Sloppy play costs Twins, who lose again to Brewers 5-4
Logan Morrison had just hustled to second with a leadoff double in the sixth inning, giving the Twins a great scoring opportunity.
Then he was caught flat-footed as Brewers reliever Dan Jennings spun around threw to Orlando Arcia, who sneaked in behind Morrison to cover second. And the Twins slugger picked him off.
The moment was emblematic of the night the Twins had during a 5-4 loss to the Brewers. Christian Yelichs home run off Addison Reed in the eighth was the deciding run.
In addition to Morrison getting picked off, there were errors, wild pitches, missed plays and hitters providing worm-burners for Brewers infielders to convert to double plays. The Twins struck out 14 times, including nine of the last 11 batters.
The Twins now have lost five of their last seven games, with Saturdays perhaps being their most poorly played. Milwaukee has won the first two games of this three-game series and will eye a win on Sunday to complete the sweep.
Twins manager Paul Molitor is trying to hold things together until his injured and suspended players can return to action. But for every sign of progress like Miguel Sano finally heading out on a minor league rehabilitation and Ervin Santana getting close to pitching in a minor league rehabilitation game someone like Joe Mauer lands on the disabled list because of a sore neck and concussion symptoms.
The Twins were down four starters on Saturday when they faced Milwaukee, but that should not be used as an excuse for their play.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the first when Lorenzo Cain walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Twins righthander Fernando Romero. Twins catcher Bobby Wilson tried to throw Cain out at second, but his throw deflected off Cain for an error, and Cain advanced to third. He then scored on a sacrifice fly.
Wilson atoned for that error with a two-run double in the second, but Jesus Aguilar blasted a 416-foot homer in the fourth the Brewers first hit of the game to tie the game at 2-2.
Twins outfielder Jake Cave, playing in his first major league game, struck a two-run homer into the drink rail section in right to give the Twins a 4-2 lead and provide a thrill for the family members who flew in from Virginia for the game.
Then the Twins went back to giving things away.
Jonathan Villar led off the fifth with a sharp grounder to Eduardo Escobar at third, but Escobar saw the ball deflect off him for an infield hit. Villar scored on Manny Villas double to right, and Villa eventually scored when Romeo uncorked a wild pitch, making the game 4-4.
Then Yelich connected on a 2-1 pitch from Reed to provide the game-winning blow.