MINNEAPOLIS -- The strikeout totals for Minnesota's batters have been alarming. The Twins already set a club record for the most strikeouts in a season, and that number continues to grow.
In Friday's 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, it was the strikeouts Minnesota's hitters simply sat and watched that bothered manager Ron Gardenhire.
The Twins struck out 11 times against the visiting Rays, including seven by Tampa rookie Chris Archer. Of those 11 strikeouts, Minnesota was caught looking four times -- including twice with runners in scoring position.
"Too many punchouts for our baseball team again," Gardenhire said.
After outfielder Darin Mastroianni was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Twins had runners on first and second with just one out as they trailed the Rays 2-0. But Clete Thomas watched as a called strike three sailed through the zone for out No. 2. The next batter, shortstop Eduardo Escobar, did the same thing against Archer. Escobar didn't pick the bat off h...