September 16, 2017

Next time, just walk the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson

All the joy created by the back-to-back do it again Twins — and consecutive walk-off home runs hit Wednesday and Thursday — was quickly extinguished Friday by the Toronto Blue Jays.

That’s because Josh Donaldson homered and drove in the go-ahead run to beat the Twins, 4-3. Not only in Friday’s game, but for his career Donaldson is pretty much all-world when it comes to playing against the Twins, according to the Associated Press.

AP reports:

In 38 career games against the Twins, Donaldson is batting .375 with 16 doubles, 15 homers and 41 RBI. Donaldson’s on-base-plus-slugging percentage, at 1.239 entering the night, is the highest by any opposing player in Twins history including the franchise’s previous incarnation as the Washington Senators.

How about that stat? The “highest by an opposing player in Twins history,” including the Washington Senators, a team, by the way, that was formed in 1901.

So, the Twins and Blue Jays have split the first two games of the series. Now, it’s time to get serious. The Twins need to win Saturday and Sunday, not only to enhance their record before they leave for New York, but also to keep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at bay. The Halos won Friday, so they moved to within two games of the second wild card spot in the American League.

Adalberto Mejia, fresh off the disabled list, gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Brian Dozier hit home run No. 31 Friday night.

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.