Twins get beat by Mets and Mother Nature
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A windy, wintry mix of light snow and rain forced the Minnesota Twins to postpone their inter-league series finale against the New York Mets on Sunday.
The game will be made up on Monday afternoon, Aug. 19.
The Twins announced the decision about four hours before the scheduled game. On Sunday morning, light snow was falling, and the forecast called for rain and a high of 38 degrees.
“We certainly knew the day’s forecast was not promising,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said. “The best decision for the Twins and the Mets, and ultimately for our fans, was to postpone today’s game.”
New York won the first two games of the series at Target Field, with temperatures in the low 30s.
It’s the sixth time the Twins postponed a game since moving from the climate-controlled confines of the Metrodome to Target Field in 2010.
The Mets are scheduled to stop in Minneapolis on Aug. 19 after finishing a weekend series in San Diego before heading back to New York. The Twins are at home the day before and play at Detroit the day after.
Dillon Gee (0-2) was scheduled to start for New York and Kevin Correia (0-1) for the Twins. The projected rotation has Gee pitching on Monday at Colorado, where the Mets aren’t exactly expecting warmer conditions — forecasts called for snow in the Denver area and highs in the low 40s.
Correia’s start was bumped back to Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.
“I’m sure those guys will take the day off and regroup and hopefully get a precipitation-free day tomorrow,” St. Peter said.
The Twins also suspended a game against the New York Yankees after five innings because of rain during the ballpark’s inaugural year.
“The first three years have been great, to be honest, much better than many people had predicted,” St. Peter said of the weather for outdoor games.
Twins’ Diamond loses first start since surgery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Diamond matched Matt Harvey for four innings. Not good enough.
“I was hoping for better,” Diamond said after his first start since elbow surgery in December, a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday.
Diamond (0-1) allowed only two hits through the first four innings. Then Marlon Byrd homered leading off the fifth, the first of seven straight hits against the Twins in a four-run inning.
“Getting out of the third inning I was pretty pumped by that and thought it was a big step,” said Diamond, who retired three in a row after Jacob Turner’s leadoff double.
Diamond gave up all four runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings.
“Diamond was all all right for his first time back here,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He felt fine but got some pitches up in the fifth inning. A nice performance. He was kind of cruising right along and was doing everything OK. We’ll take that for his first performance of the year.”
Byrd’s homer was a 414-foot drive into the second deck. Collin Cowgill and Daniel Murphy hit run-scoring singles that chased Diamond, and David Wright had an RBI infield hit off Josh Roenicke.
Harvey (3-0) didn’t allow a hit until Justin Morneau homered off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the seventh inning at a chilly Target Field.
New York provided the offensive support when it strung together seven straight hits for the first time since Aug. 1, 2001, at Houston.
Harvey pitched past the seventh for the first time in 13 career major league starts. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings with six strikeouts and two walks. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 0.82.
“That’s a horse. That guy can really wing it,” Gardenhire said.
Despite a 35-degree gametime temperature, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched with his sleeves rolled up and reached 97 mph.
Before Morneau’s homer — his first this season — Minnesota’s only hard-hit ball came on Eduardo Escobar’s lineout to first base in the third.
Bobby Parnell allowed an RBI double to Josh Willingham in the ninth, but held on for his first save. With Willingham on second, Parnell retired Morneau on a flyout and threw a called third strike past Ryan Doumit to end the game.
After starting 4-2, the Twins have lost five straight. Other than Morneau, they couldn’t get to Harvey.