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The Twins had two of the worst defensive plays of the year against the Royals

Minnesota Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman was unable to make this catch during Thursday’s game against the KC Royals.
Minnesota Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman was unable to make this catch during Thursday’s game against the KC Royals. The Associated Press

If you’re a Minnesota fan, the first three innings of Thursday night’s Twins-Royals game were great.

The Royals didn’t have a hit and trailed 1-0. After that, it was all Royals and they rolled to an 8-1 win at Kauffman Stadium.

Things really went south for the Twins in the eighth inning when they had two terrible defensive plays. Both were captured by Twitter user 2015 was a fluKCe.

First, Eddie Rosario uncorked a throw to third base that was just a bit off the mark. OK, it wasn’t anywhere close. Fortunately, the safety netting saved a fan in the first or second row of the stands from being hit.

With Lorenzo Cain on first, Eric Hosmer singled to center. Cain dashed for third and Rosario either lost the grip on the ball or needs an eye exam.

The fun didn’t stop there. The next batter was Kendrys Morales and he hit a fly ball to left field. Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman’s route efficiency was great if was a wide receiver running a down-and-out pattern (as Lee Judge noted).

It’s plays like this that should make Royals fans appreciate Alex Gordon even more:

According to FanGraphs, the Twins’ defense has a negative-25.3 runs saved, the second-worst in the American League.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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