April 27, 2018

Somebody needs to apologize to Twins pitcher, Kyle Gibson

The Twins were swept by the New York Yankees, the losing streak stands at seven games and Thursday’s loss was made all the more painful because Kyle Gibson pitched the game of his life and yet the Twins still lost in heart-breaking fashion.

For six innings, Gibson one-hit the Yankees and struck out 10 batters, then was lifted after 95 pitches for a reliever. Addison Reed allowed a run, Zach Duke pitched a scoreless inning and then Fernando Rodney gave it all away.

It wasn’t completely his fault. After Rodney took the mound, Miguel Sano committed an error, Giancarlo Stanton got an infield hit and then Gary Sanchez came to the plate with two men on. Rodney went inside with his next pitch and Sanchez crushed it for a three-run, walk-off home run.

Social media exploded after the loss:

Manager Paul Molitor is going to face some second-guessing after this loss, particularly for the defensive switch that moved Sano to third base and Logan Morrison to first base late in the game. Sano’s defensive skills have improved, but he’s far from elite in the field. Typically Sano starts at third base, then is replaced by Eduardo Escobar later in the game. That did not happen this time and it showed.

Extra innings…

-The Twins finally head home after a dreadful 1-8 road trip. Phil Hughes gets the ball Friday in the first game of a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds. The Twins really need to open up a can of whoop ass on the Reds.

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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.