By Joe Christensen
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called this one, “A tale of two games.”
He said he wondered how he was going to explain all his team’s defensive atrocities (OK, that’s my word). Notably:
(*) Mike Lamb played Billy Butler’s chopper into a base hit to start the fourth inning. Lamb was too deliberate there and seemed to get his feet tangled before making a poor throw.
(*) Delmon Young was charged with his first of two errors with the throw home on David DeJesus’ single. Lamb was the cutoff man, and Gardenhire thought Lamb should have grabbed it.
(*) No excuse for Young missing Alex Gordon’s fly ball that inning, however.
Carryover from a tough week?
“I don’t even know how to answer that question,” Gardenhire said. “He just missed a fly ball. I don’t know what carryover is. This is the big leagues.”
OK, about that comeback
Gardenhire said he was really pleased with the at-bats in the ninth. The hitters went to the plate and took a strike, except for Craig Monroe who missed a take sign and swung at a 3-0 pitch. Monroe fouled that one off and certainly made up for it two pitches later.
Asked if it was hard pulling hot-hitting Alexi Casilla for Monroe, Gardenhire said, “I knew Lexi’s going to give a good at-bat and take pitches and work the count. But you’re also looking for a bomb there, too.
“I mean, how many times are you going to get two-out base hits in a row? I know Lexi’s got two three-run homers or something like that, but I think Monroe is a little more accomplished hitter, and has a chance to hit a mistake if you get one up, and he did.”
Monroe was on the bench even though he has better numbers than anybody on the team against Zack Greinke (7-for-18 with two homers and five RBI).
“I told him you were probably supposed to play today anyway,” Gardenhire said. “That’s probably why he hit a home run. I think probably the game owed him that home run.”