July 28, 2021

Bullpen collapses late, Twins lose in extra innings

Tuesday’s tilt against the Tigers was a repeat of Monday’s game. Except this time the Twins lost.

Mitch Garver hit a first-inning grand slam, Willians Astudillo added a solo shot of his own, and the Twins took a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning. And then it all fell apart.

Twins reliever Hansel Robles allowed a single, a double and a walk, followed by Tigers catcher, Eric Haase, who hit a grand slam to tie the game at 5-5. In the 11th, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run and Motown held on for the 6-5 win. The Twins won 6-5 on Monday.

Kenta Maeda made a quality start, allowing only one run over six-plus innings, but didn’t figure in the decision. That fell to reliever Jorge Alcala, who allowed the Cabrera single and fell to 2-5 with a 5.54 ERA.

J.A. Happ gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now 7-10 when playing free baseball.

-If Twins reliever Taylor Rogers was viewed as trade bait, he probably isn’t now after he injured a finger and wound up on the 10-day injured list. If that keeps him a Twin, that’s fine with me. Catcher Garver, who has hit well since returning from an extended stay on the injured list after he was hit directly on the groin with a foul tip, was hit by a pitch in Tuesday’s game. He exited the game and is now day-to-day with right wrist pain. That guy can’t catch a break and neither can the Twins because they have been beset by injuries all season.

-The Twins may have found another slugger in rookie Brent Rooker. He had three more hits on Tuesday, including a double.

-The Twins turned three double plays.

-It’s hard to believe, but even the Twins and Tigers are two teams going in separate directions. The Tigers are 48-55 on the season, while the Twins fell back to 43-59.

-On July 25, 1967, the Twins’ Harmon Killebrew hits a first-inning home run at Yankee Stadium to take a 1-0 lead over the Bronx Bombers, then Jim Kaat holds the Yanks scoreless until two outs in the ninth when Mickey Mantle homers to tie the game at 1-1, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The game is then rained out and replayed Aug. 18, with the Yankees winning 1-0.

July 27, 2021

Twins improve to 8-5 versus Tigers after extra-innings win

Old friend Robbie Grossman forced extra innings on Monday after he hit a two-run home run off long-suffering Twins reliever, Alex Colome, to tie the game at 5-5. But in the bottom of the 10th, Andrelton Simmons earned a free pass to first base, pitcher Kenta Maeda, of all people, replaced him as a pinch... Continue Reading »

July 26, 2021

Twins lose. Now, is the great unraveling about to begin?

The Twins dropped three of four games to the Los Angeles Angels, including a 6-2 loss on Sunday. The Twins are now a season-worst 16 games under .500. Moving on… The real Twins news on Sunday broke during the game when The Athletic reported that injured center fielder Byron Buxton had rejected a Twins’ contract... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2021

Twins nearly no-hit by Angels, lose anyway

The Twins avoided the no-hitter on Saturday, but the club’s ninth inning rally still fell short after Miguel Sano struck out for the third time in the game, stranding the tying run at second base. Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval made quite the start. He was spotted two runs in the top of the first inning,... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2021

Farewell, Nelson Cruz

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who hit 76 home runs for the Twins over two-plus seasons, is gone after he was dealt Thursday to the contending Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two Triple-A pitchers who aren’t expected to stay in the minors for long. The trade is not surprising — Cruz was signed with the... Continue Reading »

July 22, 2021

Kepler and Polanco homer again, but this time the Twins win

Max Kepler got things started with his 12th home run of the season, and the Twins tacked on six more runs from there to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 and split the four-game series on Wednesday. Although Kepler homered and singled and scored two runs, the night belonged to Jorge Polanco, who singled, doubled... Continue Reading »

July 21, 2021

If only the wins were as memorable as the losses

In case you’ve forgotten, the Twins won Game 1 of their current four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Don’t remember it? Well, that’s understandable because they lost in walk-off fashion in Game 2 on Monday and collapsed late to lose 9-5 on Tuesday. The Twins rallied to take a 5-4 lead over the Sox... Continue Reading »

July 19, 2021

All is not well in Twins Territory

The Twins headed into the break with a 7-2 record against the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, they emerged from it at 7-5 after they were swept by the Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. This is not a good sign. The Twins, other than all-stars Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers, essentially had the week off to rejuvenate... Continue Reading »

July 12, 2021

Twins escape extra-innings bugaboo, top Tigers in 12-9 thriller

The Twins swept four games from the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, finally winning the game in extra innings to cap a four-hour roller coaster ride. Neither team did anything for four innings, then they exploded, scoring 21 runs on 20 hits. The Twins fell behind 4-0, then rallied to take an 8-5 lead going into... 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.