September 19, 2019

Twins lose; baseball is weird

The Twins must have expended all their energies on Tuesday night’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox because they went quietly in a 3-1 loss to the South Siders on Wednesday.

It’s hard to imagine that a team that has set record after record for home runs this season could muster so little offense, but that’s exactly what happened. Eight Pale Hose pitchers combined to three-hit the Twins. The Twins still won the series, but their lead over the Cleveland Indians fell to four games.

With no run support, Jake Odorizzi took the loss, despite nine strikeouts over five-plus innings. He allowed two runs. The third run allowed came on a solo shot off Twins reliever, Brusdar Graterol.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball on Thursday for the first game in a four-game set with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals always seem game to play the Twins, so I hope the offense comes around and scores a few runs.

Extra innings…

-The Twins need to win Thursday because Cleveland is not going to lose to Detroit. The terrible Tigers came close to winning on Wednesday, but still fell short in extra-innings and lost 2-1. It was the Tigers’ 16th consecutive loss to the Tribe. The Indians are 17-1 against the Tigers this season with one more game to go.

September 18, 2019

Can you feel it Twins fans? This thing is happening

The Twins had no business winning Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox, perhaps trying to make good on the last gasp of summer, scored eight runs on 20 hits, including a Twins-like four home runs. But the Twins scratched together a rally in the bottom of the 12th and won the game 9-8 in walk-off... Continue Reading »

September 17, 2019

Game 1 of 13 is in the books. And it was a win.

The Twins rallied from an early deficit on Monday to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 and extend their lead over the Cleveland Indians to five games in the American League Central. It was the Twins’ 12th win over the South Siders this season. Starter Jose Berrios got into trouble early, then settled down to... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2019

The final 13 games of the season are here. What’s it gonna be, Minnesota?

The final two weeks of the 2019 season are upon us. The Twins lead their division by 4.5 games and, by most accounts, it’s easy street from here on out. To wrap up their campaign, they play the 83-loss Chicago White Sox, the 95-loss Kansas City Royals and the 104-loss Detroit Tigers. But seven of... Continue Reading »

September 15, 2019

Road Warriors respond with doubleheader sweep of Tribe

After the Twins won only two of six games during their last home stand, they responded with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Where were they? On the road, of course, where they have played well all season. In Game 1, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run home run and five pitchers made... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2019

Berrios, Garver deliver good news on an otherwise terrible day

What should be a joyous run to the post-season for Twins baseball has suddenly become a sideshow of off-the-field distractions. After the Twins lost starting pitcher Michael Pineda to a 60-game suspension, the team announced Tuesday that superstar outfielder and offensive spark plug, Byron Buxton, will have season-ending shoulder surgery. It’s just another in a... Continue Reading »

September 9, 2019

The new-look Twins don’t look very good

Dealing with injuries, players who are day-to-day and a major suspension (see Michael Pineda’s status), the Twins went with a youthful lineup and youth on the mound and it showed in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. The Twins scored two runs on five hits, getting three extra-base hits and two singles.... Continue Reading »

September 8, 2019

Twins win softens blow of Pineda suspension

The Twins rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians Saturday night, reminding Twins fans everywhere that the club, despite numerous injuries this season, has been resilient and deep enough to keep on winning. Now, they’ve been handed a new challenge: winning without starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, who was suspended 60 games prior to Saturday’s game. That... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2019

Twins win thriller after Rosario makes game-ending throw to home plate

Jake Cave made a fantastic catch, Willians Astudillo hit a clutch single and Eddie Rosario threw out a runner at home plate to end the game and send the Twins to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Twins took two of three games from Boston and now head home to... 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.