June 21, 2018

First the Twins beat Chris Sale, then David Price

The Twins beat Chris Sale on Tuesday and David Price on Wednesday, and now will go for the sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

The Twins will face Red Sox starter Rick Porcello and there’s a good chance they beat him, too. In his career, Porcello is 10-10 against the Twins with a 3.90 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Twins beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday. Molitor again went with another rejiggered lineup, which had Robbie Grossman hitting leadoff. He promptly hit a home run and the Twins were off and running. The slumping Max Kepler also hit a home run, his eighth, and Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario both had extra-base hits.

On the mound for the Twins: Lance Lynn, who wasn’t bad. He held the Red Sox to one unearned run, but he also walked five batters. The bullpen held the line and Fernando Rodney earned his 16th save.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball Thursday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers and still 5.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians.

-The Twins are now 33-37 on the season.

COMMENTS

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.