September 5, 2020

Twins take 2 from Tigers

Call it partial payback.

After the Detroit Tigers swept three games from the Twins last week, the Twins swept a doubleheader on Friday at Target Field to gain a little payback from Gardy’s Guys. It will be even sweeter if they win all five games of this series, which continues Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In Game 2, the Twins sent six relievers to the mound and they were backed by 11 hits, including a 4-for-4 day from shortstop Jorge Polanco, to win 3-2. Nelson Cruz, who is hitting .331, had two hits and so did Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez, Polanco and Brent Rooker, a top prospect called up to replace the injured Max Kepler in left field, each drove in a run.

Doubleheaders are seven-inning contests in 2020, but this game was tied in the seventh so they played extras. Under those rules, teams get to start a runner at second base. Mr. Excitement, Willians Astudillo, was placed at second and Gonzalez brought him home to take a 3-2 lead. However, it wasn’t a walkoff situation because the Twins were the “visiting” team in Game 2 because of a makeup “home” game for the Tigers.

Sergio Romo got the win and Longview native Trevor May struck out the side for his second save.

Kenta Maeda gets the ball on Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Game 1 was a shutout victory, 2-0. Polanco and Josh Donaldson hit solo home runs and that’s all the Dobber, Tyler Duffey and Taylor Rogers would need to shut out the Tigers on five hits. Rogers picked up his eighth save and the Dobber is now 6-2 with a 2.72 ERA.

-The Twins continue to struggle against left-handed pitching. Despite the Game 1 win, the Twins scored only two runs on four hits. Tigers pitcher and Oregon State University product Matthew Boyd went six innings and struck out eight. His only mistakes were those two home runs.

-The Twins improved to 16-4 at home. They are 24-16 overall and a half game back of the league-leading Chicago White Sox.

-And then there was this:

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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.