After nine straight losses, followed by four consecutive wins, the Twins have returned to familiar territory with back-to-back losses, including a 10-5 defeat on Wednesday to the Brewers.
Questionable defense in right field was the problem on Tuesday, but on Wednesday the attention shifted to left field and Oswaldo Arcia who had an error and other miscues. Arcia and Eddie Rosario also hit consecutive home runs to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins gave up 13 hits, including three home runs.
Starting pitcher Tommy Milone threw 100 pitches over four-plus innings and then exited the game with the bases loaded for reliever Michael Tonkin. Tonkin walked in a run and the game fell apart. Milone ultimately got tagged with four earned runs, followed by the bullpen which gave up another six. Ryan Pressly lost his first game of the year.
Meanwhile, Arcia had a long night in left field, according to MLB.com. He apparently ran a strange route that resulted in a two-run double, but also a bobbled a ball and let a ball get under his glove that rolled to the left field wall. All told four runs scored as a result of his night.
And we still have nine days left in April. It’s been a long month.
Ricky Nolasco gets the ball on Thursday.
Outfield defense bites Twins again: Arcia turns wrong way for Lucroy's deep drive, it bounces off wall for 2-run double. 4-1 Brewers.
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) April 21, 2016
Yikes. Arcia lets a routine ball get under his glove and it goes to the wall to score Braun
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) April 21, 2016
Arcia has a chance to get back 2 runs right here. Rough night for him in left.
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) April 21, 2016