June 9, 2017

Twins salvage win in series with Mariners

After Tuesday’s blowout loss and Wednesday’s walk-off disaster, the Twins got back on track Thursday with pitching and defense to secure a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

I, along with my father and son, also got to the see the Twins on Thursday, and see them win for a change. Over the years we have usually seen the Twins lose to the M’s, but not this time. Starter Kyle Gibson pitched six effective innings and the defense did the rest.

Byron Buxton (no surprise) made another sensational catch in the outfield and even Joe Mauer got into the act by making a diving catch at first base. The defensive play of the game, however, may have been the rally-killing catch made by reliever Taylor Rogers.

Rogers fielded a line drive late in the game and then whirled around to get the force at second base.

Extra innings…

-Jason Castro hit a solo shot to score one run, but the second run was unearned after a Robinson Cano throwing error at third base.

-After giving up a walk-off home run on Wednesday, Brandon Kintzler came right back and got his 16th save on Thursday.

-Ervin Santana gets the ball on Friday versus the San Francisco Giants.

Before I fall asleep, here are a few photos from Thursday’s game:

COMMENTS

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.