July 18, 2019

The Twins’ first 3-game losing streak of the season is here, folks. And it was ugly.

It’s gut check time, Minnesota. And Shannon Stewart is not coming through that door.

The Twins’ Mitch Garver scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets on Wednesday, only to see that 3-2 lead turn into a complete nightmare.

Reliever Trevor May served up a three-run home run, terrible fielding compounded the team’s problems, and when it was all over the Mets had scored 12 runs to blowout the Twins, 14-4, and sweep the two-game series. It was also the Twins’ third consecutive loss, the team’s first in 2019. Meanwhile, Cleveland beat the Detroit Tigers again so the Twins and Tribe are now separated by four games. It just got real, Twins fans.

And here’s the unbelievable stat of the game: seven of the Mets’ 14 runs were UNEARNED, largely because Eddie Rosario dropped a fly ball in left field. Miguel Sano also committed an error, plus missed a ground ball late in the game, and outfielder, Jake Cave, missed a ball trying to dive for it. Ugh.

With the Twins falling farther and farther behind, manager Rocco Baldelli decided to preserve the bullpen and sent infielder Ehire Adrianza out to the mound, which is always a dicey proposition. And so it was as the Mets tacked on three more runs.

How bad was the defense on Wednesday? All you have to do is look at the pitching line for Twins reliever Matt Magill. Magill gave up six runs, but none of those runs were earned.

And this week doesn’t get any easier. Next up the red-hot Oakland A’s come to town, followed by the Bronx Bombers. What are you made of, Minnesota? We’re about to find out. Kyle Gibson gets the ball Thursday.

Extra innings…

-MLB.com reported Wednesday that the “Twins had entered the series with one of the top defenses in baseball, according to both traditional and advanced metrics.” I’m not sure I’m buying that because an ESPN ranking of team fielding shows the Twins ranked 20th out of 30 teams.

-After the game, reliever May took to twitter to acknowledge his role in Wednesday’s defeat.

Kudos to May for taking a stand, but even better was former Twins pitcher Phil Hughes who replied with support and good humor.

Of course, leave it to the New York Post sportswriter to pile on.

I’ll take the Bad News Bears over the Yankees every time, Mike.


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.