July 2, 2018

Amid Sunday’s disaster, some hope

The Twins were swept by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, punctuated by an 11-10 loss that wouldn’t have been close at all if not for a late-in-the-game rally by the Twins. The Cubs scored 35 runs on 46 hits in the three games, which says all you need to know about the quality of Twins pitching over the weekend.

Lance Lynn, in particular, was terrible. He lasted all of five outs on Sunday and gave up seven earned runs, including a three-run home run to Cubs starter Jon Lester. The Twins are now 10 games under .500 and nine games back of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. They face the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Kyle Gibson gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-Despite Sunday’s loss, there is reason for hope in the form of Willians Astudillo, Jake Cave and Mitch Garver, all of whom are relatively new to the Twins, or the majors, and all hit and played well in the field on Sunday.

Astudillo, who developed a reputation in the minors as someone who rarely strikes out or walks, had two hits, including a triple. He also played well at third base, a day after he spelled Eddie Rosario in left field. Cave had three hits, including his third home run and a double, while Garver also had three hits, including a home run. It’s exciting to see young talent improve.

-Infielder Jorge Polanco is set to rejoin the Twins in Milwaukee after serving an 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Last season, Polanco hit .256/.313/.410 with 13 homers, 30 doubles and 13 stolen bases in 133 games last year, according to MLB.com.


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.