May 23, 2019

Different day, different players produce for the Twins

The other night, the heart of the Twins’ batting order powered the club to a win. On Tuesday, the top of the order delivered the goods, collecting eight of the team’s 10 hits. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario each had two hits apiece.

The night belonged to Gonzalez, however, who doubled and homered and drove in three runs to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8-3. The Halos took a 3-0 lead, then the Twins rallied for eight runs from the sixth inning on.

It’s amazing how versatile this club has become. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has used several different lineups this season and rarely have any of those moves fallen flat. On Tuesday, his lineup did not include either Miguel Sano or Willians Astudillo. It also hasn’t included Nelson Cruz or Mitch Garver because both are hurt. No matter, the Twins still find a way to win.

Martin Perez, who is looking for win No. 7 on this young season, gets the ball on Thursday.

Extra innings…

-Twins/Angels baseball was supposed to be played on Wednesday, but the topsy-turvy world of current climate conditions now means that it rains all the time in Southern California, apparently. The field was declared unplayable on Wednesday, so the game was postponed to Thursday.

-Rookie Luis Arraez also had two hits on Tuesday, including his first big league home run. Since joining the Twins, the 22-year-old is hitting .583.

-Michael Pineda gave the Twins a quality start and improved to 4-3 on Tuesday. He gave up three quick runs, but later settled down to pitch six innings. Four relievers pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way.

-I came across a great tweet this week. Longtime baseball scribe, Peter Gammons, tweeted that when he was 12 he wrote a letter to Gene Mauch, a player with the Boston Red Sox in those days. Talk about a different time: Gammons said that Mauch replied to his letter with a three-page letter of his own!

-Lest we forget, Mauch, perhaps best known for managing the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1960s, later managed the Twins for five seasons in the late 1970s. In 1976, his first year on the job, the Twins finished in third place at 85-77. The Twins made the AL West race interesting, however, because they went 21-8 down the stretch and finished only five games out of first place.

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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.