September 21, 2020

Kepler singles, doubles and homers to help Twins edge Cubs

Boy, did Max Kepler need a game like this.

The slumping right fielder broke out in a big way Sunday night with a single, double and home run, all of which helped the Twins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0. The Twins took the series and finished a 10-game stretch against the Indians, White Sox and Cubs with a 6-4 record, just as I had predicted.

I came up with that prediction because I thought they would struggle against the Tribe’s Shane Bieber, the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito and the Cubs’ Yu Darvish. Instead, they beat all three and lost to lesser names on the mound.

Jose Berrios, who improved to 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA, and three relievers shut out the Cubs on four hits. The Cubs did not look very good. They scored all of two runs over three games.

The Twins now head home to close out the 60-game season. They are off Monday and back in action Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

Extra innings…

-Kepler’s home run was the 100th of his career.

-The five final games of the season are against the Tigers and Cincinnati Reds.

-The Twins are two games out of first place in the AL Central, which means there is still a chance to catch the White Sox. The Pale Hose finish the season with four games at Cleveland and three at home against the Cubs. The Tribe just might play spoiler.

-The Twins are 21-5 at Target Field.


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.