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Trevor Cahill struggles again in Angels’ loss to Minnesota Twins

Trevor Cahill of the Angels attempts to get out Jonathan Schoop of the Minnesota Twins at first base during the second inning of the game on May 15, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cahill was charged for an error on the play. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani of the Angels puts the ball in play against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of the game on May 15, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ohtani reached second base on the play. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Tommy La Stella of the Angels celebrates a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of the game on May 15, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella jogs home on a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, rears back on a pitch by Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi as Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro reaches high for the ball in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Twins’ Ehire Adrianza hits a two-run double off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Trevor Cahill in the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi throws against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Trevor Cahill throws against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani of Japan warms up throwing before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani of Japan warms up throwing before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Cahill’s encouraging turnaround didn’t last long.
Cahill gave up six runs in the Angels’ 8-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon, undoing the progress he’d made in his previous start and even in the beginning of this one.
The Angels trailed 6-1 and 8-3 before rallying in the ninth, with the game ending on a Shohei Ohtani groundout with the bases loaded.
Nine starts into his Angels’ career, Cahill has a 6.95 ERA. He has allowed 14 homers, tied for the most in the majors, in 44 innings. Cahill had three other seasons in which he pitched 100 innings without allowing that many homers.
His last time out, on Friday in Baltimore, Cahill gave up two runs in six innings in a victory. He attributed the strong game to increased use of his changeup, which he threw 26 times in 78 pitches.
Cahill threw 27 changeups in 84 pitches this time, but the results weren’t as good.
In the first four innings, he’d allowed two runs but the Twins had not hit the ball hard. The runs came in the second, after C.J. Cron reached on a strikeout and a wild pitch. Then Jonathan Schoop got aboard on an infield hit, when Cahill couldn’t handle his dribbler up the line, actually losing his glove as he tried to flip the ball to first. Those runners both scored on Ehire Adrianza’s double.
After two quick innings, Cahill couldn’t get out of the fifth. He walked Jason Castro and then gave up a two-run homer to Byron Buxton. An out later, Cahill gave up a Jorge Polanco triple and an Eddie Rosario double. A walk to Cron ended his day.
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The Angels were down 6-1 after a sacrifice fly tacked one more run onto Cahill’s line.
It was an unfortunate day for the Angels to have such trouble on the mound, because the offense put constant pressure on the Twins. The Angels had 18 hits and three walks, with at least one runner on base in every inning.
They could have done even more damage, but they didn’t get their first hit with a runner in scoring position until the ninth. Overall, they were 3 for 17.
Tommy La Stella had four hits, including his team-leading 11th homer. Brian Goodwin had four hits, including two doubles. He scored on Jonathan Lucroy’s two-run homer in the sixth. Jared Walsh had three hits in his major league debut .
The Angels finished their grueling, four-city trip with a 5-6 record. They lost series at the beginning and end to the first-place Houston Astros and Twins. In between they took two of three from both the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles.
More to come on this story.

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