MINNEAPOLIS -- If you were told that Ricky Nolasco would pitch a complete game for the Minnesota Twins on Friday against Baltimore, you'd probably assume he'd end up as the winning pitcher. After all, that was the case in his previous nine complete games throughout his major league career.
On a night when Minnesota and its taxed bullpen needed Nolasco to go deep, he went the distance. Unfortunately for the righthander, the Twins' bats didn't back him up. So Nolasco wound up with the loss -- his third of the season -- as Minnesota was blanked 3-0 by the visiting Orioles.
Nolasco's outing helped preserve the Twins' bullpen, but it wasn't enough to snap Minnesota's losing streak, which now sits at four games.
"I was just trying to go out there and give us some innings and a chance to win," Nolasco said. "We just came up short."
Throughout the first month of the season, the Twins' offense hadn't been much of a problem. The starting pitching, meanwhile, has failed to live up to the hype ...