By La Velle
The Twins didn’t hide their unhappiness with second baseman Alexi Casilla after he made three mistakes during a 9-0 loss to the Tigers.
Casilla made an error and didn’t throw home to catch a slow runner in the second inning, then ran to first base with the bat in his hands after popping up in the eighth inning.
“We have a relay down the first base line where we have a chance to throw a guy out at home plate,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The guy catches the ball, drops his head and looks around. Now we have no chance. The baserunner was a catcher at first base. That’s not knowing the game. That’s getting old. So we’ll work on this.”
Even Twins first baseman Justin Morneau mentioned the mistake.
“We can’t keep making the excuse that we’re a young team when we are making a lot of mistakes,’’ he said. “A lot of them are mental mistakes that don’t show up as errors, like not thinking to throw the ball home. Not thinking of the play ahead of time before it happens.”
Gardenhire over the weekend said he was willing give Casilla a little more time to straighten things out. But, in addition to struggling at the plate, he’s making mistakes in the field. Even during my live chat on Monday, I felt that Gardy would give Casilla every chance. The mistakes haven’t ended.
Matt Tolbert struggled early at Class AAA Rochester but is batting .414 with a double, two triples and 7 RBI over his last six games.
I won’t be surprised to see Tolbert in the clubhouse when I get to Camden Yards later this morning (don’t ask, this is the not-so-glamorous part of the gig).
Gardenhire had a lot to say after the game about the state of the team:
“A bad night,” he said. “You prepare for a ballgame then you come out and start out like that, you wonder how we prepared. We go out and we do all our work, we take bp, we take our ground balls, we take our fly balls. And then nothing really good happened out there.
“I don’t know many unearned…I think at least three of the nine that Blackie gave up were unearned. We just played terrible behind him but, still, he’s got to pitch. To go back out there and give up three more like he did, he didn’t make any pitches. Whether he was frustrated or not you still have to try to get through it and eat innings out there.
“Just a bad night all the way around. We missed plays, just too many of them. And it’s just not us…and it is us because we were the ones out on the field. ”