MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are getting nearly all of their runs via the long ball these days. And that’s a problem as they continue to go nowhere in the AL Central.
Josh Willingham homered for the Twins in the second inning of a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. It was Minnesota’s 23rd straight run from a home run – an MLB record. Unable to muster much else in the way of offense, the end result was a loss.
“We can’t rely on home runs all the time,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Twice the Twins got a man to third base with one out, and twice that man was on third when the inning ended.
“It’s nice when we hit them, but we’re going to have to drive in some of these runs with less than two outs and a man’s on third,” Gardenhire said. “Unfortunately we didn’t do it again tonight.”
And as good at the homer has been for the Twins, a Cleveland long ball burned them Tuesday.
The Indians led 3-1 in the sixth when Twins starter Samuel Deduno (7-6) hit Carlos Santana in the toe with a pitch. Plate umpire Adam Hamari initially ruled that Deduno’s pitch didn’t hit him, but awarded Santana first base after conferring with the rest of his crew and changing the call.