MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire had a scathing assessment of Ricky Nolasco.
Nolasco allowed six runs and seven hits in a season-low two innings, and the Twins couldn’t overcome a nine-run deficit in a 9-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.
“He did nothing,” Gardenhire said. “He didn’t have anything. Nothing was coming out of his hand. They hit everything he threw up there.”
Nolasco (5-7), signed to $49 million, four-year contract, has a 5.90 ERA, the highest among 93 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues. He is 1-2 with a 6.53 ERA in his last six starts.
Minnesota lost for the 10th time in 13 games and is last in the AL Central at 39-48 as it prepares to host the All-Star game on July 15.