July 28, 2021

Bullpen collapses late, Twins lose in extra innings

Tuesday’s tilt against the Tigers was a repeat of Monday’s game. Except this time the Twins lost.

Mitch Garver hit a first-inning grand slam, Willians Astudillo added a solo shot of his own, and the Twins took a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning. And then it all fell apart.

Twins reliever Hansel Robles allowed a single, a double and a walk, followed by Tigers catcher, Eric Haase, who hit a grand slam to tie the game at 5-5. In the 11th, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run and Motown held on for the 6-5 win. The Twins won 6-5 on Monday.

Kenta Maeda made a quality start, allowing only one run over six-plus innings, but didn’t figure in the decision. That fell to reliever Jorge Alcala, who allowed the Cabrera single and fell to 2-5 with a 5.54 ERA.

J.A. Happ gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now 7-10 when playing free baseball.

-If Twins reliever Taylor Rogers was viewed as trade bait, he probably isn’t now after he injured a finger and wound up on the 10-day injured list. If that keeps him a Twin, that’s fine with me. Catcher Garver, who has hit well since returning from an extended stay on the injured list after he was hit directly on the groin with a foul tip, was hit by a pitch in Tuesday’s game. He exited the game and is now day-to-day with right wrist pain. That guy can’t catch a break and neither can the Twins because they have been beset by injuries all season.

-The Twins may have found another slugger in rookie Brent Rooker. He had three more hits on Tuesday, including a double.

-The Twins turned three double plays.

-It’s hard to believe, but even the Twins and Tigers are two teams going in separate directions. The Tigers are 48-55 on the season, while the Twins fell back to 43-59.

-On July 25, 1967, the Twins’ Harmon Killebrew hits a first-inning home run at Yankee Stadium to take a 1-0 lead over the Bronx Bombers, then Jim Kaat holds the Yanks scoreless until two outs in the ninth when Mickey Mantle homers to tie the game at 1-1, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The game is then rained out and replayed Aug. 18, with the Yankees winning 1-0.


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.