October 1, 2016

There it is: 103 losses and counting for the 2016 Minnesota Twins

The worst Twins team in franchise history lost 102 games in 1982. But a record that stood for 34 years fell Friday night after the Twins lost for the 103rd time this season to the Chicago White Sox, 7-3.

And like too many games this season, the Twins barely showed. There was little hitting, too much lousy pitching and plenty of free swinging as they struck out 12 times as a team.

Meanwhile, all those strikeouts helped White Sox starter Carlos Rodon, who has otherwise had an average season, look like Sandy Koufax after he struck out seven straight batters to start a game, tying an American League record held by Joe Cowley.

Twins starter Tyler Duffey got blasted, giving up two doubles, a triple and home run en route to five runs, all earned. Reliever Pat Dean wasn’t much better, but Pat Light finally made a scoreless appearance. He needs it, though, because his ERA stands at 11.34.

Two more games to go, Twins fans. Hector Santiago gets the ball on Saturday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins fell to 57-103.

-Old friend Justin Morneau, who came up with the Twins and played 11 seasons for the club, had a hit for the White Sox on Friday. Morneau won the AL MVP as a Twin in 2006.

-The Twins are 5-12 vs. the White Sox this season with two games to play.


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.