September 17, 2019

Game 1 of 13 is in the books. And it was a win.

The Twins rallied from an early deficit on Monday to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 and extend their lead over the Cleveland Indians to five games in the American League Central. It was the Twins’ 12th win over the South Siders this season.

Starter Jose Berrios got into trouble early, then settled down to strike out eight over seven-plus innings and improve to 13-8. It was his 20th quality start of the season.

Three relievers followed Berrios, including Taylor Rogers, who earned the two-out save (his 27th) on eight pitches.

There were no home runs in this one, just three doubles and seven singles.

Martin Perez gets the ball on Tuesday. The Twins’ magic number to win the division is eight.

Extra innings…

-Two 100-loss teams, the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, met in Motown on Monday and somehow managed to attract 14,000 fans, according to the box score for that game. Nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers also went on strike Monday and I bet a few decided to go to the game.

-The Twins, who were set to face White Sox ace, Lucas Giolito, on Tuesday won’t have to after he suffered a season-ending injury.

COMMENTS

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.