April 4, 2019

Another game, another Twins win over the Royals

The 2019 season already feels so different.

The Twins suffered 15 walk-off losses last season, but after two wins over the Kansas City Royals, the team has shown plenty of resiliency. They took the lead in both games, then fell behind, then rallied for two wins. Meanwhile, the bullpen did not disappoint, nailing down both come-from-behind victories.

Kyle Gibson was not sharp on Wednesday, but relievers Adalberto Mejia, Trevor May and Blake Parker spelled Gibson with scoreless relief and finally preserved the win.

Not that internet sensation, fan favorite, as well as interplanetary star, Willians Astudillo, needs any more attention, but that will continue if he continues to hit like he did on Wednesday. La Tortuga and fellow catcher, Mitch Garver, had six of the Twins’ 11 hits, including extra-base hits. Garver was behind the plate on Wednesday, while Astudillo played both the infield and outfield.

Eddie Rosario’s bat also is coming around. After getting his first hit of the season on Tuesday, Rosie followed that with two more hits on Wednesday, including a hit in the ninth inning to drive in Byron Buxton to retake the lead, 7-6. And that’s how it ended.

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball on Friday in Philadelphia.

Extra innings…

-After two games in Kansas City, the Twins now had to Philly for a three-game set against Bryce Harper and everyone else not named Bryce, followed by two against the Mets. The Twins finally return home on April 12.

-It’s early, but the Twins are 4-1 and sit atop the American League Central division.

-A pitching line you don’t see very often: The Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks served up seven runs in four-plus innings on Monday, but only two of those runs were earned because of five errors.

-Potentially good news for the Twins: The New York Yankees struck out 18 times on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.


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.