The twins’ quest to pull themselves out of the American League Central basement took a minor hit Sunday.
Not that it really matters, of course. His reward for taking himself out of last place will, after all, be a slightly worse draft pick.
But the goal for the rest of the season is to win as many games as possible and take a look at some of the younger players in the process, and the Twins completed one, but not the other, falling 5–3 to Kansas City at Target Field. . , leaving them two games behind the fourth-placed Royals.
Starting pitcher Bailey Ober conceded three runs in 4 1/3 innings, throwing 75 pitches. This is slightly up from the 59 pitches he bowled in his previous debut. Ober, who received 16 blows in the game, including eight swings and missed his four-seamer, moved into fifth after allowing a pair of singles.
Jovani Moran came, who was called on Saturday. Moran, a potential bullpen piece for the twins going into the future, allowed a double that was dropped by Whit Merrifield in proper field, allowing the inherited runner to score.
The rest of his outing saw him running with a pair of batsmen at the start of the 1 1/3-innings and dismissing two.
The 24-year-old lefty is the No. 26 prospect per MLB Pipeline Twins, and posted a 2.41 earned run average between Double-A Wichita and Triple-A St. Paul this season. Moran had 0.89 WHIP (walks and hits per innings) in the minors.
Using a two-out, base-loaded double from Brent Rooker, the Twins leveled the score at 3-3 in the sixth inning.
But Kansas City fell apart in the later inning, scoring a run off Jorge Alcala and Juan Minaya in both the eighth and ninth, while the Twins’ offense was kept quiet. The Twins ended the day with only six hits, scoring 1 for 8 with the runners in the scoring position.