6/3: Twins fall to Angels 7-2, Behind Pujols Grand Night

The Minnesota Twins fell to the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Saturday night in the third game of the four game series. Twins starter Ervin Santana gave up a monstrous grand slam to Albert Pujols which was his 600th home run of his career. Pujols has become the ninth individual to ever hit 600 home runs throughout Major League Baseball history. Twins ace Ervin Santana struggled early for the Twins while allowing seven runs in just four innings.

“I can’t really explain it. It was not his night. Even those couple of zeros put up early were a bit of a struggle.” Molitor told the Pioneer Press.

As Pujols came to the plate in the 4th inning, Molitor knew that Santana had to be careful with his pitches. He described his plan to get Pujols out with the bases loaded, but knew that this was a very dangerous situation for the Twins.

“You kind of anticipate a home run every time he comes up. He’s been pretty poised, and he’s had some good swings. He just hadn’t connected yet.” Molitor told the Pioneer Press.

Santana had pitched 29 innings on the road this season, while allowing just one earned run before Saturday night’s game. Tonight he had to tip his cap to his former teammate for his grand performance.

“I mean I’m not the only one, you know? I’m probably No. 599 of the 600 club. I’m happy for him. I’m glad he got it done.” Santana told the Associated Press..

The Twins offense struggled after two straight victories over the Angels. Max Kepler had two hits and batted in the only two runs for the Twins. He truly was the only bright spot for the Twins in a night dedicated to slugger Albert Pujols.

With last night’s loss, it marks just the second time the Twins have lost in their last 11 road games. They look to continue their road success on Sunday to get the series clinching win over the Angels.

— Scott Jordahl

[Pioneer Press Associated Press]

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