Twins' power surge ends in loss

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 5:40 AM

The Twins’ recent run has been a power-packed one. They entered Tuesday with a major league-leading 24 home runs over their previous 17 games. And they looked ready to bash their way to another victory when Josh Willingham homered in the second inning.

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dlb1946Aug. 13, 1310:14 PM

At least last night was exciting, 3 for 52 with RISP and all 3 of those were home runs, otherwise, 0-49. I might tire eventually but I think I would rather see Buxton and Sano struggle here the rest of the season than some of the clutchless Twins who aren't going to be around after this season anyway. Many of the Twins on the active roster have no upside potential. What is exciting about that kind of baseball? Not!!!

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zeldacAug. 13, 1311:22 PM

Keep the new guy in the minors till Andy leaves. No more pitching to contact. In the same way, leave the good hitters in the minors till Gardy and TK are gone.

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manoliveAug. 14, 1312:48 AM

3-52 with RSIP shows exactly what a great manager Gardy is. His strategy of just letting the hitters swing away and hoping for the best just isn't working. He'd get squashed as a manager in the National League, because there you actually have to manage. There's strategy involved. You'd think he'd try something, anything, to generate a run. How about a suicide squeeze? How about moving the runner over from second with a bunt? How many times have the Twins had a leadoff double, and the runner just stays put because Gardy refuses to do anything but just let the undisciplined hitters just swing away? Gardy, your title is manager. Don't be afraid to actually use it once in awhile. If it doesn't work, so what? Nothing else has worked either.

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stpaul70Aug. 14, 13 5:05 AM

Gardenhire- "Offensively we didn't do too much....Their guy kept painting the outside corner against our righties." Com'n Gardenhire..you had all of three right handed hitters in your lineup, so that's what the problem was? Please, save the idiotic post-game crap.

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guth54Aug. 14, 13 6:00 AM

Go Cleveland, Yay Pohlads!

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kevinmattAug. 14, 13 6:03 AM

For what it's worth; attended the game last evening, actually it was my 525 game over many years on partial- ticket packages. I can't recall being more disappointed by the lack of professionalism shown by the home team. It was like they simply were going through the motions. No real hustle, no chatter, there was definitely a noticeable lack of fire and energy. My humble opinion is that Gardenhire has already been under-the-table informed he'll be back, and the same goes for Anderson and company, though Ryan might fire the ball-boy. Once school starts in a few weeks these weeknight games are really going to be yawners with the emotion shown last night by the Twins. I agree totally with the comment above, the title of MANAGER is for a reason beyond holding up the dugout rail.

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sportcity444Aug. 14, 13 6:53 AM

Buried at the bottom of this story is the fact that the Twins got the Dodgers' 14th best prospect for Drew Butera! I'll take that any day of the week. As for the Twins performance, their games are so predictable it's not even fun anymore. The pitching is so dreadful that it gets all the headlines, but the bats are almost as bad. Wake me up when Albers is pitching again, at this point there's no other reason to watch. Here's hoping that Deduno doesn't get too discouraged.

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aphlolAug. 14, 13 8:05 AM

No 'power surge' last night? Wind must have been blowing in.

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elcerritoAug. 14, 13 9:09 AM

Is it actually possible that Gardenhire could be brought back next season? Is this market so invested in mediocrity that that might happen? Truly and completely unbelievable...

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jachesteAug. 14, 13 9:19 AM

@Sportcity and all: About the trade that send Butera to the Dodgers. I checked into who we acquired because I was a bit surprised too. Miguel Sulbaran is a 19 years old left hander, he's slight of build (5' 10" and about 185 pounds), throws a fastball in the low 90's, has 3 good/quality pitches, and has improved in his 2 years at "A" ball. He's considered an end of the rotation guy, or a potential bull pen guy at the major league level, but he definitely is a prospect. The Dodger boards are lit up about how they got fleeced in this deal. I guess a quality defensive catcher who calls a good game is what the Dodgers coveted. Hopefully, this young man will eventually be in a Twins uniform and it works in our favor. Time will tell I guess but certainly on paper, it looks like a good move by our squad.

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