April 25, 2021

Twins go in search of offense and can’t find it in loss to Pirates

The Twins have split the first two games of their three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins scored two runs on five hits to shut out the Bucs on Friday because J.A. Happ allowed only one hit over seven-plus innings. Otherwise, a five-hit game is not ideal.

On Saturday, the Twins couldn’t even do that, connecting for only three hits in a 6-2 loss to the Bucs. Jake Cave hit two doubles, Willians Astudillo a single, but it wasn’t nearly enough after Michael Pineda had a rare down day, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over four-plus innings.

More impressive was long reliever Devin Smeltzer, who allowed only one unearned run over four-plus innings with a walk and three strikeouts.

Matt Shoemaker, who needs to redeem himself after an ugly outing against the Oakland A’s in his previous start, gets the ball Sunday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now 7-12 this season, a game out of last place and already five games behind the division-leading Kansas City Royals. Nothing is really clicking for this Twins team.

-Center fielder Byron Buxton made another standout effort on defense. These would be a lot more fun to celebrate if the team would actually win. Brian Dozier hit 42 home runs in 2016, but the team lost 103 games.

-Old friend watch: Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson made another quality start in a no-decision loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. He allowed a run over six innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

-And then there was this…

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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.