Any takers out there for reliever Emilio Pagan?
I have this vision that the front office tandem of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, otherwise known as Falvey & Co on this blog, were busy working the phones after the Twins’ terrible loss in Cleveland Wednesday night, trying their best to shore up some holes in the bullpen with a possible trade.
But I doubt anyone bothered to answer their phone after the Twins took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 10th and then watched as Pagan and reliever Jharel Cotton coughed up four runs to lose 7-6.
Pagan entered the game and got a groundout, then uncorked a wild pitch, issued a walk and served up a double to make it 6-4, Twins. Cotton replaced him and got lineout, suffered through a passed ball — which allowed another run to score — and then served up a two-run home run.
The Twins and Guardians are now tied 2-2 in their five-game series with one more game to be played on Thursday. And if the Twins were hoping to come away with a series win their best chance was Wednesday because Shane Bieber gets the ball tomorrow. Chris Archer goes for the Twins.
-The season series between the Twins and Guardians is tied 5-5. All five losses for the Twins have been by one run.
-On July 1, 1984, the slowly improving Twins blasted the Detroit Tigers 9-0 before 40,000-plus fans at Tiger Stadium. Frank Viola pitched a complete game four-hitter and Kent Hrbek drove in four runs with two extra-base hits, including a homer.
“I’ll tell you what,” said Hrbek to the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. “We got chances to score runs today and we got the hits to score them. We could have scored more runs in a couple of these games if we’d gotten some hits with men on base and a few breaks. … We played good enough ball to sweep them. We showed them something.”
-No surprise: Twins Territory was not pleased after Wednesday’s loss. A sampling:
— Dubz (@WentzBrian23) June 30, 2022
This one really hurt tonight…#MNTwins
— Jeff (@MNTwinsZealot) June 30, 2022
Emilio Pagan…I think we’ve seen enough #MNTwins
— Negative Dave (@neg_dave) June 30, 2022
Incredible. #MNTwins blow their fourth late-inning lead vs. Cleveland in the past nine days, all four of them involving Emilio Pagán.
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) June 30, 2022
It’s 10:24 and Pagan hasn’t been dfa’d yet. Embarrassing #mntwins
— jacob (@jacobed25) June 30, 2022
Somehow find a way to beat Bieber tomorrow and take 3 out of 5 in Cleveland. Get that bad loss out of the way. #MNTwins
— TwinsFans (@twinsfansWS) June 30, 2022
Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.com