September 18, 2017

The Twins are alive and kicking

Twins killer extraordinaire Josh Donaldson was up to his old tricks again after he hit two home runs and staked the Toronto Blue Jays to an early 4-0 lead on Sunday.

But this time the Twins responded with seven runs in the bottom of the second and six more in the bottom of the fifth to roll to a 13-7 win. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost Sunday, so the Twins have regained their two-game lead over the Halos for the second wild card spot in the American League. The Twins need that cushion because now they hit the road for 10 games. First up, the New York Yankees, followed by the Detroit Tigers, followed by the red-hot Cleveland Indians, who clinched the AL Central title on Sunday. How did they do it? Oh, a 22-game winning streak never hurts.

Meanwhile, Kyle Gibson got the win for the Twins and improved to 11-10, but it wasn’t pretty. Despite eight strikeouts, Gibson surrendered five runs, all earned, and walked five batters in six innings. Luckily for him, the Twins rallied to score 13 runs on 16 hits. Eddie Rosario hit two solo home runs, Byron Buxton hit a solo shot and Joe Mauer hit his first grand slam since 2012, according to MLB.com.

Ervin Santana, a 15-game winner, gets the ball Monday versus the Bronx Bombers.

Extra innings…

-Rosario has found a home hitting cleanup for the Twins. He has hit six home runs in September to give him 26 on the season.

-Buxton’s home run was his 16th. Mauer’s grand slam was only his seventh home run of the season.

-Here’s what the Twins have to contend with in the Bronx: They are 11-32 at Yankee Stadium since 2001, according to the Strib. At least they’re not winless, right?

 

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.