May 12, 2018

9th inning rally leads Twins past Angels

Here’s a welcome change of pace: It wasn’t the Twins who lost late in the game, it was the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who coughed up three runs in the ninth inning to lose to the Twins, 5-4.

And once again, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario was right in the thick of things after he hit two home runs, including a ninth inning blast. He now has nine home runs this season to lead the team.

The Twins and Halos have split the first two games of their four-game series, which continues Saturday and Sunday. Kyle Gibson gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Friday’s win was nice, but the Twins have a problem: Pitchers Jose Berrios and free agent Lance Lynn were expected to anchor the Twins’ rotation; instead, they’ve become the two weakest starters on the team. Lynn again struggled with his command, throwing 99 pitches in four-plus innings, including two walks, one of which pushed a run across for the Halos because the bases were loaded. Reliever Matt Magill was ultimately credited with the win, while Fernando Rodney picked up his sixth save. Berrios, meanwhile, was terrible Thursday after he gave up five runs, all earned, in five-plus innings, including two home runs and two doubles. Berrios fell to 3-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

-The Twins and Halos turned six double plays in Thursday’s game.

-Byron Buxton is back from the disabled list and played center field in Friday’s game. He struck out twice.

-Robbie Grossman had two hits in Friday’s game and is now hitting .267 over the last seven games. That’s a huge improvement for Grossman after he struggled at the plate at the beginning of the season.

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.