Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings was the 11th loss in 12 games for the reeling Twins, and manager Paul Molitor is growing increasingly frustrated with poor execution.
"We're kind of getting what we deserve in some ways," a clearly frustrated Molitor said after the game, via TwinsBaseball.com. "We're not finding ways to play clean baseball. And it's been biting us big time. You can point to the some of the positive things going, but it seems like every time we make a mistake, it's compounded by two or three more."
In Monday's loss to the Blue Jays, Lance Lynn couldn't throw strikes and a big run scored on a wild pitch. The same thing happened Tuesday in when young right-handed reliever John Curtiss threw a pair of wild pitches, including a slider he spiked into the dirt in front of home plate that allowed Toronto to score the go-ahead run in the 10th.
Same thing for Addison Reed, the Twins' lights out set-up man who walked the leadoff batter in the eighth inning and then gave up the game-tying double.
"These nights are tough. You've got to find a way to sort through it and replay it and mix in some rest if you can," said Molitor. "Then come back as best you can and energize yourself and put together something you hope will work."
Minnesota started the season 7-4 and is now 9-16, and on Wednesday they'll put their faith in right-hander Fernando Romero as he makes his first major league start.
A win could be energizing. A loss would be their 13th in 15 games and send them into a 10-game road trip more frustrated than they already are.