April 13, 2018

A good night for the Twins: Berrios fans 11, Mauer gets his 2,000th hit

Who had the better night in the Twins’ 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday? Pitcher Jose Berrios or homegrown Twin Joe Mauer?

I’m going with Berrios, who struck out 11 batters in seven innings of shutout baseball. He allowed only three hits and no White Sox baserunner advanced to second base, according to Twinkie Town. Berrios is now 2-1 on the season with a 2.18 ERA. Berrios lost his last start against the Seattle Mariners in a game that was 27 degrees, now the coldest game in Twins history. Although Thursday’s game was 47 degrees, that’s still 20 degrees warmer.

Meanwhile, Joe Mauer, the homegrown Twin who started his career as a catcher but now plays first base, had two hits Thursday, including Nos. 1,999 and 2,000. He also drove in three runs and is hitting .412 in the early going. Mauer joins Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew as the only Twins to reach 2,000 hits, according to MLB.com.

It was the Berrios and Mauer show Thursday, but Byron Buxton also stole two bases and Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier had extra-base hits. Pitchers Ryan Pressly and Gabriel Moya pitched shutout baseball in relief.

Extra innings…

-The Twins have won three games in a row and remain atop the American League Central standings at 7-4. But the Cleveland Indians are right there, too, having won five in a row.

-A starter for Friday’s game has yet to be announced by the Twins, but it may not matter because snow is in the forecast for Minnesota.

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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.