September 19, 2016

Twins’ spoiler tour bombs in New York

The Twins, who made life interesting for the playoff-contending Detroit Tigers after a four-game split last week, brought the spoiler tour to New York and bombed, getting swept in three games by the Mets.

The Twins scored four runs in three games, including back-to-back 3-2 losses on Saturday and Sunday. Despite eight hits, a 4-for-4 day from Robbie Grossman and a solo shot from Kennys Vargas, the Twins still mustered only two runs on Sunday. The problem? They struck out 15 times as a team.

Hector Santiago gets the ball on Monday Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 22 games.

-Outfielder Eddie Rosario has a possible hairline fracture in his left thumb.

-The Twins are now 40 games under .500 at 55-95.

-Shortstop Jorge Polanco committed his 11th error on Sunday to give the Twins 115 on the season.

-The Twins turned three double plays in Sunday’s loss.

-The spoiler tour, such as it is, now comes home to Target Field to host the Detroit Tigers for three games, followed by three more with the Seattle Mariners. If the Twins really want to play spoiler, this is the time to do it because the Tigers and M’s are both two games back of the second wildcard slot in the American League. The Twins, believe it or not, are undefeated against the Mariners.



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.