June 8, 2018

If only the Twins had swept the White Sox

It was the Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar and Jose Berrios show on Thursday as all three contributed to the Twins’ 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

How important have Rosario and Escobar become to the Twins? They had four of the Twins’ nine hits and five of the team’s seven RBI on Thursday. And they both homered. Rosario hit No. 14 and Escobar his 12th.

While Rosario and Escobar were hitting and driving in runs, Berrios was dealing on the mound. He pitched a complete game and allowed only two runs on six hits and struck out 10. He improved to 7-5 with a 3.66 ERA.

“I felt healthy,” Berrios told MLB.com on Thursday. “I got quite of few pitches — fastball, curveball, changeup working. That’s what I used the whole game. I know in the sixth they scored two runs, but it’s my fault. I missed.”

Lance Lynn goes for his fourth consecutive win when he faces the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins won Thursday, but could only spit the four-game series with the White Sox. The Twins took three of four games from the division-leading Cleveland Indians, but couldn’t do that against the division-worst White Sox. The series with the Pale Hose was a missed opportunity for the Twins.

-The Angels come to town for three games, then the Twins hit the road again to play Ron Gardenhire’s Detroit Tigers and the Indians before coming home to play the red-hot Boston Red Sox.

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.