Category: Matt Belisle

June 14, 2018

Twins score 2 runs on 4 hits in Wednesday’s loss to Tigers

Jose Berrios held the Detroit Tigers to one run over six innings, then watched as reliever Addison Reed gave it all away in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday. In the bottom of the eighth, Reed gave up five hits, four runs, but only three were earned because of a throwing error. Still, the damage was... Continue Reading »

April 19, 2018

Twins finally top Tribe 2-1 in 16 innings

If Wednesday’s 16-inning game between the Twins and Cleveland Indians is an indication of things to come, we can expect the two teams to duel all season long for bragging rights in the American League Central. And like two evenly matched teams, the Twins and Tribe split their first meeting of the season. Ace Corey... Continue Reading »

January 15, 2018

If the Twins’ bullpen moves have you confused, you’re not alone

What a difference a few months make. It was in July that the Twins sent closer Brandon Kintzler and his 28 saves to the Washington Nationals, which left many Twins fans asking: Why? Some thought, including this blogger, that the Twins had thrown in the towel after a difficult, mid-season stretch of games. Or maybe... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2017

A step closer: Twins top Tribe, 8-6

Brian Dozier hit a dramatic three-run home run and the Twins came from behind Tuesday to beat the red-hot Cleveland Indians, 8-6. The Twins have won five straight and improved to 83-74. Every team that was in contention for the second wild card spot in the American League has been eliminated, except for the Los... Continue Reading »

September 8, 2017

Twins make it 2 straight with win at Kansas City

A little momentum helps after all. A win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday carried into Thursday after the Twins came from behind in the top of the ninth to beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-2. The Twins got enough pitching, enough hitting and plenty of defense, with the team turning four double plays... Continue Reading »

August 8, 2017

Don Baylor, who hit key home run in ’87 World Series, dies at 68

Don Baylor, who spent late 1987 with the Twins during their first World Series win, died Monday after a long battle with cancer, according to various reports. He was 68. Baylor was best known for his years with the California Angels, including 1979, the year he was named the league’s MVP. But near the end... Continue Reading »

August 7, 2017

Ho-hum: Twins split 4-game series with Rangers

It wasn’t a sweep and it wasn’t a series win, it was merely a four-game split with the Texas Rangers. That’s good enough for the Twins to keep their heads above water, but not good enough for the club to gain any ground on the Cleveland Indians. But at least they won on Sunday and... Continue Reading »

July 31, 2017

There goes the Twins’ season, folks. So say Falvey & Co.

It appears the Twins’ Falvey & Co. — Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, General Manager Thad Levine and Assistant GM Rob Antony — have decided to not go all in on the remainder of the season after they traded left-handed starter Jaime Garcia to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Garcia made one start for... Continue Reading »

June 13, 2017

About that pitching…

Pitchers Kyle Gibson, Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios all looked good in their respective wins last week, but things didn’t look so good on Sunday and Monday. The bullpen was hammered in a 13-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants — Matt Belisle and Craig Breslow gave up nine runs in the 7th and 8th... Continue Reading »

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.