The left-hander will try to bounce back from the dismal outing when the slumping Kansas City Royals resume a three-game series with the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
Anderson, coming off a career-worst 6-12 campaign in 2004, spent the offseason and spring reworking his mechanics with pitching coach Guy Hansen. The extra effort appeared to be paying off when Anderson went 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA in his first two outings.
However, things unraveled quickly for the veteran southpaw Thursday as he was pounded for eight runs and 10 hits over only three innings in Kansas City’s 10-9, 10-inning loss at Minnesota.
“It was a combination of not making some pitches and paying for it, and making some pitches, but a little bit of Murphy’s Law taking over,” Anderson said.
“Some of those balls had eyes and you saw some things that don’t usually happen. Add it all up, and it ends up being a long day.”
The Royals have dropped six in a row and nine of 10, including Tuesday’s 2-1 setback to the Twins.
Minnesota ace Johan Santana won his 17th straight decision by pitching eight strong innings and Lew Ford delivered the go-ahead single in the top of the ninth for the three-time defending AL Central champions, who had lost five of seven.
Matt Diaz drove in the lone run for Kansas City, which owns the majors’ worst record through 20 games.