September 4, 2021

Bats fall silent again as Twins lose to Tampa

The Twins suddenly can’t score more than three runs. The Twins won 3-2 on Aug. 30, followed by losses of 3-1, 3-0 and 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

On the mound for the Twins, Randy Dobnak, who made his first appearance in two months because of a finger strain, according to Finger strain or not, the Dobber is not the answer for the Twins, and he showed why Friday, allowing five runs, all earned, on six hits over seven innings. He fell to 1-7 on the season with a 7.64 ERA. Why is he still with the team?

Andrew Albers gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-We wrapped up our last day in Payette, Idaho with another round of golf, another visit to Riverside Cemetery and a trip down Highway 52 to see a memorial created in honor of a plane and its crew that crashed in the area in 1958. In October of that year, a C-123 cargo plane, occupied by a support group for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, crashed and killed 19 servicemen.

Some more photos…

Metropolitan Stadium as depicted on Harmon Killebrew’s headstone at Riverside Cemetery, Payette, Idaho.
Another fun afternoon of golf with my son at Rolling Hills Golf Course, Weiser, Idaho.
About five miles east of Payette on Highway 52 you will find a memorial to a plane and its crew that crashed in the area in 1958.

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.