July 29, 2019

Twins win big while Indians implode in KC

The Twins got back to doing Twins like things on Sunday after they hit four more home runs to blowout the Chicago White Sox 11-1.

The Twins won the series by winning three of four games, but it really should have been a four-game sweep. The White Sox were outmatched in every game except on Saturday.

Still, the Twins bounced back and scored 11 runs on 13 hits. Max Kepler hit his team-leading 28th home run. Jorge Polanco hit his 16th, Jonathan Schoop hit his 16th as well and Miguel Sano hit No. 18.

Sano was the big bopper. He went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.

And Kyle Gibson pitched well, too, striking out nine over six innings with one earned run. He improved to 10-4 with a 4.10 ERA.

The Twins are off Monday, then face the Miami Marlins for three games. A sweep is certainly in order for this series. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings… 

-The Twins won on Sunday and the Cleveland Indians lost to the Kansas City Royals so the Twins’ lead in the AL Central is back to two games. 

The Indians were ahead 5-3 when starter Trevor Bauer had a meltdown (literally) and gave up five runs in the bottom of the fifth. In his frustration, he also threw the ball at the backstop, or in that general direction, and then he chucked a ball over the center field fence before being removed by manager Terry Francona. 

If you watch the video, you don’t have to be much of a lip reader to see that Tito is unhappy and asks, “What the fuck is wrong with you?” before Bauer heads to the dugout.

-White Sox starter Dylan Covey had a nightmare pitching line on Sunday because he couldn’t get an out in the first inning, so it reads five runs, all earned, in zero innings pitched. Ouch.


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.