Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Minnesota’s Ten-Run Collapse Shows Vulnerability and Necessity

Monday night in Oakland, the Minnesota Twins seemed to have everything going their way, for awhile at least.

This year’s de facto ace, Nick Blackburn was on the hill and the offense was firing on all cylinders. Blackburn was given a ten run lead in the third inning and then—along with the bullpen—promptly coughed it up.

The Twins rallied to put more runs on the board, but no matter what they did, the Athletics—yes, those Athletics—answered with a run-scoring salvo of their own.

When the game went final—over 3 ½ hours later—the Twins had allowed the lowly Athletics to come back and win the game 14-13.

Admittedly, the game ended on a blown call at the plate as Michael Cuddyer was blatantly safe with what should have been the tying run.

The problem is that the blown call didn’t cost the Twins the game.

Yet again, awful pitching cost the Twins the game.

Read the rest of the article at BleacherReport.

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