The Minnesota Twins' bullpen has been one of the best in baseball all season. They entered Tuesday's game with the second-best ERA in the majors.
In Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins, however, the bullpen faltered.
After starter Kevin Correia allowed just two runs in six innings, Minnesota's relievers allowed runs in both the seventh and eighth innings as the Marlins escaped with a win. Correia was pinch-hit for in the top of the seventh inning and left-hander Brian Duensing came into pitch the bottom of the seventh. On the first pitch from Duensing, an 85 mph slider, Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich hit his seventh homer of the season to right field and put Miami on top 3-1.
"I think he just tried to spin a slider over and the guy jumped on it," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Duensing. "He kind of ambushed him."
One inning later, the Twins' bullpen allowed another run. After relieving Duensing with two outs in the seventh inning, right-hander Josh Roenicke came...