August 30, 2016

11 straight losses and counting for the Minnesota Twins

Monday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians, the 11th straight for the struggling Twins, may have been the most painful of the season-worst losing streak.

That’s because the Twins battled for 10 innings and got an improved effort from starting pitcher Hector Santiago. Yet in the bottom of the 10th, the Indians’ Jason Kipnis singled home the winning run to walk-off with a 1-0 victory.

I scoffed at the notion that extra rest for Santiago and his thumb would make a difference, but it appears to have worked because he gave the Twins six-plus innings, allowing three hits and no runs with four walks and two strikeouts. The Tribe’s Trevor Bauer also blanked the Twins for six innings and then both bullpens took it from there. Kipnis finally singled off Twins closer Brandon Kintzler, who got hung with the loss and fell to 0-1.

The Twins certainly had chances to score and possibly win Monday’s game. Max Kepler came to the plate late in the game with the bases loaded and couldn’t produce, contributing to the 11 men left on base. They also banged out nine hits, including doubles from Joe Mauer, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario, and yet still couldn’t score.

The Twins fall to 8-6 on the season versus the Tribe, but they have a good chance to make it nine wins and end the losing streak when they face Josh Tomlin on Tuesday. Tomlin, who had a good first half, has hit a rough patch this month, going 0-5 with an ERA of 10.80, according to MLB.com.

Meanwhile, journeyman Andrew Albers, recently recalled to join the Twins bullpen, gets the ball on Tuesday. He last made a big league start in 2013, according to MLB.com, which also noted that Albers shutout the Indians the same year.

Just what the doctor ordered.

 

 

 

August 29, 2016

On to Cleveland: Will the Twins win there?

As predicted, Kyle Gibson and the Twins couldn’t beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, so the losing streak now stands at 10 games. It’s the longest losing streak of the season, and they’ll now have to try to end it in Cleveland with Hector Santiago on Monday. I’m not hopeful. Longest Twins losing streaks14... Continue Reading »

August 28, 2016

Losing streak stands at 9 games after Blue Jays rally to top Twins

The Twins handed starter Ervin Santana a 5-0 lead on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Blue Jays chipped away all game to finally take the lead and preserve the 8-7 win. For the Twins, it was the team’s ninth straight loss, tying the longest losing streak of the season. In case you’ve... Continue Reading »

August 27, 2016

Twins pounded by Blue Jays to extend losing streak to 8 games

On three occasions, I’ve written about moments in the season when it appeared the Twins might fall trap to an extended losing streak. And in two of those cases, I’m happy to say my dire predictions did not come true. But not this time. After the Twins were swept at the hands of the Kansas... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2016

Pitching? What pitching? Twins lose to Tigers — again

What’s left to say? Twins pitching is terrible and it showed again Wednesday after Tyler Duffey gave up seven hits and six runs, all earned, in three-plus innings of work. Duffey might lead the team with eight wins, but now he also leads the team with 10 losses. He exited the game with an ERA... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2016

Losing streak grows to 5 games after Twins drop opener to Tigers

The Twins endured a self-inflicted loss on Tuesday with too many walks, too many wild pitches and too many home runs. The result was an 8-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers and a losing streak that stands at five games. Starter Kyle Gibson got hung with the loss and fell to 5-8. He had command... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2016

Now the Twins’ season could get really ugly, part 3

The Twins were swept on the road by the Kansas City Royals and now they come home to face the Detroit Tigers for three games, before hitting the road to play the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians. All of this could go very badly for the Twins. It was the Royals' first four-game... Continue Reading »

August 20, 2016

Twins’ Kyle Gibson wins, beats Atlanta Braves — so what?

Starter Kyle Gibson beat the Atlanta Braves the other night, making it two wins over the Braves to even the season series with the club. Gibson also threw his first career 9-inning complete game to win 10-3. That’s great, Kyle. Good job. Nice work. Atta boy. Way to go. Now, can you go out and... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2016

Tweet stirs reporter to call former Twin Nick Punto

The Twins on Tuesday got their first win over the Atlanta Braves this season, getting another quality start out of Ervin Santana, who scattered four hits over seven innings and didn’t allow a run in a 4-2 victory. He also walked two, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.43. I wish I could... Continue Reading »

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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.