The Minnesota Twins are on pace to set a team record for most strikeouts in a season. Games like Wednesday will only accelerate that.
Minnesota fanned 16 times in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Kansas City in the series finale. It marked the most times the Twins had struck out this year in a nine-inning game. Minnesota did strike out 19 times on June 10 against Tampa Bay, but that came in a 13-inning game.
"We hung in there as best we could, but ultimately too many strikeouts," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't know how many times we struck out, but too many. Their young kid was winging it pretty good."
Royals starter Danny Duffy racked up seven strikeouts in just 3 23 innings Wednesday, which was his 2013 season debut after missing time due to Tommy John surgery. Duffy struck out the side in the second inning after a leadoff single to Oswaldo Arcia, and he picked up two more strikeouts in the third inning.
The Royals left-hander ended each of the first three innings with a s...