August 24, 2019

Really? Twins lose to Tigers

The Twins accomplished the unthinkable Friday night with a 9-6 loss at home to the Detroit Tigers, a team that is nearly 50 games under .500 at 39-87. Even worse: The Twins took an early 3-0 lead.

Twins starting pitching has struggled of late, but on Friday both the starting pitching and relief played a role in serving up nine runs on an incredible 17 hits. Jose Berrios fell to 10-7 after he gave up five runs, all earned, on 10 hits, including a grand slam.

Relievers Sergio Romo and Ryne Harper also surrendered four runs.

Meanwhile, Tigers starter Drew VerHagen, who has an ERA of 6.31, struck out 11 Twins over six innings. Ugh.

Despite an awful loss, the Twins still lead the Cleveland Indians by 2.5 games because they were swept by the New York Mets. However, the Tribe did beat the Royals 4-1 on Friday.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Some twitter reaction to the Twins’ loss:

(From what I know, Berrios works extremely hard at his craft. Better days ahead, Jose, better days ahead).

August 22, 2019

Twins drop series to White Sox. Jesus.

The Twins’ August schedule suddenly doesn’t look as promising as it once did, especially if the Twins are going to continue to struggle against the Chicago White Sox. The Twins ran into a buzzsaw named Lucas Giolito on Wednesday, who pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and won, 4-0. The Twins dropped... Continue Reading »

August 21, 2019

Twins’ Nelson Cruz playing like he’s 29, not 39

Tendon-be-damned Nelson Cruz, who apparently is going to play through that tendon-related injury in his left wrist, unloaded on the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night with a home run and three doubles to power the Twins to a 14-4 blowout win. The South Siders took a 3-0 lead early and then the Twins went to... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2019

Twins win again, Tribe loses again

The Twins will try to sweep the Texas Rangers on Sunday, while the Cleveland Indians will try to avoid the series loss to the New York Yankees. As it stands now, the Twins picked up another game on the Tribe after they beat the Rangers on Saturday and the Indians lost to the Yanks. Their... Continue Reading »

August 16, 2019

Twins’ August schedule pays off with wider lead over Tribe

After a rough four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, the Twins split two games with the Milwaukee Brewers and have won the first two games of a four-game set against the Texas Rangers, including Friday’s 4-3 win. Meanwhile, as expected, the Tribe, after departing the Twin Cities, didn’t find it so easy to battle the... Continue Reading »

August 11, 2019

Well… shit

The Twins’ Jose Berrios had a much improved outing, the team rallied to tie the game late, but ace lefty Taylor Rogers served up a grand slam in extras and the Twins lost to the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Sunday. It was an ugly series for Minnesota, which dropped three of four games at home... Continue Reading »

August 9, 2019

Remember Sano’s pinch hit, walk-off home run, Twins fans?

It’s amazing how quickly things can go from good to bad in the game of baseball. On Monday, slugger Miguel Sano drilled a pitch into the night sky in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-3. After a lackluster July, Monday’s win felt like the Twins had finally shaken off their... Continue Reading »

August 6, 2019

Twins pick up a game on Tribe after pinch hit, walk-off blast

With the Twins and Atlanta Braves tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth on Monday, Twins manager, Rocco Baldelli, turned to slugger, Miguel Sano, and had him pinch hit for first baseman Ehire Adrianza. With a man on, Sano stood in and took strike one from Braves reliever, Chris Martin. The next pitch he... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2019

Twins shut out Royals, earn first sweep since late May

Twins rookie starter Devin Smeltzer allowed only two hits over six innings and three relievers pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way to shut out the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday.  It was the Twins’ eighth sweep of the season and the club’s first since late May when the Twins took three games... 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.