By Joe Christensen
SARASOTA — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire tried dwelling on the positives after Thursday’s 6-1 loss to Cincinnati.
Righthanders Scott Baker, Matt Guerrier, Pat Neshek, Julio DePaula and Casey Daigle all had scoreless outings and pitched well. But the two lefties — Glen Perkins and Ricky Barrett — each surrendered three runs.
“Perk got the ball up,” Gardenhire said. “It was just up, up, up with everything. You saw the results. That was basically a wind-blown home run [by Jerry Gil], but he still got the ball up. Same with Ricky. Ricky got behind, had the ball up in the zone and that’s what you always see happen. When guys are up in the zone, it always ends up in runs.”
Regarding that potential first-inning double play ball, which Harris failed to turn, Gardenhire said, “He just released it a little high. The guy [Ryan Freel] was on him, but still, that’s a double play ball.”
The Twins finished with five hits, and their only run scored on an error.
“We hit some balls hard,” Gardenhire said. “Not many hits, but we hit some balls hard. Guys looked like they were ready to go. The good thing is for the most part, with the exception of a couple guys, we threw the ball good.”
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