Guardians 11, Twins 10: The season’s worst loss of any team in Major League Baseball

The twins won tonight. There are lots of negative things from today’s match, but sometimes you have to win ugly, and the twins did just that tonight.

That was what I would write if the twins had actually won. Instead, the reality is, as usual, much worse for Minnesota fans.

Carlos Correa could have been the star tonight, mashing two solo homeruns in his first two slaughterhouses to give the Twins an early lead. Ryan Jeffers also continued to contribute, knocking Gio Urshela in on two separate occasions – one on a double, one on a bundle single (wow).

Cleveland, however, would not lie down and lose tonight; especially not against the twins’ pens with Jhoan Duran and Griffin Jax (presumably, more on that later) unavailable.

Sonny Gray was more cloudy tonight and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 4.0 innings work. He started in the fifth inning but was pulled after giving up two runs before scoring an out. Caleb Thielbar allowed a third run to score on a ball (yes, seriously) after coming in for relief, but settled for 1.1 innings without letting another run cross.

With the match tightened up to 5-4 in favor of the home team, Max Kepler went yard to strike on another run. Joe Smith was the next on the field for the twins and did his job (barely) wiggling out of a jam after a hit and a walk to finish a clean 6th inning. Unfortunately, the Twins quietly went down to the bottom of the inning, and then Cleveland had the luck of beating Jharel Cotton in 7th.

Cotton, who broke into high gear after becoming the DFA TWICE earlier this season, gave up home runs to two well-known powerhitters to allow Cleveland to take the lead. Amed Rosario (2 HR this year now) and Oscar Gonzalez (also 2 HR this year now) hit a solo shot and a 2-run homer respectively to cause Twins fans everywhere very moaning and teething.

However, the twins would strike back tonight. With two outs and no one at the bottom of the 7, Max Kepler went to start a rally. A rare Gary Sanchez single followed, sending Kepler into third place. The latest call Alex Kirilloff found a hole in the left side to knock in the equalizer race, and then Minnesota clutch folk hero Gio Urshela followed with a two-stroke bomb in three races to bring the good guys ahead forever.

Emilio Pagan returned from his bad show yesterday to strike from the side in 8. But Rocco trotted him riskily back to 9. after the twins fell quietly (but with some controversy on a “caught” fly ball), and he gave up two singles to lead into the inning. With slugger Josh Naylor up, Pagan gave up an RBI double that put runners on 2nd and 3rd without outs and the score now 10-8.

Griffin Jax, who is believed to be unavailable after striking up on no days rest after throwing 27 lanes last night, went in to try to put out the fire. This game could be a referendum on Rocco’s bullpen leadership, but really I think it shows how little he has to work with other than Duran.

It did not work. Oscar Gonzalez fought from a 0-2 track for another single and brought in two races to equalize. A sack shot moved Gonzalez to third place, and then he scored on a sack shot already on the next lane. Fortunately, the half-entrance ended on the next lane.

Now down on one, the twins were to meet the formidable closer Emmanuel Clase. Carlos Correa went down on three lanes. At least Max Kepler got into a 1-0 count before striking out. Gary Sanchez went down without a whimper to finish the match.

This was one of the most depressing games I have ever summed up, and one of the more depressing games I can remember. This team does not make it to the playoffs unless serious moves are made to patch a bullpen that has 2 credible pitchers and 4 that will surprise you when they give up less than 3 runs. It’s frankly an embarrassment and a slap in the face to the entire Twins Territory that Falvey and Levine continue to do nothing but sign on to junk-ball players to fill the bullpen year after year. This (earlier today) “first place” team is nothing but a bunch of pretenders and will be lucky to reach 80 victories if they do not soon do something about this abomination of an auxiliary corps. It can not wait for the deadline – this team will be in third place in a moment with the way Cleveland plays, and Chicago can play if they continue to lose games where the attack gives enough runs to win.

Sorry, I’m feeling bad and the fare is flying. Now, I was going to write a positive paragraph here, but it turns out I have nothing positive to say. We’ll play again tomorrow, so theoretically it could go better? We scored 10 races, so we did it for ourselves. October baseball can at least be terribly chilly in Minneapolis. This will at least not get as much attention as it did when the Timberwolves did pretty much the same thing a few months ago.

STUDIES

I’m not in a headspace to hand out awards right now. Props for the offense I think.

DUDS
Falvey, Levine, Emilio Pagan, Jharel Cotton, the Pohlad family and my parents for raising me to be a twin fan

COTG

mefoolonhill sums it up best for me right now:

“I am concerned about the long-term psychological damage we are suffering in this series.”

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