MINNEAPOLIS Twins manager Ron Gardenhire talked before his team's home opener Monday about Minnesota's lack of offense through its first three games. The Twins scored just five total runs in the season-opening series against the Baltimore Orioles and failed to score more than two runs in a game.
Gardenhire delivered a similar message following Monday's 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"We've got to come up with hits," Gardenhire said. "We've got hitters that we think can hit the baseball. We've got to score some runs."
Both hits and runs have been tough to come by early on for Minnesota. Prior to Monday, only Atlanta had fewer hits (14) than the Twins (15). Minnesota's five runs through its first three games were the fewest in all of major league baseball.
With just one run and five hits Monday, that didn't change much for Gardenhire's club as they faced new Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson. The Twins have now managed just six runs and 20 hits through four games.
As a result ...