May 7, 2021

Unbelievable: Twins now 0-7 in extra innings

So much for getting the season back on track.

After taking two of three games from the Kansas City Royals, it appeared the Twins may have found a little momentum to get another series win over the Texas Rangers. Instead, the club dropped three of four games to the Rangers at home, including two more games in extra innings, which means the Twins are now 0-7 when playing free baseball.

They lost 4-3 on Thursday in the 10th inning.

The Twins scored three runs on eight hits. Max Kepler hit a solo shot and Willians Astudillo had three hits, but the lineup largely struggled, going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. They also struck out 13 times on Thursday and 15 times on Wednesday to lose 3-1.

Starter Michael Pineda gave the Twins a quality start and reliever Taylor Rogers struck out four on 15 pitches, but reliever Hansel Robles blew the save after he allowed a home run. Later, reliever Tyler Duffey uncorked a wild pitch, which allowed a base runner to advance to third, and then he served up the go-ahead RBI single for the loss.

The 11-19 Twins now head to Motown to play the 9-23 Tigers. Yep, it’s the battle of the bottom. Matt Shoemaker gets the ball. Another bad start out of Shoe and I bet the clock starts ticking on his tenure with the club.

Extra innings…

-Miguel Sano, who we used to think of as a slugger, has rejoined the lineup. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Thursday.

-This is the kind of news the Twins absolutely don’t need: Byron Buxton is day to day with a strained hip.

-Longtime Twins infield prospect, Nick Gordon, finally made his major league debut on Thursday. He had a hit, a walk, stole two bases and turned a double play, one of two on the day for the Twins. More bright spots, please.

-And then there was this…

-The 1924 Phillies were 55-96-1, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

May 5, 2021

Twins fall to 0-6 when playing free baseball

The Twins remained winless in extra-inning games on Tuesday after the bullpen collapsed late to give the Texas Rangers the 6-3 win. The club beat the Rangers on Monday, 6-5, but both games were very similar. Here’s why: starting pitching did not go deep into the game, which meant manager Rocco Baldelli had to go... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2021

Twins win first series in a month

The Twins took two of three games from the division-leading Kansas City Royals, and they did it in smash-mouth style, scoring nine runs in Game 1 and 13 runs on Sunday. It was the first series win for the Twins since they took two of three games from the Detroit Tigers in early April. The... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2021

It’s called a winning streak, Twins fans

The Twins made it two wins in a row on Friday after their Game 1 beat down of the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals, 9-1. Two rookies made key contributions to the win, and where would the Twins be without Byron Buxton? Rookie Alex Kirilloff hit two home runs and drove in four of the... Continue Reading »

April 29, 2021

Give more speeches, Rocco

After Tuesday’s terrible Twins loss, manager Rocco Baldelli addressed the club after the game. And whatever he said, worked, because the Twins stepped on the gas early in Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and never looked back. The #MNTwins got a much-needed laugher today. They avoid a series sweep with a 10-2 blowout over... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2021

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose in spectacular fashion — again

Sixty-nine years ago Red Smith, the Dean of all American sportswriters, went to his typewriter (or so I presume) and tapped out the most famous sports lede of all time after the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a ball into the left field stands at the Polo Grounds off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca.... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2021

Twins fall to 0-5 when playing free baseball

The Twins fell to 7-14 on Monday after another all-too familiar loss. So far this season that has meant not enough hits, not enough runs, mental mistakes and just plain bad luck. Once the Twins play extra innings, it’s like entering Death Valley for some reason, and once closer Alex Colome is handed the ball…... Continue Reading »

April 26, 2021

This Twins season is starting to feel a lot like 2018

In 2017, the Twins shocked the baseball world, and perhaps themselves, after they were good enough to finish eight games over .500 and claim a spot in the postseason as a wildcard team — all this after losing 103 games in 2016. Twins manager Paul Molitor was named AL Manager of the Year and it... Continue Reading »

April 25, 2021

Twins go in search of offense and can’t find it in loss to Pirates

The Twins have split the first two games of their three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins scored two runs on five hits to shut out the Bucs on Friday because J.A. Happ allowed only one hit over seven-plus innings. Otherwise, a five-hit game is not ideal. On Saturday, the Twins couldn’t... 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.