June 22, 2019

This time the Twins rally to beat Royals

For the second game in a row, the Twins served up three runs in the first inning. This time, however, the offense found life and rallied to score five runs late to beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-7.

After a punchless loss on Thursday, the Twins scored eight runs on 13 hits, including home runs from C.J. Cron, his 16th, and Miguel Sano, his eighth. Sano was sorely in need of a hit after he struck out four times on Friday. Eddie Rosario had three hits and Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Jonathan Schoop had two hits apiece.

Jose Berrios gets the ball on Saturday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are closing in on 50 wins at 49-26.

-The Twins and Royals have split the first two games of the four-game series. On Thursday, the Twins lost 4-1.

-It’s been a rough couple of days in the field for Willians Astudillo. He committed two errors on Thursday and a third on Friday. However, the Twins also have turned five double plays in the first two games of this series.

-After the long series with the Boston Red Sox, including the 17-inning marathon on Tuesday, the Twins appeared lifeless in Thursday’s loss to the Royals. The Twins scored a run on five hits and committed three errors. It was that kind of day.

-The Twins have struck a couple of minor league deals in recent days, getting pitchers Drew Hutchison and Ian Krol.

According to MLB Trade Rumors:

Now 28, Hutchison is still best known for an occasionally effective run with the Blue Jays from 2012-16. Since then, though, the former Tommy John surgery patient hasn’t produced much in the majors with the Pirates, Phillies or Rangers. Despite useful strikeout and walk rates (8.11 K/9, 3.07 BB), Hutchison has managed an unappealing 5.10 ERA/4.45 FIP in 460 1/3 major league innings – mostly as a starter.

 

Krol was a viable major leaguer as recently as 2016, when he pitched to a 3.18 ERA/2.91 FIP with 9.88 K/9, 2.29 BB/9 and a 56 percent grounder rate in 51 innings as part of the Braves’ relief corps. But Krol otherwise hasn’t experienced a ton of big league success. Also a former National, Tiger and Angel, Krol has registered a 4.50 ERA/4.43 FIP with 8.43 K/9, 3.46 BB/9 and a 45.2 percent GB mark in 190 innings at the sport’s top level.

June 20, 2019

Twins go ‘wild’ against Red Sox, lose

Twins pitching issued 10 walks on Wednesday, including five walks in four-plus innings from starter, Kyle Gibson, and that theme, established early in the game, resulted in a 9-4 loss and a series loss to the Boston Red Sox. Gibson was terrible. He allowed six runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.... Continue Reading »

June 19, 2019

Twins get walk-off win over Red Sox in 17th inning

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 18, 2019

Jose Berrios steps up, the Twins step back

Twins starting pitcher, Jose Berrios, delivered a big-time performance on Monday against a big-time team, the Boston Red Sox. After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Berrios pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Now, if only the Twins had provided a little offense. Instead,... Continue Reading »

June 17, 2019

If you wanna be the best in baseball, you beat the weakest teams in baseball

The Boston Red Sox on Sunday swept the Baltimore Orioles, the worst team in baseball. That’s a fitting and appropriate result. The Red Sox are the defending World Series champions, and even though Boston has gotten off to a slow start this year, they’ve now won five straight games. The Twins should have done the... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2019

Should the Twins take a flier on reliever Cody Allen?

Cody Allen, a former lights out reliever for the Cleveland Indians, has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to various reports. Allen struggled last season with the Angels, and this season wasn’t any better, which finally led the Halos to effectively cut ties with the closer. Despite two down... 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 »

June 13, 2019

About the Twins bullpen…

When the Twins are knocking the ball around the field or driving it into the seats, they are, as their record shows, one of the best teams in baseball. But when the games are close and the club needs to rely on its relievers to keep them in the game, it’s clear that they have... Continue Reading »

June 12, 2019

The 9-game home stand is off to a good start

The Twins are back home for a nine-game home stand, and they didn’t disappoint Tuesday after they rallied for three runs late to beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-5. The M’s took an early lead, the Twins responded with back-to-back home runs from Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro to tie the game, then fell behind again.... Continue Reading »

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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.