That's the only word I can think of for last night's performance by the Twins. Embarrassing. It's one thing to get shut down by the Rays. They have legitimately good pitchers. Last night the Twins managed one hit over seven innings while facing Nobody No-One.
This was the worst loss the Twins have had for a long time. Yes, they've lost by more runs. They've been shut out. But last night they were shut down by a pitcher who doesn't even belong in the big leagues. Yes, I know that this happens once in a while, that anybody can have a great game once. I know all about Bobo Hollimon's no-hitter and all that stuff. But this was still embarrassing. This was reminiscent of the day in 2007 when they were shut down by Jimmy Levale Speigner. It's just as well that nobody bothered to put up a game log, because this game didn't deserve one. The Twins batters ought to be ashamed of themselves.
One batter who doesn't have to be ashamed is Kendrys Morales, who was traded to Seattle just in time to avoid this debacle. in return the Twins got Stephen Pryor, a pitcher who looked really good in 2012, got hurt, missed most of 2013, and hasn't done a lot in 2014. He turned 25 the day before yesterday. It's anyone's guess what he'll do, but getting anything for Morales is really a win for the Twins. Even if he gets things going on offense, he wasn't likely to be a Twin after this season anyway. If Pryor heals and gets good, well, good job Terry Ryan. If not, well, he really didn't cost much of anything.
Pryor was sent to Rochester, so the Twins needed someone on the twenty-five man roster. They called up Jorge Polanco again to do that. I don't really understand why. They don't need a shortstop at the moment, and Polanco really hasn't shown that he's ready to play in the big leagues. Yes, he's on the forty-man roster, and yes, it may just be a temporary thing until Mauer comes back, but even so, why Polanco? Why not bring back Josmil Pinto to DH? Why not give Kennys Vargas a taste of the big leagues for a few days? If it is just a few days, then in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter much, but still, you'd like to think the Twins have reasons for the things they do. This just strikes me as kind of a lazy move made at random. I don't get it.
As you know if you paid attention to the game, Phil Hughes left one batter into the fourth inning after taking an Adam Dunn comebacker off his leg. I'm reading this morning that X-rays were negative and that he hopes to make his next start.
After last night's game, I'm about as down regarding this team as I've been for some time. The good news is, it's baseball. Every day is a new day. We'll start out tonight with a score of 0-0, and anything might happen. The Twins might come out and score twelve runs tonight and make things look totally different. Tonight might start that season-ending sixty-one game winning streak. We'll just have to settle for 107-55!