April 10, 2019

Twins crush deGrom, Mets

The Twins ended two pitching streaks in a hurry Tuesday night.

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom came into Tuesday’s game with a scoreless inning and quality start streak, but both were gone in a flash after the Twins hit six home runs en route to a blowout win. When it was all over, the Twins scored 14 runs on 17 hits.

deGrom served up six earned runs, including three home runs, and was done after four innings. Mitch Garver and Jonathan Schoop each hit two home runs for the Twins, and Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco also chipped in with a home run apiece. Polanco is on fire. After hitting for the cycle against Philly last week, Polanco singled, tripled and homered in Tuesday’s game. He’s now hitting .405. Byron Buxton also hit two doubles.

The win went to reliever Trevor Hildenberger because starter Kyle Gibson labored through four-plus innings. Although Gibson struck out six, he also walked three batters and threw 97 pitches.

This game should have been more lopsided than it actually was. The Twins were leading 14-4 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but reliever Chase De Jong did not pitch well. In one inning, De Jong walked three batters and gave up four earned runs. The final was 14-8.

Jake Odorizzi, who only pitched two-thirds of an inning in his last start, gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The two deGrom pitching streaks that ended Tuesday night: 26 scoreless innings and 26 consecutive quality starts, according to MLB.com.

-Garver went 4-for-5 on Tuesday, including those two home runs.

-Willians Astudillo had a hit against the Mets, but perhaps more amazing is that he also struck out.

-The Twins improved to 6-3.

-The 26 consecutive quality start streak tied a record held by Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson.

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.