October 4, 2017

Twins lose 13th postseason game to Yankees

What do the Twins have to do to beat the New York Yankees?

That’s what I’m asking myself tonight after the Twins fell to 2-13 vs. the Yankees in the postseason since 2003, including Tuesday’s 8-4 loss in the American League wild card playoff game.

The Twins came out swinging and quickly took a 3-0 lead. If that was the plan, it worked because starter Luis Severino was removed from the game after only one-third of an inning.

But the Twins gave that lead right back after Twins’ starter Ervin Santana served up a three-run home run. He was done after two innings and then both teams went to their bullpens.

Attacking Severino was the right call, but after that the Twins showed no patience at the plate — the team drew only four walks — and struck out 13 times as a team. Byron Buxton also hurt himself after making another fine catch in center field.

I also have a small nit with manager Paul Molitor. Why not leave reliever Taylor Rogers in the game after he had no trouble striking out his batter? Instead, Molitor stuck with the lefty-righty matchup and brought in Alan Busenitz, who quickly walked in a run after he couldn’t throw strikes. At 7-4, it felt like the Twins had a chance and were still in the game. At 8-4, the game was over.

Now, the question is: Does Molitor keep his job? Nope. I think Falvey & Co. let him go.

Extra innings…

-The bright spots in Tuesday’s game: Brian Dozier homered, Eddie Rosario homered, Max Kepler doubled and Eduardo Escobar had two hits.

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.