April 21, 2016

Consecutive losses return as Twins fall to Brewers

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.



Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.