May 14, 2018

Twins lose in walk-off fashion for the 6th time this season

The Twins survived Shohei Ohtani, tied the game in the 7th inning and then watched it all slip away in the bottom of the ninth after the Angels’ Zack Cosart hit a walk-off RBI single to beat the Twins, 2-1. The Twins had a chance to take the series from the Halos, but wound up splitting the four-game set after Ehire Adrianza was thrown out at home in the top of the ninth inning.

The Twins remain two games under .500 at 17-19 this season, 1.5 games back of the league-leading Cleveland Indians. However, they finished their 10-game road trip at 7-3.

Despite struggling in spring training, Ohtani has since shown that he can hit and pitch. On Sunday, he struck out 11 in six-plus innings. But once he exited game, the Twins tied the game at 1-1. The Angels were held to one run, too, because the Twins’ Fernando Romero struck out six in five innings. The one run was his first earned run of the season. His ERA rose to 0.54 from 0.00.

But Romero also issued three walks so he was done after 92 pitches. Once again, the Twins leaned on their bullpen and lefty Zach Duke was called on to close out the game. He hit a batter, who later came around to score on the walk-off hit. Ballgame.

Extra innings…

-The Twins head home to play a make up game Monday versus the Seattle Mariners, followed by a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers.

-Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Monday.

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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.