May's outing turns sour at first glance
Gives up 6 runs, commits error while getting one out
MILWAUKEE -- Trevor May's stellar month of June on the mound ended on a sour note Friday against the Brewers. The Twins right-hander, who had allowed just five runs over four starts in the month, was knocked around for six runs before he could record a second out in the Twins' 10-4 loss at Miller Park.
May was pulled from the game with one out after Brewers starter Kyle Lohse put the sixth run on the board with a bunt that scored Jean Segura. It was the shortest start for a Twins pitcher since P.J. Walters was unable to get an out during a 2012 start.
"I felt the velocity was there," May said afterward. "There were a couple of good pitches hit. Sometimes things are going to fall for the other team and you have to do your best to limit the damage. I didn't limit any of it."
The nightmare inning for May began with a Gerardo Parra home run that bounced of center fielder Shane Robinson's glove and into the Brewers' bullpen. It turned out to be a sign of things to come.
After three straight hits following the Parra homer, May could've gotten out of the inning with only two runs given up, but an unusual mistake on his part kept the inning alive. With runners on first and second, Carlos Gomez hit a check-swing grounder back to May, who turned to second to potentially turn a double play, but instead hesitated and fired the ball into center field, allowing Braun to score.
"For whatever reason, maybe I sped the game up on myself a little bit," May said of the play. "On that one, I should've matched up with [Brian] Dozier. He was there waiting at second, but I picked up [Eduardo] Nunez. When you have the wrong target, it's tough to be fully committed to throwing to him."
"He had a chance to get out of the inning, possibly 2-1, and he gets a check-swing comebacker, looks at third and he forgot who was covering," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It just put us in a hole."
The one-out start was a career low for the 25-year old May, and his ERA jumped from 4.03 to 4.62. He entered the game with an impressive 1.88 ERA in June.
"It's my job to get deep into games and give us the best chance of winning, and I didn't do either one of those things," May said. "It's not anyone's fault but my own."