September 19, 2019

Twins lose; baseball is weird

The Twins must have expended all their energies on Tuesday night’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox because they went quietly in a 3-1 loss to the South Siders on Wednesday.

It’s hard to imagine that a team that has set record after record for home runs this season could muster so little offense, but that’s exactly what happened. Eight Pale Hose pitchers combined to three-hit the Twins. The Twins still won the series, but their lead over the Cleveland Indians fell to four games.

With no run support, Jake Odorizzi took the loss, despite nine strikeouts over five-plus innings. He allowed two runs. The third run allowed came on a solo shot off Twins reliever, Brusdar Graterol.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball on Thursday for the first game in a four-game set with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals always seem game to play the Twins, so I hope the offense comes around and scores a few runs.

Extra innings…

-The Twins need to win Thursday because Cleveland is not going to lose to Detroit. The terrible Tigers came close to winning on Wednesday, but still fell short in extra-innings and lost 2-1. It was the Tigers’ 16th consecutive loss to the Tribe. The Indians are 17-1 against the Tigers this season with one more game to go.


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.