May 13, 2019

Twins fall to earth after series split with Tigers

After a convincing sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and another shutout in Game 1 of their series against the Detroit Tigers, it appeared the Twins were well on their way to a sweep, or at the very least, a series win over Motor City.

But that was not to be. After the shutout, the Twins lost Game 1 of their Saturday doubleheader and lost Game 4 on Sunday, 5-3.

To recap: starter Michael Pineda was better, but still hittable; starter Martin Perez finally stumbled after a great start to the season; and reliever Trevor Hildenberger is going to be the odd-man out if he continues to pitch like he has.

And I must admit that I’m in agreement with Strib columnist, Patrick Reusse, who tweeted his displeasure about Eddie Rosario not being in the lineup on Sunday after he went 3-for-5 in Saturday’s 8-3 win over Gardy’s Guys.

The top of the order fell silent without Rosario on Sunday. Just a reminder: Rosie leads the Twins in home runs, runs batted in and runs. Keep him in the lineup, Rocco.

Jose Berrios gets the ball on Monday vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Extra innings…

-Pineda on Saturday gave the Twins a quality start, but he also served up three home runs.

-Perez fell to 5-1 with a 3.11 ERA after he gave up three runs in five innings. He also walked two and struck out seven, but also surrendered two dingers. He left the game early after taking a line drive off his left ankle, according to MLB.com.

-Hildenberger had another rough outing on Sunday. He gave up three hits and two runs in an inning of work. His ERA is now 6.59. In the past week, his ERA has been 10.80.

-Troubling news: Slugger Nelson Cruz may have injured a hand in Sunday’s game.

-Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for the 79th time in his career on Saturday after arguing balls and strikes with  a familiar foe: Umpire Hunter Wendlestedt. That ejection stat includes the playoffs, according to MLB.com.

-The Twins slashed ticket prices for the team’s remaining home games in May. Did it work? Sort of. More people attended the four-game series against the Tigers, but none of those games sold out. Twins fans are still on the fence, apparently.

-Reliever Tyler Duffey, who I wrote about last week, struck out the side in Saturday’s 8-3 win.

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.