April 5, 2018

Twins rally to beat quick-strike Pirates

The quick-strike Pittsburgh Pirates scored twice in the bottom of the first inning, but the Twins rallied for four runs late in the game to beat the Bucs 7-3 on Wednesday.

The Twins battled through snow flurries in Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh and might face similar weather conditions in Thursday’s home opener. The latest forecast has snow arriving about game time, or 3 p.m.

Starter Jake Odorizzi wasn’t particularly effective — three earned runs in four-plus innings — but the offense kicked it into gear with six extra-base hits: five doubles and another home run from the red-hot Brian Dozier, who has four dingers in almost as many games. Also on fire: Eduardo Escobar, who doubled twice Wednesday and is now hitting .438.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball for Thursday’s home opener.

Extra innings…

-Logan Morrison got his first hit as a Twin, snapping an 0-for-13 start to the season, according to MLB.com.

-Day 3 photos of our trip to Minnesota. We are here to see Thursday’s game.

The sun finally came out.

Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. We plan to come back Friday.

Back at the Mall of America where you can pick out any brick you like at the Lego store.

A reminder of where we are.

Home after a long day.

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.