June 29, 2018

The day 2 teams nearly failed to win a baseball game

When one thinks of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, power, pitching and tradition come to mind.

When one thinks of the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox… well, loyal fans might be questioning what exactly the two teams stand for after they practically outdid each other not to win on Thursday. In fact, given the way both teams played, I would expect them to still be playing, perhaps in the 60th inning by now, hoping that someone breaks the deadlock and finally scores the winning run.

I say that because the Twins and White Sox on Thursday were 0-FOR-24 WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. Yes, you read that correctly. How did they score? The Twins’ Logan Morrison hit a solo home run, the White Sox tied the game on a bases-loaded walk issued by Fernando Rodney, then the Twins scored the go-ahead run… ON A BASES-LOADED WALK. It took 13 innings, but the Twins finally prevailed 2-1 to avoid the sweep. The Twins scored seven runs in their three-game series with the South Siders.

Thursday’s game produced some ugly numbers:

-Runners in scoring position: The Twins were 0-for-9, while the White Sox were 0-for-15.

-Number of men left on base: 26; 13 for each team.

-Number of pitchers: 14; seven for each team.

-Stolen bases: Six, yet the final score was 2-1.

-Number of extra-base hits: Four in 13 innings.

-Time of game: Four hours and 51 minutes.

The Twins now head to Wrigley Field for a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs. Jose Berrios gets the ball Friday.

June 28, 2018

Twins drop series to South Siders (so much for predictions)

My crystal ball must have a crack in it because after predicting that the Twins had a shot to go 12-4 over the next 16 games due to some relatively weak competition (the White Sox, Orioles and Royals), the Twins lost Tuesday and Wednesday to lose the series against the Pale Hose. Wednesday’s loss was... Continue Reading »

June 25, 2018

Jose Berrios stops the bleeding at 3 games

The three-game losing streak is over after Jose Berrios, the Twins’ best pitcher, delivered a gem of a start, striking out 12 in seven innings to beat the Texas Rangers, 2-0. The 12 strikeouts set a new personal high for Berrios and he improved to 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA. Twins pitching was atrocious during... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2018

The first designated hitter to hit a home run? The Twins’ Tony Oliva

I experienced a moment of serendipity Friday at the local thrift store, of all places. I was perusing used books when I came across the following: “Baseball: A doubleheader collection of facts, feats and firsts,” which was compiled by editors of The Sporting News and published in 1993. The book fell open to a bookmarked... Continue Reading »

June 21, 2018

First the Twins beat Chris Sale, then David Price

The Twins beat Chris Sale on Tuesday and David Price on Wednesday, and now will go for the sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Twins will face Red Sox starter Rick Porcello and there’s a good chance they beat him, too. In his career, Porcello is 10-10 against the Twins with a... Continue Reading »

June 20, 2018

Twins chase Red Sox’s Chris Sale, then pounce on Boston bullpen

Despite 11 strikeouts, the Twins hung around long enough to score two runs on Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, one of the best pitchers in the game, then pounced on the bullpen to take Game 1 of the three-game series, 6-2. And if it’s not Eddie Rosario helping the Twins win, it’s Eduardo Escobar,... Continue Reading »

June 17, 2018

If only the Twins played Cleveland every game

The Cleveland Indians seem to bring out the best in the Minnesota Twins. The Twins, a team that has struggled to hit and score runs of late, had no trouble Saturday after they exploded for nine runs on 13 hits in a blowout win over the Tribe, 9-3. And the top of the order was... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2018

Well, at least the Twins can beat Cleveland

The Twins struggled with the White Sox, the Angels and the Tigers, but at least they can beat the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians. And they did it in style Friday by beating ace Corey Kluber on the road. They jumped all over Kluber early and cruised from there, ultimately winning, 6-3. Once again, Eddie Rosario... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2018

Twins score 2 runs on 4 hits in Wednesday’s loss to Tigers

Jose Berrios held the Detroit Tigers to one run over six innings, then watched as reliever Addison Reed gave it all away in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday. In the bottom of the eighth, Reed gave up five hits, four runs, but only three were earned because of a throwing error. Still, the damage was... 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.