The twins had a chance on Tuesday night, but they rarely seized it.
Well, actually one. They ended the night with a score of 8 to 1, and in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, which was more deeply rebuilt than Minnesota, this shot did not score.
In the league between teams that traded some of the best players before the deadline, it felt as if the twins would control and abandon a Cubs team. The team started with three rookies and two other players. They played a total of 55 major league games this season.
It shouldn’t be.
“We have a lot of opportunities, different people, different situations,” said Roco Baldelli, the twins manager. “But it feels like no matter what we try to do today, we haven’t executed and completed it at an important moment. Of course we can score more than once.”
Jorge Polanco’s sacrifice allowed the Cubs starter Zach Davis to defeat the starter Luis Arraez in the first game, but the Twins never encountered anything else against the five Cubs pitchers. .
Rookie Frank Schwendel beat the twins starter John Gunter (4-9) in the first inning to hit a single home run, and Ian Harp hit a home run in the eighth inning for Gloucester Tilba , Because the Cubs won the first goal in the two series with 22,224 bipartisan spectators.
Chicago is the Shell of the team that briefly won first place in the middle of the National League this season, let alone the 2016 World Series champion. Those who were traded in July were heavy hitter Anthony Rizzo, 2016 NL MVP Chris Bryant and outstanding shortstop Javie Baez, all of whom helped Chicago end the 108-year series drought. Craig Kimbrel, who was closer, had 24 saves and was also dealt with.
The twins faded early and used the July 30 trade deadline to bring designated batter Nelson Cruz (who leads the team in home runs and batting) and their best starter Jose Berrios Exchange for prospects.
They also traded left-hander JA Happ to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for the Gantt team. Despite the effective pitching, Gantt lost the game-three hits and two points, five innings without a walk. He struck out, but fell behind 0-3 in Minnesota.
“I feel good about outings. It feels very smooth there,” Gantt said. “I don’t think a home run is a bad pitch. It’s just a good blow. It’s down, two seams, and there is some action on it. Man, just a good blow is there.
“In my opinion, I think I keep the team in a position where I can stay close. This is the name of the starting game.”
Manuel Rodriguez (3-2) won with two rounds of uninterrupted relief, even though he walked two rounds, and Rowenwick won his first in his eighth appearance of the season. The second save, this season began with his training in the spring that exacerbated the muscle damage of the ribs.
The twins got the excellent performance of rescuer Taylor Duffy in the seventh game. The right-hander inherited the base-loaded, unqualified situation from Juan Minaya, and got rid of the three batsmen he faced-all swinging.
In the halftime of the Twins game, Max Kepler started walking, but Miguel Sano subsequently fouled the first. Baldley then sent three consecutive pinches to the plate. Jack Cave struck out on four courts, Ryan Refsnyder singled to the right, and Nick Gordon bounced back to second with a tie for second base.
In the eighth inning, the Twins scored a first base against the rescuer Codi Heuer-Arraez ranked third in the singles center of Byron Buxton.
But the left-hander Adam Morgan came in to face the left-hander and hit Kepler and made him suddenly appear on the right. Cubs second baseman Matt Duffy let the receiver run away, but turned around and fired a shot at receiver Robinson Chirinos, and when he tried to score on the tag, he easily caught Araz.
Sano, who had been hot in August, was on the deck.
“We have never had the opportunity to do anything here, but we will learn from it,” Bardelli said. “And we have the opportunity to swing ahead with someone who can hit the ball out of the court. … I think if we can do it again, we will do different things. But this is an aggressive game.”