August 4, 2021

3-run dingers power Twins to come from behind win

Mitch Garver hit a three-run homer, Jorge Polanco did the same in the ninth and that was pretty much all the Twins needed to rally from a 5-4 deficit to a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Reliever Alex Colome walked a tightrope in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a hit and a walk, but he finally settled down to record only his third save of the season.

Starter Kenta Maeda struck out nine over five innings, but he again was victimized by the long ball, allowing three home runs. He has now allowed 16 home runs over 91 innings and is well on his way to serving up more than 20-plus home runs this season. His career high is 22, which he has done twice, but that was over 134 innings in 2017 and 153 innings in 2019.

Charlie Barnes gets the ball on Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The modern game of baseball was on full display Tuesday. The Twins got their home runs, their walks and were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

-Maeda allowed five runs in five innings, but the bullpen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way.

-The Twins turned two double plays.

-A little lesson about being lucky: The Twins have scored 490 runs this season and allowed 565, which explains why they were 44-62 through Monday. Or does it? The Seattle Mariners have scored 456 runs and given up 506 and yet they were 57-50 through Monday. Why? The Mariners are an incredible 23-10 in one-run games and 10-2 in extra innings. The Twins are 15-17 in one-run games and 7-10 in extra innings. Remove the luck and the Mariners are 48-59, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

COMMENTS

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.