June 19, 2019

Twins get walk-off win over Red Sox in 17 innings

The Twins’ Max Kepler played hero on Tuesday and again early Wednesday morning. He hit a game-tying blast in the 13th inning and then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 17th to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3. It was the Twins’ first walk-off win of the season.

The win also snapped a two-game losing streak. The Twins have yet to lose three games in a row this season.

Both teams scored in the fourth inning, both teams scored in the seventh and eighth innings, and then the Red Sox took a 3-2 lead in top of the 13th inning. But in the bottom of the inning, Kepler stepped up and crushed the ball for his 18th home run and tied the game at 3-3. In the bottom of the 17th, the Twins’ Luis Arraez singled, Eddie Rosario doubled and C.J. Cron was intentionally walked to face Kepler. And that was the game.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-Kepler also singled to tie the game in the eighth inning.

-The Twins are 48-24.

-Tuesday’s game was five hours, 45 minutes.

-If Kepler was the hero, Miguel Sano was the goat. He had a horrific game. Sano was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts. He’s now hitting .225.

-The two teams combined had 32 hits; 17 for the Red Sox, 15 for the Twins.

-They also left 30 men on base; 16 for the Twins, 14 for the Red Sox.

-The two teams also used 16 relievers; eight for each team.

-The Twins exhausted their bullpen and finally had to turn to rookie reliever, Zack Littell. But Littell did just fine. He pitched two innings of scoreless baseball with two strikeouts and got the win. He entered the game with an ERA of more than 11.00, but had slashed it to 8.64 by the time he was done.

-I thought Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was rolling the dice when he lifted reliever Tyler Duffey after only two innings. Duffey has experience as a starting pitcher, so I expected him to get three, maybe four innings of work before Baldelli moved on to the weaker part of the Twins bullpen.

-Byron Buxton and Ehire Adrianza have landed on the 10-day injury list. In their place, the Twins have called up infielder Arraez and outfielder Jake Cave. Both played in Tuesday’s game.

-And now one more opinion about Monday’s loss to the Red Sox.

June 18, 2019

Jose Berrios steps up, the Twins step back

Twins starting pitcher, Jose Berrios, delivered a big-time performance on Monday against a big-time team, the Boston Red Sox. After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Berrios pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Now, if only the Twins had provided a little offense. Instead,... Continue Reading »

June 17, 2019

If you wanna be the best in baseball, you beat the weakest teams in baseball

The Boston Red Sox on Sunday swept the Baltimore Orioles, the worst team in baseball. That’s a fitting and appropriate result. The Red Sox are the defending World Series champions, and even though Boston has gotten off to a slow start this year, they’ve now won five straight games. The Twins should have done the... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2019

Should the Twins take a flier on reliever Cody Allen?

Cody Allen, a former lights out reliever for the Cleveland Indians, has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to various reports. Allen struggled last season with the Angels, and this season wasn’t any better, which finally led the Halos to effectively cut ties with the closer. Despite two down... Continue Reading »

June 15, 2019

Battery mates win it for the Twins

Nearly every Twins player has made a significant contribution to the great season the club has had so far. But on Friday, they needed only two: Kyle Gibson and Mitch Garver. Gibson pitched eight scoreless innings and catcher Garver hit a two-run home run and that was enough for the Twins to beat the lowly... Continue Reading »

June 13, 2019

About the Twins bullpen…

When the Twins are knocking the ball around the field or driving it into the seats, they are, as their record shows, one of the best teams in baseball. But when the games are close and the club needs to rely on its relievers to keep them in the game, it’s clear that they have... Continue Reading »

June 12, 2019

The 9-game home stand is off to a good start

The Twins are back home for a nine-game home stand, and they didn’t disappoint Tuesday after they rallied for three runs late to beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-5. The M’s took an early lead, the Twins responded with back-to-back home runs from Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro to tie the game, then fell behind again.... Continue Reading »

June 10, 2019

Twins top Tigers 12-2, win series

What? Me worry? — Alfred E. Neuman After much hand-wringing about the state of the Twins bullpen in my previous post, the Twins returned to the diamond Sunday and reminded Twins fans, including this one, that sometimes they’re not going to need a bullpen at all. In fact, the Twins have already done that several... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2019

It’s the bullpen, stupid

Starter Kyle Gibson fell to 6-3 on Saturday after Gardy’s guys, the Detroit Tigers, knocked off the Twins 9-3. Although Gibson was credited with the loss, it was reliever Matt Magill’s performance that once again has me concerned about the Twins bullpen. What’s there to be concerned about? I hear you ask. After all the... 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.