June 6, 2017

Twins get series win over Angels

The Twins improved to 17-6 on the road after the club’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday. The Twins won three of four games to take the series from the Halos.

Jose Berrios won his fourth game in five starts and closer Brandon Kintzler picked up his 15th save, which ties him for the second most saves in the American League. Slugger Miguel Sano also homered in Sunday’s contest, his 14th, and the Twins’ infield turned three double plays.

The road record and the improved pitching, hitting and defense is yet another reminder of how far and how fast the Twins have come since losing 103 games in 2016. If they keep this up, expect some end-of-season managerial and executive team awards to be headed their way. Better still: If the Twins keep this up, they have a good chance to make the playoffs.

Extra innings…

-After 53 games, the Twins are 29-24 and remain atop the AL Central. This time last year the Twins were 16-37.

-The Twins beat old friend Ricky Nolasco on Sunday. Nolasco didn’t pitch that poorly, striking out seven in five plus innings, but he also gave up two home runs.

-Another former Twin and old friend Ben Revere, who played left field for the Angels Sunday, was the final out in the game after he slid past second base on a steal attempt.

-Shades of 2016: The Twins struck out 14 times as a team on Sunday. Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario accounted for six of those whiffs.

-Hector Santiago gets the ball Tuesday in Seattle.

 

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

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.