The Minnesota Twins, as the saying goes, have 99 problems, and Ryan Doumit isn’t one of them. But playing out of position caught up to him on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when he was charged with three errors in the eighth inning of a 10-5 loss to Kansas City at Target Field.
“A tough inning for him, but he’s actually been playing pretty good,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “A catcher by position out playing other positions; he’s handled himself pretty good.”
The Twins trailed 6-5 with a man on and no one out when Johnny Giavotella lined a shot deep into left center off Brian Duensing. Doumit chased it down, but it glanced off his glove, igniting a long, painful inning that didn’t end until the Twins had burned through three more pitchers and the Royals had added four runs to their lead.
“I took my eye off the ball. When you take your eye off the ball, bad things happen,” Doumit said.
Drew Butera ran down a pop bunt from David Lough, who was trying to sacrifice the runners to second and third, but the Twins needed three more pitchers to get the final two outs. Alcides Escobar followed with a single to left which Doumit bobbled on the pickup, allowing Eric Hosmer to score. When his throw home sliced wide of Butera, Escobar took second.
“The ball kind of came up on me,” Doumit said. “I’m going to have days like this. It’s part of the learning curve, it’s part of all that. It’s embarrassing, but I’m going to learn from it and go out and get ‘em tomorrow.”
Posted: September 13, 2012 at 08:17 AM | 50 comment(s)
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