Guardians 11, Twins 10: Season’s worst loss to any Major League Baseball team

The twins won tonight. There are a lot of negative excerpts from today’s game, but sometimes you have to win ugly and the Twins did it tonight.

I was going to write this if the Gemini had actually won. Instead, as usual, the reality is much worse for Minnesota fans.

Carlos Correa could have been the star of the night, taking two solo runs in his first two shots to lead the Twins to the start of the game. Ryan Jeffers also continued his bet, playing Gio Urshela on two different occasions – one against a double and the other against a single (wow).

However, Cleveland had no plans to give up and lose tonight; especially not against the Twinsi pen, where Jhoan Duran and Griffin Jax (probably more later) are not available.

Sonny Gray was cloudy tonight, giving up 4 races (3 earned) in 4.0 rounds. He started the fifth inning, but after two laps, he pulled out before registering for the outs. Caleb Thielbar promised to score in the third period (yes, seriously) after the relief, but settled for 1.1 innings without letting another run.

As of 5: 4, Max Kepler went outside to hit the field. Joe Smith was next on the pitch for the twins and did his (barely) work, wriggling after hitting and walking to finish a clean 6th shift. Unfortunately, Twins went quietly down at the end of the shift and then Cleveland were lucky to beat Jharel Cotton in the 7th goal.

Cotton, who used high leverage after playing DFA TWICE this season, gave up home runs for two well-known batsmen to allow Cleveland to take the lead. Amed Rosario (2 HR right now) and Oscar Gonzalez (also 2 HR right now) did a solo shot and a 2-run home game, respectively, to cause a lot of moaning and gnashing of teeth for Twins fans everywhere.

But the twins hit tonight. With two outs and none turning on at the end of the seventh, Max Kepler walked to start the rally. This was followed by a rare single by Gary Sanchez, which sent Kepler to third. Recently summoned, Alex Kirilloff found a hole on the left side of the draw, followed by Minnesota clutch folk hero Gio Urshela with a two-shot three-run bomb to finally get the good men to the finish line.

Emilio Pagan bounced back after his poor performance yesterday to hit 8th. However, Rocco risked his ninth place after the Twins quietly went down (but with some controversy over “caught” volleyball) and gave up two singles to take the lead. When slug Josh Naylor rose, Pagan gave up the RBI double, which took the runners up to 2nd and 3rd place without losing, and now stands at 10: 8.

Griffin Jax, who was probably not available after throwing 27 throws last night, tried to put out the fire. This game could be a referendum on managing Rocco’s sticks, but I think it shows how little he has to do with Duran.

It did not work. Oscar Gonzalez fought 0: 2 for the second single, bringing the standings to a double. Sack bunt took Gonzalez to third and then scored a sack on the next square. The half-ending ended graciously on the next square.

Now, one down, the Gemini had to face Emmanuel Glass a lot closer. Carlos Correa fell in three squares. Max Kepler reached at least 1-0 before losing. Gary Sanchez fell free to quit the game.

It was one of the most depressing games I’ve ever put together, and one of the most depressing games I can remember. This team will not qualify for the play-off unless serious moves are made to repair the bullfighter, who has 2 reliable throwers and 4 who will surprise you if they give up less than three races. It is, frankly, embarrassing and a blow to the entire Twins Territory that Falvey and Levine continue to do nothing but sign contracts for junk football to fill the garden year after year. This (earlier) “first place” team is nothing more than a bunch of pretenders and will be lucky enough to win 80 if they don’t do anything about the disgust of the needy soon. He can’t wait for the deadline – the team is instantly in third place with Cleveland and Chicago games if they lose games where the attack gives enough to win.

I’m sorry, I’m in bad hands and the pictures are flying. Now I was going to write a positive paragraph here, but it turns out I have nothing positive to say. Let’s play again tomorrow, so theoretically things could go better? We got 10 races, so that’s clear to us. October baseball can be terribly cool in Minneapolis anyway. At least it doesn’t get as much attention as when Timberwolves did basically the same thing a few months ago.


I don’t want to give away any prizes right now. The props for the insult probably.

Falvey, Levine, Emilio Pagan, Jharel Cotton, the Pohlade family and my parents who made me a Twin fan


mefoolonhill summarizes it best for me right now:

“I’m worried about the long-term psychological damage we’re suffering in this series.”

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