jax’s recent use — he dropped 27 passes on Tuesday night and 16 on Sunday — the Twins wanted to do their best to not use him again on Wednesday.

“Sometimes this game is brutal. I throw two ground balls, the hit is not very strong, we have one of the best defenses in baseball, and somehow they both hit the holes. Those two ground balls are half a foot either way and we have two outs, no one,” Pagan said. … It sucks. It absolutely sucks. We won this game.”

While the Twins scored consistently throughout the night—they scored in each of the first five innings and again in the seventh—the Clevelands scored in groups throughout the night, scoring one goal in the third and then three times in the fifth and seventh innings. ninth with four runs.

Twins starter Sonny Gray was eliminated after giving up four runs (three earned) in four-plus innings and quit during Cleveland’s fifth inning with three runs.

The Twins had an early lead after Carlos Correa hit a homer in the first inning. He hit his second of the night in the third inning and hit two more balls on the warning track. Urshela ended the day missing the cycle twice and catcher Ryan Jeffers also made a couple of hits and drove two runs, one of which was safe. But a balanced offensive effort wasn’t enough to win on a night when the bullpen gave up seven times.

“Obviously it’s hard. But at the same time, there are many more baseball games to come and we need to play a lot more of them, especially this week,” Correa said. “You must have a short memory in this game with such a long season. Such things happen. Move forward, come back tomorrow, make sure we achieve this victory tomorrow.”

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