Brad Radke has never done well in his career in the month of June.
Now that it’s over, Radke will try to turn his luck around when the Twins meet the visiting Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series.
The 31-year-old right-hander was roughed up for season highs of eight runs and 11 hits over six innings in the Twins’ 9-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. He finished June 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in six starts.
Radke, who went 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in May and earned his last win on May 22, is now 11-26 in June for his career—his only month with a losing record. He has bounced back, though, to go 23-17 with a 3.96 ERA in July.
Minnesota has struggled lately, losing six of its last eight games. The Twins took the first two of a three-game series with Arizona but were thwarted by Randy Johnson in a 6-2 loss on Sunday. The Twins managed just five hits and had 10 strikeouts.
”(Johnson) made it rough on a few of our hitters,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They didn’t really have too much of a chance, it looked like. We’ve seen him do that against a lot of people.”
Despite their offensive problems, the Twins enter this series tied for first in the AL Central with the White Sox. Minnesota, which will host Detroit for four games before the All-Star break, has lost its last five games at the Metrodome.
The Royals, 16 games below .500 on the road, are coming off a 7-1 loss at San Diego on Sunday, their fifth straight defeat and 10th in their last 11 overall. Ken Harvey homered for the Royals, who are a season-high 21 games below .500.