July 19, 2017

We didn’t really expect Bartolo Colon to win, did we?

The not-so-ageless Bartolo Colon was effective early in Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees, but ultimately fell to 2-9 after he surrendered four runs in four innings. The Twins eventually lost 6-3 to even the series at 1-1 after the Twins beat the Yanks 4-2 on Monday.

So where does Colon go from here? To his credit, his command appeared fine. He had no walks and struck out three, yet allowed eight hits over four innings, including three extra-base hits. Phil Hughes is headed back to the disabled list, so, for the moment, Colon still has a job.

Jose Berrios gets the ball on Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-Miguel Sano hit home run No. 22 on Tuesday. Beyond that, the clutch hitting was nowhere to be found after the Twins went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

-Bad news for pitcher Hughes who is headed to the 60-day disabled list, which likely means he ends his season on the DL. The Twins made the move after he had a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms, according to MLB.com. He had surgery last season to a remove a rib that had caused nerve pressure on his right shoulder.

-The Twins won on  Monday after Adalberto Mejia gave the Twins five good innings and limited the Yanks to just one run. Mejia also had no walks and four strikeouts. Relief pitcher Taylor Rogers got the win to improve to 5-1, while closer Brandon Kintzler recorded his 26th save.

-The Twins are still in second place in the American League Central, two games behind the Cleveland Indians.



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.