April 20, 2019

Big innings haunt Twins in series loss to Blue Jays

The Twins dropped three of four games to the Toronto Blue Jays, making it the club’s second series loss of the young season.

And each loss to the Jays shows the team couldn’t escape the big inning.

In Game 1, it was a four-run eighth; in Game 2, it was a four-run sixth; in Game 4, it was a five-run fourth. It wasn’t all bad, of course, because the Twins did win Game 3 and Jake Odorizzi earned his first win of the season. Odorizzi struck out six over five-plus innings and the bullpen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way for a 4-1 win.

The Twins were supposed to play the Baltimore Orioles Friday night but that game was postponed due to rain. They will now play a doubleheader on Saturday. Jose Berrios and Martin Perez will pitch for the Twins. Anything less than a sweep of this series will be hard to stomach. The Orioles were wretched last season (115 losses) and are not expected to be much better this season. The team is 8-12 so far, including 1-6 at home. The moment is now Minnesota.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are back in a familiar spot: looking up at the division-leading Cleveland Indians.

-Left fielder Eddie Rosario continues to carry the Twins. He now leads the team with six home runs, 11 runs and 16 RBI.

-Happy 59th birthday to Twins pitching great Sweet Music, otherwise known as Frank Viola. Viola spent eight of his 15-year big league career with the Twins. In 1988, he was 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA and took home the AL Cy Young award. He also was the 1987 World Series MVP and a three-time all-star. His career numbers: 176-150 with a 3.73 ERA. He won 20 or more games twice in his career and also had seasons of 18, 17 and 16 wins.

Before he was drafted by the Twins, Viola pitched for St. John’s University. He was immortalized by legendary baseball scribe, Roger Angell, in a story called “The Web of the Game,” which captured a pitchers’ duel between Viola and Ron Darling.



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.