Twins Daily: Carlos Gomez adds insult to injury as Twins drop another
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A two-run homer by Carlos Gomez off Francisco Liriano opened the flood gates on Saturday for the Milwaukee Brewers, who handed the Minnesota Twins their fourth straight loss with an 11-1 beatdown at Miller Park.
After having posted a 2.20 ERA in his last seven starts combined, the wheels came off early for Liriano on Saturday. The left-hander gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings, and he received no help from a stagnant Twins offense.
Facing right-hander Yovani Gallardo, the Twins drew three walks and scattered eight singles but were only able to muster one run.
The Brewers offense later added three more home runs, courtesy of Prince Fielder, Corey Hart and Yuniesky Betancourt, who came around to score on an inside-the-park home run after left fielder Delmon Young injured his ankle while colliding with the wall.
A familiar face delivered the decisive blow off Liriano in the third inning.
With the Twins leading 1-0 on Ben Revere's second-inning RBI single, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled to start the third, bringing former Twin Gomez to the plate.
Hitting just .201/.262/.339 in 207 plate appearances this season, Gomez fell behind 0-2 with two swinging strikes. But after taking a pitch and fouling off another, Gomez turned on a thigh-high slider and crushed it into the left-field seats -- complete with a grandiose bat flip -- to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
2: Career home runs for Gomez against his former team.
1: Innings thrown by Joe Nathan, who allowed a mammoth home run to Cory Hart in his first appearance since May 23.
• Young was carted off the field in the bottom of the fifth inning after awkwardly colliding with the left-field wall. X-rays were negative, but Young was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what was temporarily diagnosed as a sprained ankle.
• OF Jason Kubel (sprained foot) ran the bases on Saturday with no discomfort, according to Fox Sports North, and he will participate in a full workout with the Twins on Monday before possibly heading on a rehab assignment.
• RHP Kevin Slowey (abdominal strain) pitched two innings for Single-A Fort Myers on Saturday, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out four.
The Twins look to avoid a sweep on Sunday (1:10 p.m., 1500 ESPN) when right-hander Carl Pavano (5-5, 4.05) takes on left-hander Chris Narveson (4-5, 4.55).
The last time the Twins suffered a sweep was May 30 - June 1 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.
Since allowing six earned runs or more in four of his first seven starts, Pavano has been fantastic, posting a 2.24 ERA with only 10 walks issued in 60 1/3 innings over his last eight starts. The right-hander has also thrown at least seven innings in seven straight outings.
Narveson threw eight shutout innings against the Cardinals on June 10, but since then he has allowed four earned runs in each of his last two starts, failing to complete seven innings in either.
• Monday: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. RHP Nick Blackburn (6-5, 3.15) vs. RHP Chad Billingsley (6-6, 4.48).
• Tuesday: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. LHP Brian Duensing (4-7, 4.54) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (5-7, 4.63).
• Wednesday: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 12:10 p.m. RHP Scott Baker (5-5, 3.39) vs. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 5.26).