Offensive Letdown Ends Minnesota Twins' Winning Streak

Phil Hughes
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In their previous three games the Minnesota Twins had outscored their opponents 21-5, but on Tuesday night they fell to the Toronto Blue Jays because of the always inevitable offensive letdown. The Twins have managed to score the third-most runs in the majors this season, but their team batting average is merely ok, and with no true power threat they were bound to hit a wall.

The Twins’ starting rotation had turned in three straight solid outings heading into the Tuesday night matchup, and although Phil Hughes was dealing through five innings, the sixth gave him trouble as he began missing high and was bounced from the game after facing four batters and failing to record a single out.

While Hughes’ collapse was the determining factor in the Twins’ loss, the lack of offensive production was the real reason they were unable to keep the game competitive. They scored a run in both the first and second inning, continuing the trend of putting runs on the board early, but then recorded just three hits after the third and surrendered nine unanswered runs.

The only player who hit well for the Twins was right fielder Chris Colabello, who finished 3-5 at the plate with an RBI double that initially put them on the board. Trevor Plouffe was able to hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth — his first of the season — but him, along with Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier, stranded a total of 10 runners on base.

The Twins’ three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night because of the 9-3 loss, but they’re back in action Wednesday with Mike Pelfrey on the mound. Pelfrey has yet to prove his worth in a Twins uniform, but his opponent on the mound is R.A. Dickey, who has a 5.30 ERA this season and should provide the Twins plenty of opportunities to get their offense back on track.

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