Please pardon us for being asleep at the switch...but perhaps Ricky Nolasco would rather underplay his complete game loss against the Orioles this past Friday (May 2).
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire let Ricky go all the way, as the veteran righty had a relatively low pitch count (it wound up at 110).
Nolasco was outdueled by Ubaldo Jimenez, who limited the Twins to just three hits in 7.1 IP, striking out ten. Jimenez, a big free agent pickup for the O's, had struggled in his first four starts.
Ricky hasn't exactly been a world-beater in his first six starts with the Twins since signing his own free agent deal over the offseason: he's been hit hard in four of his six starts and his ERA is currently an unsightly 5.82.
Matt Weiters doubled in Nelson Cruz for the first run off Nolasco in the fourth; Cruz made it 3-0 with a two-run homer in the sixth.
Ricky's complete game loss was the fourth such occurrence in '14 (overall record in CGs is now 12-4 for the season). It was Ricky's tenth lifetime CG (he had three in 2012, two in 2011, one in 2010, and three in 2009--though one of those was a game called after five innings).