Category: Zack Littell

June 19, 2019

Twins get walk-off win over Red Sox in 17 innings

The Twins’ Max Kepler played hero on Tuesday and again early Wednesday morning. He hit a game-tying blast in the 13th inning and then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 17th to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3. It was the Twins’ first walk-off win of the season. The win also... Continue Reading »

June 15, 2019

Battery mates win it for the Twins

Nearly every Twins player has made a significant contribution to the great season the club has had so far. But on Friday, they needed only two: Kyle Gibson and Mitch Garver. Gibson pitched eight scoreless innings and catcher Garver hit a two-run home run and that was enough for the Twins to beat the lowly... Continue Reading »

May 31, 2019

Good, but not great? Twins fall hard to Tampa Bay Rays

Before I get to the disaster that was Thursday’s game between the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays — two of the best teams in baseball — I have to point out that only about 8,000 fans attended the game. If two of the best teams in baseball can barely attract 8,000 people on a Thursday... Continue Reading »

May 25, 2019

The wrecking crew known as the Twins rolls on

The Twins returned home to play the Chicago White Sox Friday night and they didn’t disappoint. Backed by nine extra-base hits (six doubles and three more home runs) the Twins took an early lead, surrendered it and then slugged their way to an 11-4 comeback win. The Twins have now hit 101 home runs in... Continue Reading »

September 10, 2018

Cult hero Willians Astudillo wins it for the Twins with walk-off home run

Willians Astudillo, whose unique statistical accomplishments have quickly earned him a devoted following, delivered in a big way Sunday after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Kansas City Royals and win the three-game series. The Legend of Willians Astudillo™, updated: Homers – 3Strikeouts – 2Walks – 0 pic.twitter.com/jDIUrrqIYo — Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman)... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2018

Twins’ experiment with ‘opener’ strategy goes horribly wrong in Texas

Taking a page from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins employed an “opener” strategy on Sunday, in which a series of relievers pitches the game instead of a traditional starting pitcher. The theory behind it is that once the starting reliever or closer has faced the toughest part of the batting order, the “primary pitcher”... Continue Reading »

June 6, 2018

Remember when the Twins scored 29 runs against Cleveland?

The Twins made their recent series with Cleveland seem like ancient history after the team scraped together seven runs in two games and split their series-opening doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The Pale Hose limped into town 20 games under .500, yet nearly beat the Twins in both games. The Twins staved... Continue Reading »

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.