Boof lacks support in finale defeat
Righty turns in solid seven frames; Morneau goes deep
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals came to Minnesota having swept the Tigers in a three-game series to start the season and holding onto first in the American League Central division.It was enough to create a national buzz surrounding this upshot Royals club -- one that seemed to hit a quick end when the Twins took the first two games of the series But on Sunday, the Twins got their first real glimpse of just how tough these "new-look" Royals can be. One day after it had appeared that the Twins had broken out of a scoring slump by tallying a season-high six runs, the club saw its offense shut down -- this time by a strong Royals pitching performance -- in a 3-1 loss to Kansas City in the series finale at the Metrodome. "You've got to tip your hat to the guys on the other side today," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They didn't give us really too many opportunities. They played a little better and pitched a little better. This is a good Royals team with a lot of talent -- good young talent." The Twins' offense managed to tag Royals starter Brett Tomko for six hits over his five innings, making him throw a total of 92 pitches over that span. But despite having a runner on base with fewer than two outs in each of Tomko's five innings, the Twins was unable to record a run in any of them. "We made him work, but he made good pitches too," Gardenhire said. "He moved it in and out, and their bullpen came in and did a super job. They've got some guys that can really throw the ball." The Twins did create some mistakes of their own. They grounded into two double plays, giving them an American League leading 15 on the season. They also had at least one miscue on the basepaths that proved costly. With the Twins already trailing, 2-0, Carlos Gomez led off the third inning with a single to right field. But Gomez tried to stretch it into a double and was thrown out at second base by right fielder Jose Guillen. It was a play that appeared to be a bit greedy, although Gardenhire applauded the effort of his young center fielder for trying to be aggressive. It was a play he felt could have been momentum-changing for the Twins had it been successful.
|"Boof threw really well today. It's unfortunate that we couldn't score more runs for him."|
-- Twins first baseman|
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.