Thu 26 Apr 2012
Wednesday night Liam Hendricks became the latest in the long line of Twins starters to add to their miserable team ERA (which is now north of 7.00 for starters) as the Red Sox pounded out seven runs enroute to a 7-6 victory. Still on their ballpark honeymoon, the Twins still managed to draw over 32-thousand fans Wednesday night to Target Field…but those numbers are dropping as quickly as the Twins are in the AL Central standings.
Minnesota hosts Kansas City this weekend in what will be a cold weather battle to stay out of last place. The Royals snapped a 12 game losing streak on Wednesday by beating the Indians in Cleveland. The Twins are now on a 5-game losing streak of their own.
TWINS NOTES: ¬
• The Twins dropped their fifth straight game overall and their sixth consecutive game at Target Field.
• The offense recorded 10-plus hits in a game for the seventh time this season.
• Liam Hendriks’ 4.0 innings marked a career-low…seven of his 12 runs allowed this season have been scored on home runs (three-run homer by Aviles tonight).
• Twins starters now have a combined ERA of 7.09 (99.0 ip, 78 er) on the season with three quality starts in 19 chances.
• Jamey Carroll has reached via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 15 of 19 games played this season…he drew his 350th career walk in the first inning.
• Ben Revere’s second inning double was the 10th of his career and first since September 24, 2011 at Cleveland…Revere’s bunt hit in the sixth inning was the second bunt hit for the Twins this season (Span has the other).
• Chris Parmelee (1-for-2) is a career .368 (25-for-68) hitter in 19 games at Target Field…he is batting .259 (15-for-58) in his career on the road.
• Parmelee was hit in the head by a Justin Thomas pitch and left the game immediately for precautionary reasons…he will be reevaluated tomorrow.
• Denard Span (2-for-5) has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .367 (22-for-60) in those games…his only hit-less game in that stretch was April 17 at New York (AL) when he was ejected after registering one at-bat.
• Alexi Casilla (3-for-4) recorded his 22nd career three-hit game and second this season.
• Joe Mauer (2-for-5) has hit safely in eight of nine home games this season and is batting .353 (12-for-34) at Target Field in 2012.
• Justin Morneau’s sixth inning double was the 235th of his career, moving him within four of tying Michael Cuddyer (239) for seventh on the Twins All-Time list.
• The five runs in the sixth inning marked a team-high for runs in an inning, passing the previous high of four, done four times this season.
• After a ninth inning pinch-hit single, Ryan Doumit is now 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter this season…he is 27-for-91 (.297) in his career as a pinch hitter.
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