Twins' Lynn Struggles Against Former Team

Minnesota loses 7-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals

Sloane Martin
May 17, 2018 - 6:40 am

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Twins starting pitcher Lance Lynn was pulled after three inning work and the six relievers that followed couldn't contain the St. Louis Cardinals in a 7-5 loss at Target Field Wednesday afternoon.

Lynn surrendered three earned runs, walked four and struck out five against his former team. He struggled with control and dropped to 1-4 in his first season with the Twins with an earned-run average standing at 7.47.

“You can feel like you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, or close,” Lynn said. “Just doesn’t go your way, or something kind of snowballs on you. That’s kind of been how it’s been going since the season started for me.”

“He’s aware that it’s been a struggle so far,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “Sometimes, either subconsciously or consciously, you’re trying a little bit too hard to get it back on track.”

Of the Twins' 10 hits, the only one for extra bases was Logan Morrison 388-foot home run. Outfielder Eddie Rosario went 3-for-4 at the plate. Max Kepler and Joe Mauer drove in runs.

The nine inning game lasted three hours and 50 minutes and featured 13 pitchers.

The Twins got more bad news later Wednesday. Catcher Jason Castro will miss the rest of the season after surgery Tuesday revealed more damage to his right knee meniscus. Castro was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks before the doctor discovered additional damage.

Minnesota is off Thursday. Right-hander Kyle Gibson is slated to start Friday at Target Field against Milwaukee.Coverage begins on WCCO Radio at 6:30 with first pitch at 7:10.