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Minnesota Twins Can’t Hold Lead Again, Lose to Toronto Blue Jays

October 2nd, 2012 at 11:23 AM
By Michael Rath

The Minnesota Twins yet again could not hold onto a lead as they lost in the tenth to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 at the Rogers Centre last night.  Esmerling Vasquez pitched 5.2 innings and allowed only three earned runs as he was in line for the win, but the Twins fell just short of that.

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Twins scored four unanswered runs to give them a 4-1 lead over the Jays.  This was thanks large in part to Trevor Plouffe who drilled a two run homer (24) in the top of the second and then an RBI double in the top of the third.  Plouffe was 2-3 with three RBI and a walk in this game as his average soars to .236.

After Vasquez exited the game, the score was 4-3, and Alex Burnett came in, struck out the last batter of the bottom of the sixth, and then the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh.  Burnett then gave up a single to Brett Lawrie, was taken out, and then Tyler Robertson came in to face the left hander Adam Lind, and Lind knocked a double to left field to score Lawrie to pull the score to within one.  The Twins had scored a run on an RBI single by Jamey Carroll in the top of the seventh.

Let's fast forward to the bottom of the ninth.  Glen Perkins comes in to close the game out for the save.  Everything was working out fine as he struck out the first two batters on eight pitches.  However, one bad pitch to Yan Gomes tied the game up as he hit out his fourth homer of the season.  This was Perkins fourth blown save of the year, and he would end up striking out the side.

The Twins would have the bases loaded in the top of the tenth with one out, but Drew Butera would pop out and then Pedro Florimon would strike out.  What else is new?

The bottom of the tenth would be much better for the Jays.  Brian Duensing (4-12) recorded the first out, but then allowed a single to Adeiny Hechavarria.  After a wild pitch that moved Hechavarria to second, J.P. Arencibia would strike out, and be called out for batter interference.  Jays Manager John Farrell would argue the call and then be ejected, which obviously worked because the next batter, Anthony Gose, knocked Hechavarria in on a single to win the game.

The Twins play again today at 6:07 CT as Anthony Swarzak toes the rubber against Chad Jenkins.

Tags: anthony swarzak, Baseball, Brian Duensing, Drew Butera, Esmerling Vasquez, Glen Perkins, jamey carroll, Minnesota, Minnesota Twins, MLB, Pedro Florimon, Trevor Plouffe, Tyler Robertson

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