Twins plagued by errors, mental mistakes

May 18th, 2016

DETROIT -- After two Tigers batters, it was clear the Twins were pressing.

Ian Kinsler singled to lead off the bottom of the first, and a throwing error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez moved him to second. J.D. Martinez followed with a single to left field that easily scored Kinsler, but Eddie Rosario threw home and allowed Martinez to take second.

The Twins committed three errors and numerous mistakes in a 6-3 loss Wednesday, giving the Tigers a sweep and dropping Minnesota to 10-29 on the season.

"It goes back to everyone trying to do more than the situation calls for," manager Paul Molitor said. "I talked to Eddie about the throw home in the first inning. He knows a guy has to freeze on a line drive, but there's still a small percentage chance of a making a play there. To lose the force and have the guy advance -- those are plays we can't watch."

In the third inning, right fielder Miguel Sano misplayed a bloop hit by Justin Upton, allowing him to reach second on an error. In the fourth, starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco threw an errant pickoff attempt, allowing Cameron Maybin to move from first to third, and he scored on a two-out hit.

"It was kind of embarrassing," second baseman Brian Dozier said of the mistakes. "Running bases, hitting cutoff men, keeping double plays in order, the little things that make a ballclub good. It was exposed today that we did a lot of things wrong."

In the seventh, Rosario stood on second with two outs and Joe Mauer at the plate, and he stole third on his own, without an order from his manager. Mauer later stuck out, and Rosario was replaced in the game by Darin Mastroianni.

Asked if he was sending a message to Rosario, Molitor would only say he wanted him out of the game at that time.

"It goes back to one of those things where you get caught up in the moment and you do something that has no impact on the game," Molitor said. "We're trailing by four with two outs in the seventh and we have our best hitter up there. The risk a hundredfold is greater than the reward."

The Twins are already more than 13 games out of first place in the American League Central and 19 games under .500. They won their first road series of the season at Cleveland over the weekend, but followed it up by getting swept in a three-game series for the seventh time this year.

"It was a tough trip," Mauer said. "Today was tough, making those errors out there. This is the big leagues. No one's going to give you a break. You've got to keep going out there, keep grinding it out. Today, we were a little flat. The Tigers took advantage of it."