July. 28 — Twins do not know yet how lengthy they will remain without the most reliable arm in bulls. Taylor Rogers left Monday night’s bout with his left middle finger and paused for a second – and possibly third – opinion.
What they do know is that they will need others to step up in his absence and so far, this has proven to be a firm task.
It turned out similarly on Tuesday as it did the night prior, as the twins watched the lead disappear in the ninth inning on Detroit soil. Miguel Cabrera’s 11th singles quarterback Jorge Alcala led the Tigers to a 6-5 triumph at Target Field.
“It’s not much more firm anymore,” coach Rocco Baldeli said. “Losing today, it hurts a lot… The game is not really forgiving, you have to go out and triumph it. We have to play nine pleasing roles to triumph.”
And on Tuesday, they didn’t.
While the Twins ended up winning Monday’s game in extra innings, they first watched their ninth-inning supremacy dissipate as Alexandre Colomé ran two parallel runs. This time, they entered ninth place by four rounds. By the time Hansel Robles was walking down the hill next to assistant sports coach Massa Abe, the Tigers had tied the match in a Grand Slam by catcher Eric Haas.
That was the end of the lead that the twins had held since their first Grand Slam by Mitch Garver, drawing boos from the target crowd.
Baldeli said he believed Robles was dealing with a heat-related illness and was feeling better following coming home and calming down.
The twins weren’t without opportunities of their own, loading the bases into the base 10th place prior Max Kepler and Miguel Sano hit the blow. Before those two hits, catcher Mitch Garver hit the right wrist area with a mistaken kick. He left the game immediately feeling palpable pain. Baldeli said the x-rays were negative, and he suffers a bruise every day.
Detroit’s late comeback stripped triumph from the start of the season by Kenta Maeda, who cut his July triumph rate to 2.15 with another powerful start following a firm start to his season.
The only race that Maeda gave up in his 6 1/3 runs came in third when he allowed a home run to previous potential twin Akil Baddoo. But other than that, he was economical on his court and did a pleasing job of limiting his hurt, taking double plays to finish each of the first two rounds.
“That’s what we’ve seen of him recently,” Baldeli said. “It’s just pleasing walk following pleasing walk. I think he’s found himself more than once recently.”
Maeda, who had a 5.56 ERA entered the month of July, hit 36 hits in his five starts in July, walked six and crossed hits with an average of 200 lesser hits per month.
“When bad matches happened beforetime in the season, it was firm for me to be on the right mental side of the game,” Maeda said. “My mechanics were a little off. All these little things stopped, but things have gradually improved since our Kansas City picnic (on July 4th) and here I am today.”
Maeda’s powerful start and a quick start by the twins – singles from Jorge Polanco and Brent Rucker, as well as Josh Donaldson’s run that preceded Garver’s first Grand Slam career – put the twins in pleasing standing for a triumph that will never come.
“(The match) was at our fingertips, we had all the chances in the world to triumph that triumph, and we couldn’t finish it,” Baldeli said. “And that will happen. And we will just persevere. We will not look back. This is a very firm night for everyone.”