The Minnesota Twins lost to the Kansas City Royals, 7-3, at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The loss puts them four games behind Kansas City in the "battle" for last place in the American League Central division. . .and it gets worse.
The Twins' loss, coupled with the Baltimore Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, means that the Twins officially hold the worst record in the American League. The Twins' record now sits at at 59-89, and they're the only team in the American League. . .and only one of two teams in all of Major League Baseball. . .that have a winning percentage below .400. Minnesota's winning percentage is currently at .399, and only the Houston Astros are worse.
On this five game road trip that saw the Twins take on the Detroit Tigers and the Royals, the Twins had nearly as many errors committed (seven) as runs scored (ten). The Twins have lost five in a row, 10 of their last 11, and 19 of their last 23.
Liam Hendriks did not have the same sort of success in his second big league start that he did in his debut, as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work. The lone offensive highlight for the Twins came from Ben Revere, who had three stolen bases on the afternoon to bring his total for the season to 30.
Royals' starter Luke Hochevar allowed two runs on five hits to the Twins in six innings of work to even his record for the season at 11-11. Greg Holland picked up his third save of the season for Kansas City.
The Twins will take Thursday off before returning to Target Field to start a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians.