August 30, 2020

Oh, boy: Twins lose twice to Tigers

The not-so-terrible Tigers on Saturday swept a doubleheader from the Twins, a situation that now has the team from Minnesota looking up in the AL Central at new league leaders. The Tribe is in first, the White Sox are in second and the Twins are now in third place, 1.5 games out of the top spot.

Both games were lousy. Game 1 starter, Randy Dobnak, the feel-good story of 2020 for the Twins, was terrible. The Dobber allowed six runs, all earned, on 12 hits over four-plus innings. Reliever Lewis Thorpe wasn’t much better and the Tigers won, 8-2, scoring those runs on a hard-to-fathom 16 hits.

In Game 2, the Twins went with the opener format and sent five relievers to the mound. It worked OK, but Trevor May served up a two-run home run and Tyler Duffey did the same and that was the game, 4-2, Tigers.

The Twins had a grand total of eight hits in two games. The only bright spot: Nelson Cruz hit a home run in each game and now has 13 dingers on the season through 34 games. How many home runs can he hit over the next 26 games? It will be incredible if he finishes the season in the range of 25-30 home runs.

Kenta Maeda, suddenly the Twins’ best pitcher, gets the ball on Sunday.

Extra innings…

-The only other bright spot to emerge from the doubleheader? The Twins turned four double plays in Game 1.

-The Twins’ offense was offensive. In Game 1, they were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base. In Game 2, they were 0-for-2 and left one man on base. In other words, they weren’t even creating chances to score. The Twins earned a grand total of one base on balls over two games. Ugh. And who had the one walk? Eddie Rosario.

August 27, 2020

Twins drop series to Tribe

The Twins lost the game and the series on Wednesday after the bullpen served up three runs late for a 6-3 Cleveland win. Although reliever Sergio Romo was tagged with the loss, Jose Berrios again gave the Twins an uneven start. He was brilliant in his last appearance, but lacked command in this one after... Continue Reading »

August 26, 2020

Bullpen blows it after Twins get to Bieber

Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber struck out 10 batters on Tuesday, but he also allowed four hits and three walks, and that was enough for the Twins to score two runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. That lead would hold up for four innings, then Twins reliever Jorge... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2020

For the Twins, it’s 30 games played with 30 games to go

The Twins improved to 20-10 at the halfway mark of the 60-game season after they rallied against Cleveland and held on for a 3-2 win on Monday. When these two teams get together — the two best teams in the AL Central — the games are low-scoring, nail-biting affairs. The Twins are 4-1 against the... Continue Reading »

August 24, 2020

Twins take series from Royals. Now, it’s on to Cleveland

The Twins took two of three games from the Kansas City Royals, including Sunday’s game, 5-4. It never should have been that close. The Twins banged out 13 hits, but left 11 men on base and were 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Still, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario and Marwin Gonzalez had 10... Continue Reading »

August 23, 2020

Don’t look now Twins fans because the White Sox and Indians are on fire

It’s a good thing the Twins won on Saturday because it keeps them just a step ahead of the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, two teams that are playing really well right now. The South Siders had no problems with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and have now hit 27 home runs in seven... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2020

Twins fall to 0-4 against Royals on the road

The Twins turned in a dud Friday night after a breakout performance by Jose Berrios on Thursday. First, the bad news. Starter Jake Odorizzi and reliever Zack Littell exited Friday’s game with apparent injuries, and Twins hitters accomplished little in between, mustering only six hits in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

August 20, 2020

Remember Tuesday’s brilliant pitching? That didn’t happen Wednesday as Twins lose big to Brewers

Ex-Dodger Rich Hill looked every bit like a 40-year-old pitcher and the bullpen was just as bad as the Brewers scored early and often to beat the Twins, 9-3, on Wednesday. Hill got into trouble right away, lasting all of two-plus innings. He allowed four runs, all earned, on 53 pitches. He also walked three... Continue Reading »

August 19, 2020

Twins hang on for extra-innings win after no-hit bid ends in 9th

Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda was brilliant for eight innings on Tuesday. He didn’t allow a hit, he struck out 12 and he didn’t win. That’s because the Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs in the ninth to force an extra-innings game that the Twins finally won in the 12th, 4-3. Jorge Polanco’s infield single scored the... 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.