August 25, 2016

Pitching? What pitching? Twins lose to Tigers — again

What’s left to say? Twins pitching is terrible and it showed again Wednesday after Tyler Duffey gave up seven hits and six runs, all earned, in three-plus innings of work. Duffey might lead the team with eight wins, but now he also leads the team with 10 losses. He exited the game with an ERA of 6.24 and the Twins went on to lose 9-4 to the Detroit Tigers.

The only bright spot in Wednesday’s game was Brian Dozier, who hit his 30th home run of the season. Since moving to Target Field in 2010, he’s only the second Twin to hit 30 homers in a season. The first was Josh Willingham, who hit 35 in 2012.

Extra innings…

-As expected, struggling starter Hector Santiago will get some more rest between starts after the Twins announced he has a bruised thumb. Let’s see if the skipped start actually helps. Since coming to the Twins in exchange for pitcher Ricky Nolasco, he is 0-4 with an ERA of 10.89.

-Korean slugger Byung Ho Park will have season-ending surgery on his wrist. Park, who joined the Twins this season, got off to a quick start with 12 home runs, but then he struggled at the plate and earned a trip to Triple-A Rochester — where he also struggled. His .224 batting average in the minors is a little disconcerting.

-Wednesday’s loss was the sixth straight, making it, for the moment, the third longest this season. The Twins also have had losing streaks of eight and nine games.

-The Twins are 2-9 versus the Tigers this season.

-Fireballer Pat Light made another scoreless appearance.

-In the depressing, corporate world of baseball, the Chicago White Sox announced a 13-year naming rights agreement with Guaranteed Rate, a mortgage lender. In other words, U.S. Cellular Field (which was bad enough) will now become Guaranteed Rate Field. The Twins play their final three-game series of the season at Guaranteed Rate.





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.