May 27, 2018

Twins fall victim to yet another walk-off hit

The Twins lost in walk-off fashion for the seventh time this season after Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his eighth home run in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Twins, 4-3. Other than the home run, Zunino struck out three times and is hitting .198.

The Twins also fell to 3-10 in one-run games this season.

The pitching in this series has been pretty good for the Twins. Fernando Romero pitched well Friday and Jake Odorizzi gave the Twins five-plus innings before the bullpen took over and pitched well until the 12th inning. But this team is struggling to find hits. The Twins scored three runs on eight hits, but Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario had four of those eight hits and the only extra-base hits of the night. The rest of the lineup, particularly the bottom half of the order, has been punchless. And after Byron Buxton crashed hard into the outfield wall in an attempt to rob a home run from the Mariners, it appears he might be headed back to the disabled list. When is this team going to put it all together?

Jose Berrios gets the ball Sunday. We need you to win, Jose.

Extra innings…

-Allow me to be the fist person to say it: I bet manager Paul Molitor’s seat is getting warm. And by that I mean his job is suddenly in jeopardy. Yes, the Twins have been hurt by injuries, but there’s also too much talent on this team for them not to be playing better than they are. And whose job is it to get the most out of your team? The manager’s job. If the Twins continue to underachieve and play lackluster baseball, Molitor might be on his way out the door.

 

May 26, 2018

Twins’ Romero pitches well in loss to Mariners

Fernando Romero struck out seven in seven innings and limited the Seattle Mariners to two runs Friday night, but M’s starter James Paxton was just a little better after he struck out 11 batters in a 2-1 victory. The Twins mustered four hits and Max Kepler had two of them, including his seventh home run... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2018

Game 3 goes to Gardy and the Tigers

The Twins took two of three games from the Detroit Tigers but were denied the sweep on Wednesday after Tiger pitching silenced the Twins in a 4-1 victory. Despite the two wins, it was a lackluster series. The Twins scored 11 runs in three games, or about four runs per game (which is right around... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2018

Twins erase losing streak with winning streak

The Twins have erased a three-game losing streak with a three-game winning streak after they squeaked by the Detroit Tigers on Monday and blanked ’em on Tuesday, 6-0. Lance Lynn won for the second time this season after he showed much better command, throwing 100 pitches in six-plus scoreless innings with a walk and four... Continue Reading »

May 21, 2018

Finally, a win over the Brewers

The Twins denied the Milwaukee Brewers a sweep on Sunday after starter Jake Odorizzi and four relievers struck out 17 Milwaukee hitters. Max Kepler and Logan Morrison delivered key hits and the Twins won 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak. This time Twins’ pitching did not falter. Odorizzi struck out 10 over five-plus innings,... Continue Reading »

May 20, 2018

Before the Twins knew futility against the Yankees, they knew success

Strib columnist Patrick Reusse recently wrote about Frank Quilici, a former player, manager and broadcaster for the Twins, who died earlier this month. I learned a lot about Quilici, but I also learned this: When the Washington Senators became the Twins in 1961, the first game in the first year of the franchise was played... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2018

Nick Coleman, the reporter who captured Calvin Griffith at his worst, is dead at 67

Nick Coleman, a former reporter and columnist for the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, died this week, and the only reason I know that is because I was catching up on my Twins news when I came across his obituary in both papers. And then I learned that it was Coleman who had attended a... Continue Reading »

May 17, 2018

Make room for Lance Lynn — in the bullpen

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn fell to 1-4, his ERA stands at 7.47 and the Twins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday. And if Lynn continues to pitch like this, he’ll be sitting next to former starting pitcher Phil Hughes in the bullpen. Lynn again struggled with his command, throwing 82 pitches in... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2018

Jose Berrios gets back on track in win over Cardinals

Jose Berrios, we missed you. Berrios, who had struggled of late after starting the season strong, looked like his old self Tuesday after he struck out 10 over seven-plus innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1. The Twins are 3-0 this season versus the Cards and will go for win number four Wednesday. Berrios... 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.