Twins Swept By Texas, Fall To 2-7

Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 8:22 am

Two teams clearly headed in opposite directions squared off yesterday at Target Field, and the surging Texas Rangers ended up besting the Twins 4-3. Minnesota was hoping to win at least one game in this three-game series, and for a while it looked like they had a chance.

New right fielder Clete Thomas shined in his Twins debut; Thomas helped the twins take a 2-1 lead in the fifth a big home run to deep right-center. Thomas showed some much needed power for the Twins yesterday, and also had some solid moments in the field. He drove in Josh WIllingham on the homer, which came just one day after the Twins picked him up. One inning later, Jamie Carrol would add to the Twins lead with an RBI Single and Minnesota would take a 3-1 lead under gloomy skies at Target Field.

Sadly, the lead wouldn’t last. In the eighth, Texas put together a three-run inning capped off by a huge blast from the studly Josh Hamilton, who also hit one out against the Twins on Saturday.

To rub a little salt in the wound, ex-Twin Joe Nathan came on and got the save for Texas. The Twins have now fallen to 2-7 on the season, and with upcoming series’ against the Yankees, the Rays and Red Sox, these guys better get things figured out quickly. The Twins will face the Yankees on Monday night on 100.9 Cool County – first pitch is scheduled for 6:05.

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