Skip to main content

Bullpen blows it, Baldelli tossed in Twins' loss to Blue Jays

By bullpen, we mean Adalberto Mejia.
C.J. Cron

One swing of the bat by slugger C.J. Cron looked like it would be enough to boost the Twins to a win in the first of a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night at Target Field, but it wasn't to be as the bullpen let Minnesota down late. 

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning, Cron drilled a hanging breaking ball deep into the second deck in left field to put the Twins up 3-1. 

It was the second homer of the season and second in as many days for Cron, who is in his first season with the Twins after smacking 30 homers for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. 

Minnesota held the two-run lead until the eighth inning when left-hander Adalberto Mejia gave up four runs on four hits, including a long, upper-deck 3-run homer to Teoscar Hernandez that gave Toronto a 5-3 lead. 

Mejia has now allowed eight earned runs in 7.2 innings out of the bullpen this season. 

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected for the first time in his managerial career when he argued a foul ball during Cron's at-bat in the bottom of the eight. Cron swung through a pitch with two strikes and was called out on a strikeout despite the ball hitting his hand. 

Prior to Mejia's struggles, the Twins got a solid performance in Martin Perez's first start of the season. The veteran lefty allowed one run on seven hits and two outs while striking out five over six good innings. 

Game two of the series starts at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. 

Next Up

Tettegouche State Park bridge

Trails reopen as waters subside, but bridges damaged at Tettegouche State Park

Water levels on the river have dropped about six to eight feet since Friday.

Keith Harvell

Body pulled from Mississippi River ID'd as missing Elk River man

Keith Harvell had been missing since early last month.

900 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2021

2 victims identified in double-fatal north Minneapolis shooting

A 21-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were identified as the people who died at the scene this past weekend.

Proctor football

Former Proctor HS football player pleads guilty to sexual assault of teammate

The case will also remain in juvenile court, with conditions.

Doug Wardlow

Doug Wardlow reneges on promise, will challenge GOP's AG candidate in primary

Wardlow's announcement sparked swift criticism from the MN GOP and the party-endorsed candidate, Jim Schultz.

Flickr - welcome to minnesota sign - Tony Webster

US News '150 Best Places to Live' features 1 from MN, 3 from WI

The latest US News list is for the most populous metro areas only, so no small towns.


7 tornadoes touched down last week in western MN, ND

Two of the seven were EF-2 level tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, May 17

72 hours of case data reported over the weekend is included in Tuesday updates.

Stallings surveillance footage - screengrab - crop

City of Minneapolis, Jaleel Stallings reach $1.5M settlement

Although a settlement was made, the city will not admit fault or take any responsibility for the incident as part of the agreement with Stallings.


2 rescued after kayaks capsize on Sauk River

Recent heavy rainfall produced a strong currents on the water.


Baldelli unveils possible Opening Day batting order

Max Kepler is leading off in Baldelli's lineup.

Miguel Sano

Sano nearing return, how will Baldelli change the lineup?

Minnesota is one of the most powerful teams in baseball without Sano.

C.J. Cron

Twins put up 10 runs in win over Mariners; bullpen shaky again

The bullpen had another rough day at the ballpark.

Screen Shot 2019-05-08 at 9.08.30 PM

Twins launch 4 homers to complete sweep in Toronto

Kyle Gibson struck out 11 in six innings of work.

Screen Shot 2019-04-17 at 6.39.09 AM

Watch: Twins lose to Blue Jays on game-ending play at the plate

It's the first time this season the Twins have lost two in a row.

Nelson Cruz

Record breakers: Twins set MLB single-season HR mark

No team has slugged as many homers in a season as the 2019 Twins.

Rocco Baldelli named new manager of the Twins

Baldelli is 37 years old and this will be his first time as a manager.

Twins finalize 25-man roster for Opening Day

Willians Astudillo and Tyler Austin both made the team.