May 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (KNSI) –In his first at bat as a Twin, an Erik Komatsu single helped Minnesota avoid the negative side of history, though the Twins still fell to Jered Weaver and the Angels 8-3 Monday night, dropping to 7-21 on the season.
The first of two Komatsu singles in the game ended a string of 11 hitless innings for Weaver against Minnesota. Komatsu, claimed off waivers from St. Louis last week, also helped deliver the first Minnesota run of the game, breaking up a double play ball off the bat of Denard Span to allow the run to score in the fifth. Despite losing his no-hitter, Weaver held the twins in check, issuing just three hits and two walks to Minnesota over six innings. Chris Parmalee singled and scored in two at bats against Weaver.
Francisco Liriano struggled in his sixth start of the season, needing 90 pitches to get through just five innings, with four earned runs allowed. The Twins left-hander lost his command at times throughout the game, walking three and striking out four. Monday marks the fifth time this season Liriano has failed to pitch into the sixth inning.
In his Major League debut, prospect Brian Dozier, went 1-4 with a single and a run scored after his call-up Monday from Triple-A Rochester. Dozier, batting in the number two spot, also flashed the leather playing a solid short-stop. In the eighth he ranged well to his right, once all the way behind the bag at second, to record a pair of outs.
The Angels got on the board first in the top of the first. After singling to start the inning, Maicer Izturis advanced to third on a wild pitch and ground ball and scored on an Albert Pujols RBI ground out. In the third inning Alberto Callaspo homered off Liarano following a one out walk to make it 3-0 Angels. Back-to-back one out singles in the fourth, followed by a walk and a sac fly pushed the deficit to 4-0. The Angels touched up reliever Anthony Swarzack in the sixth for their fifth run, thanks to a Pujols RBI single. Fresh off his first home run of the season Sunday, the Angels big acquisition ended the game 1-5 with a pair of RBI.
After lining into a double play in the third to slow a Twins rally, Jamey Carroll started a run scoring inning for Minnesota with a double in the eighth off reliever David Carpenter. Dozier followed with his first career hit to put runners on the corners with one out. Joe Mauer then laced an RBI single to right, chasing Carpenter from the game and pulling the Twins within three. After a pitching change Ryan Doumit made it a two run game driving Dozier home from third with a sacrifice fly deep to right. The inning ended one batter later as Danny Valencia struck out looking against Jorden Walden.
With the help of a two-out error by Kamatsu in left, the Angels scored three more times in the ninth, extending the deficit to four as the Twins headed to their final at bat. Jason Isringhausen retired the Twins in order in the 9th to secure the win. Jered Weaver moves to 5-0 on the season while Liriano drops to 0-5.
The two teams duel again Tuesday night at 7:10. Dan Haren will pitch for the Angels while lefty Scott Diamond will make his first start for the Twins. For all your news and notes on the Minnesota Twins bookmark knsiradio.com and follow us on Twitter at @KNSISports