August 6, 2020

Pitchers’ duel finally ends after Twins score 4 runs in 9th

The Twins scored a run in the second inning and then came up empty for the next six. The Pittsburgh Pirates, meanwhile, were blanked for eight innings, stymied by Twins starter Randy Dobnak and two relievers.

And then it all unraveled for the Bucs in the top of the ninth on Wednesday.

Marwin Gonzalez hit an RBI single and Max Kepler cranked out a three-run bomb and the Twins prevailed, 5-2. The Twins are now 10-2, the best start in Twins history. It also ties the best start in Twins/Senators history. The 1930 Washington Senators got off to a strong April that season, getting win No. 10 against the New York Yankees.

Kenta Maeda gets the ball on Thursday.

Extra innings…

-Dobnak, previously a spot starter for the Twins, has to be a step closer to earning a permanent job in the rotation. The Dobber pitched six shutout innings and lowered his ERA to 0.60.

-And how about reliever Tyler Duffey? The Rice University product has yet to allow a run this season and has struck out 10 over five innings.

-It was great to see Byron Buxton hit a double on Wednesday. Let’s hope the slump-busting continues.

-Mitch Garver also is struggling at the plate, but the catcher did throw out a runner at second base. And it wasn’t close.

-On April 29, 1930, the Senators hosted the Yankees before only 4,500 fans at Griffith Stadium. The low turnout is hard to believe because Babe Ruth was still in the lineup and so was Lou Gehrig. And what appeared to be a blowout victory became a slugfest that afternoon.

The Yankees raced out to a 7-0 lead, and then the Senators came roaring back with seven runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning. They tacked on a few more runs late in the game to finally outlast the Yankees, 11-8.

The Babe hit three doubles and drove in three runs, but the Senators cranked out 13 hits, getting nine of those hits from the heart of the lineup, including two hits from Hall of Famer Goose Goslin and three more from fellow Cooperstown inductee, Joe Cronin.

The Yankees were hurt by five errors. Gehrig committed one and so did Tony Lazzeri.

The first two pitchers that Senators manager Walter Johnson sent to the mound were gone in a flash, but reliever Myles Thomas settled in nicely and pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits.

The Senators were never very good, but from 1930 to 1933 they won 92 or more games each season during that period.

Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com.

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.