MINNEAPOLIS — This is all you need to know about the latest Joe Biagini as starting pitcher experiment for the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Target Field:
Third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a pair of home runs in the first two innings and at the end of it his team still trailed the Twins 7-5.
Yep, it was a Jolted Joe who lasted just 1.1 innings and gave up six hits (including two home runs) in what eventually ended up as 13-7 Toronto loss.
“I put them in a tough position for what they want to do,” Biagini said. “I don’t blame them for taking me out. I understand what they’re thinking.”
Who knows what manager John Gibbons was really thinking after seeing a 5-0 lead blown and then some in half an inning.
It was an ugly yet important win for the Twins, who managed a series split against the Jays as they battle to retain grip on the AL’s second wildcard spot.
With the park still buzzing from the Donaldson display — including the 481-foot first-inning blast into the third deck in left field — Biagini went to work.
And it didn’t end well as he fell to 2-10 as a starter. Auditioning for a possible spot on the starting rotation next year, Biagini struggled with his control, leaving with three runs surrendered and the bases loaded. Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton went deep in back-to-back at-bats to rattle the Toronto starter.
How ugly was it? It took an hour and a half to play the first three innings as both teams combined for 10 hits, 12 runs and 142 pitches thrown.
After the Twins converted touchdown in the second (offence the hometown Vikings could have used in a 26-9 loss to the Steelers), they added six more in the fifth.