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Minnesota Twins’ Bullpen Cannot Hold Lead, Lose Final Game to Detroit Tigers

September 30th, 2012 at 9:49 PM
By Michael Rath

The Minnesota Twins couldn't hold onto a late lead as they lost the finale to the Detroit Tigers 2-1 at Target Field today.  Liam Hendriks pitched seven shut out innings, but it would not be enough as he once again got screwed out of a win.

'Joe Mauer' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

With the Twins leading 1-0 after the seventh inning, the Twins pulled Hendriks in favor of the very reliable Jared Burton (3-2).  Burton would allow a lead off single to Austin Jackson, but would then get the next two batters out, including Miguel Cabrera, who went 0-3 on the day.  However, the problem with the Tigers' lineup is that once you get Cabrera out, there is another slugger up next in Prince Fielder.  Fielder proved just that as he hit his 30th home run to take the lead 2-1.  It was Burton's fourth blown save, and yet again, Hendriks came up short in a solid outing.

The Twins only run came off of a one out single by Pedro Florimon to drive in Trevor Plouffe who was on second base after a sacrifice bunt by Alexi Casilla.  Other than that, the Twins were 1-11 with runners in scoring position, not a surprising number for this Twins' offense this year.

Joe Mauer went 3-4 today to bring his batting average up to .323, just .002 points under Cabrera's .325 batting average.  It is getting very close as the season winds down to it's final three games.

With this loss, the Twins dropped the season series to the AL Central division leaders as they went 8-10.  Not a bad total considering how badly they have played all year.  The Twins just need to forget about this season and move on.

Tags: Alexi Casilla, Baseball, Jared Burton, Joe Mauer, Liam Hendriks, miguel cabrera, Minnesota, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Trevor Plouffe

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