June 20, 2019

Twins go ‘wild’ against Red Sox, lose

Twins pitching issued 10 walks on Wednesday, including five walks in four-plus innings from starter, Kyle Gibson, and that theme, established early in the game, resulted in a 9-4 loss and a series loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Gibson was terrible. He allowed six runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Ryne Harper also issued a walk, followed by newcomer, Sean Poppen, who issued four base on balls in four innings.

The Twins now hit the road to play the Kansas City Royals.

Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Thursday.

Extra innings…

-Max Kepler has tied Eddie Rosario for the team lead in home runs after he hit his 19th on Wednesday.

-Marwin Gonzalez has joined Byron Buxton and Ehire Adrianza on the injury list, so the Twins recalled fan favorite, Willians Astudillo, and La Tortuga responded with a 3-for-4 night, including a home run. Twins broadcaster, Dick Bremer, said Astudillo hit the ball as if he never wants to go back to Rochester, New York ever again. Can you blame him?

-The Twins turned three double plays on Wednesday. Who was involved in all three? Astudillo. Never demote that guy again.

-Miguel Sano struck out two more times Wednesday and is now hitting .217. Speaking of demotions…


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.