Twins slide into 0-2 hole after 11th-inning homer

Not surprisingly, the Minnesota Twins are in an 0-2 hole in their best-of-5 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees following Friday’s loss.

But somewhat surprisingly, the Twins had as good a chance to win as they could ask for during their 4-3 loss in 11 innings.

The Twins had plenty of baserunners, but they continued to struggle with runners in scoring position. They left 17 baserunners on base in Friday’s game alone.

Carlos Gomez‘s baserunning gaffe stands out among the Twins’ mistakes Friday, but their inability to produce with the bases loaded in nobody out in the top of the 11th proved to be their undoing.

Yes, the left-field umpire can be blamed for blowing the call on what should have been a Joe Mauer double but instead was ruled foul (Mauer later singled). But nevertheless, bases loaded an nobody out, and you can’t get a run? That’s not the fundamentally sound Twins that fans are used to hearing about.

Joe Nathan‘s inability to close the door in the ninth burned the Twins too.I’ve mentioned before that something just doesn’t seem right about Nathan since that 50-pitch outing against Kansas City in August. That’s now six homers allowed since his lengthy Aug. 21 appearance, which as I’ve stated before would be a career-high for a whole season for him since joining the Twins. And he’s given up that total in just six weeks or so.

My guess is after the season something will come out regarding Nathan’s arm, like some sort of an injury or something.

Now the Twins head back to the Metrodome, no doubt feeling deflated by two straight losses following their thrilling victory in the one-game playoff.

While it’s no surprise the Twins are in this spot, they definitely left some runs on the table on Friday.

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