Wow, was that ever awful. About the only good thing I can say about that is that I liked the jerseys and the caps. Especially the caps. I’d buy one of those.
We got a bunch of hits, 10, but we couldn’t score.
Against Bartolo Colon, we had 9 hits, 1 walk with no strikeouts, in 6.1 innings, and yet the only run we got was on Justin Smoak’s 35th home run.
Smoak and Ryan Goins had 3 hits each. Kevin Pillar had 2. But, Steve Pearce (0 for 5), Josh Donaldson (0 for 5) and Jose Bautista (0 for 4) had 0 fors.
We had a shot at scoring in the 8th. With Miguel Montero and Ryan Goins on base, Rob Refsnyder ripped a line drive to deep right center, but Byron Buxton made a terrific catch. It should have been 2 runs, but instead it was the 3rd out of the inning,
J.A. Happ wasn’t good. 6 innings, 8 hits, 5 earned, 1 walks with 7 strikeouts. The Twins got all the runs they would need in the 3rd inning. Brian Dozier walked and Joe Mauer singled him to 3rd base, with 1 out. Then Buxton dropped down a squeeze bunt. Happ seemed to get to the ball in time, but didn’t make the throw home. And then, no one was covering first, so Buxton was safe. An out later, Jorge Polanco hit a 2-run double.
If Happ could have made the play to home (and everything else stayed the same), the Twins wouldn’t have scored. If someone would have covered first (Smoak broke to get the bunt), the Twins would have only scored 1.
It went downhill from there.
Our bullpen did ok. Domince Leone and Aaron Loup each pitched a scoreless inning. TJ House allowed a run in the 9th.
Colon just seemed to throw strikes and hope we’d him them at a fielder, and it worked. The Twins played good defense, but the Buxton catch was pretty much the only tough play the Twins made. We seemed to have the warning track fly ball down to a science.
Jay of the Day: Smoak (.127 WPA).
Suckage: Happ (-.242), Barney (-.109, on an 0 for 2) and Pearce (-.090).
Those of us that watched deserve a JoD too.
We didn’t have many comments in the GameThread. I led the way, but it wasn’t a game that anyone really wanted to talk about.