July 27, 2021

Twins improve to 8-5 versus Tigers after extra-innings win

Old friend Robbie Grossman forced extra innings on Monday after he hit a two-run home run off long-suffering Twins reliever, Alex Colome, to tie the game at 5-5.

But in the bottom of the 10th, Andrelton Simmons earned a free pass to first base, pitcher Kenta Maeda, of all people, replaced him as a pinch runner, then Max Kepler hit an RBI single to score Maeda from first base for the 6-5 walk-off win.

Colome was tagged with the blown save and the win went to reliever Caleb Thielbar. Michael Pineda got the start and it was a quality one as he allowed only two runs over six innings with no walks and six strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.86.

Big Mike was backed by two long home runs. Brent Rooker hit another upper deck dinger and Josh Donaldson hit his 16th to straightaway center field. The Twins scored the six runs on 11 hits, including a pair of Mitch Garver doubles.

Kenta Maeda gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-Not only are the Twins now 8-5 this season against Motown, they also improved to a much more respectable 7-9 in extra innings.

-Reliever Taylor Rogers exited the game with a finger sprain, perhaps scuttling any trade talks involving him.

-Pineda also has been connected to a possible trade prior to July 30. He had some nice things to say about the Twins organization, according to Twins’ MLB.com beat writer Do-Hyoung Park.

-I think it’s worth pointing out that a lot of ballplayers over the years have said this about the Twins. It speaks well of the organization.


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.