The Minnesota Twins hosted the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 5, 2014 in the third of four games in this home stand. The Twins entered the game with a regular season record of 61-80 and with just 21 games left in the 2014 regular season, the Twins sit double digits out of first place.
Twins starter Phil Hughes was looking for his 16th win would get a no decision as the Twins lost to the Angels 8-5 on a failed challenge on the final play of the game. Hughes struck out eight batters, giving up three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
The Angels scored a run in each of the first three innings, capped off by a bomb by Albert Pujols, his 25th home run of the year and his 1500th run of his career. Later in the game Pujols hit a double, scoring two runs and putting him over 2500 hits in his career.
Edwardo Escobar and Chris Parmelee hit home runs in the second and third innings respectively, Escobar’s went for two runs. The Twins added two runs in the 4th when Aaron Hicks singled to center field, scoring Kurt Suzuki and Escobar to pull the Twins ahead 5-3.
In the eighth, Angels’ Howie Kendrick drove Pujols in with a triple to left field and, next up, Erick Aybar drove in Kendrick with a sacrifice fly to right. Pujols doubled to left in the nineth, scoring Tony Campana and Mike Trout. Kendrick struck again next, scoring Pujols and finishing the scoring for the night.
Hughes has been the Twins’ most productive starter lately and has, in the last six starts, an ERA of just 2.05. The Twins’ bullpen has struggled lately and blew another game late, giving up more runs in two innings that Hughes’ seven innings as starter.
The Twins drop to 61-81, 17.5 games out of first place and, barring a greater meltdown in Chicago, the Twins appear to have locked in the last place position in the American League Central Division.
This article originally appeared at Examiner.com
Photos by Matt Blewett of The Minnesota Sports Report.