May 16, 2018

Jose Berrios gets back on track in win over Cardinals

Jose Berrios, we missed you.

Berrios, who had struggled of late after starting the season strong, looked like his old self Tuesday after he struck out 10 over seven-plus innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1. The Twins are 3-0 this season versus the Cards and will go for win number four Wednesday.

Berrios improved to 4-4 with a 4.05 ERA after he allowed one run on two hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He was followed by set-up man Addison Reed, who struck out two batters, then Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless inning to record his eighth save.

The Cardinals actually scored first in Tuesday’s game, then the Twins rallied for four runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In all, they banged out nine hits, including a home run from catcher Bobby Wilson and a double from Logan Morrison, who has yet to crack the Mendoza line.

Lance Lynn gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins face a potentially tough pitcher on Wednesday named Miles Mikolas. Mikolas is 5-0 with a 2.51 ERA.

-After Tuesday night’s action, the Cleveland Indians lost, but the Twins won and the Tigers won, too. The Tribe are 20-21, the Twins 18-20 and the Tigers are 19-22. Baseball’s weakest division is up for grabs.

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.