May 4, 2018

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose again to walk-off home run

The 2018 Minnesota Twins should pass on playing the ponies, avoid late-night poker games and postpone any planned trips to Las Vegas because Lady Luck and this team are not on the same page.

And that total lack of luck was on display again Thursday night in Game 1 of a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. The Twins took a 5-1 lead, then watched as the Pale Hose chipped away until the game was tied at 5-5 in the ninth. Addison Reed was called on to pitch and he served up a walk-off home run to lose it for the Twins, 6-5.

It was the Twins’ fifth — fifth! — walk-off loss of the season. The Twins have lost 12 of 14 games.

Starter Jake Odorizzi struck out eight over five-plus innings and gave up five runs, but only three runs were earned because of two costly errors behind him.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Friday.

Extra innings…

-The only good thing to come out of Thursday’s game was Logan Morrison’s performance. The struggling DH had three hits, including a home run, and scored two runs as well as drove in two. Morrison is now hitting .184.

-In case you’ve forgotten, the White Sox play at Guaranteed Rate Field.

-Daniel Palka, a former homer-hitting prospect in the Twins organization, hit a solo shot off Odorizzi in the fourth inning.

-The White Sox improved to 9-20, while the Twins fell to 10-17. What does that do to your fan base? It means only 13,000 showed to watch the game. Guaranteed Rate seats 40,000.


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.