June 14, 2016

If only the Twins played the Angels every day

Update: Never mind.

Earlier: Well, the Twins’ four-game winning streak versus the Angels came to an end Tuesday night after a 5-4 loss. I guess this was inevitable, considering how the Twins have played this year, and Tuesday’s loss reflected the season so far: enough hitting and defense to keep it close, but not enough quality pitching to secure the win.

Starter Ervin Santana was not good. He lasted five innings against his old club, giving up 10 hits and five runs, all earned, including two home runs. He falls to 1-7 with an ERA of 5.10. Santana has been a bust for the Twins. He’s in the second year of a 4-year, $55 million deal with the Twins, which includes a club option for 2019, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He won only seven games last year after he was suspended for the first 80 games of the season for using performance enhancing drugs — and he may not even get to seven wins this season.

Now only one team has yet to beat the Twins — the Seattle Mariners.

Original post: Despite a win-loss record of 20-43 and no wins this season against the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Oakland A’s and the Washington Nationals, the Twins are still undefeated against the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

And they beat the Angels again Monday night, 9-4, to make it four straight wins against the Halos. The Angels, like the Twins, aren’t very good this year, and Monday’s loss dropped them to last place in the American League West, 10 games under .500.

Pitcher Ricky Nolasco won his third game of the year — and his three wins, believe it or not, leads the staff — plus the Twins continue to show plenty of power in Miguel Sano’s absence. Trevor Plouffe hit another home run, the surprising Robbie Grossman continues to hit with power and Byron Buxton hit his first for the Twins this season.

Ervin Santana, who started his pitching career with the Angels, gets the ball on Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Highly ranked relief pitcher J.T. Chargois was called up last week from Triple-A Rochester, but he’s already been sent back down after a disastrous outing against the Boston Red Sox. After giving up five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, he left the game with a 67.50 ERA.

-The Twins have claimed relief pitcher Neil Ramirez off waivers, according to MLB.com. This is his third team this season after spending time with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. Ramirez, according to MLB.com, has a 2.42 ERA, with three saves, in 79 career appearances. This season, though, he has a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances.

-German-born outfielder and rookie Max Kepler hit his first home run on Sunday to beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-4. His first homer also happened to be a three-run, walk-off blast to down the BoSox.

-Boston College product Pat Dean pitched another quality start in the win over Boston. He went six-plus innings, allowing one earned run with four walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Michael Tonkin got the win, his second.

-The Twins turned four double plays in their win over Boston on Sunday.

-The Twins drafted two players from the Northwest last week: Infielder Caleb Hamilton, a junior at Oregon State University, and right-handed pitcher Quin Grogan, a senior at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho. This past season, Grogan appeared in 14 games, striking out 83 in 75-plus innings, according to the school website. Hamilton, according to Oregon State, has played in 149 games over three seasons, batting .223 with 12 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 53 runs batted in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

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.