May 5, 2022

Browns blast Twins as Bundy turns in another dud

Yes, the St. Louis Browns* are going to win some of the time. And they did just that on Wednesday, chasing Twins starter Dylan Bundy with six runs in the third and three more in the fourth en route to a 9-4 win. The Twins will try again Thursday to get the series win.

Bundy lasted all of three-plus innings. He allowed nine runs, all earned, on 11 hits in the loss. He’s now 3-2 with an ERA of 5.76, which is to say he is “reverting to the norm” as baseball insiders like to say. In other words, he’s beginning to look more and more like the pitcher who posted a 6.06 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels last season.

The Twins were at least game. After the Browns scored six in the third, the Twins responded with four runs in the fourth, including a Carlos Correa home run, then surrendered three more in the bottom half of the inning.

Chris Archer gets the ball Thursday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins hit into five double plays.

-Although Bundy struggled, the Twins bullpen once again provided four-plus innings of scoreless relief. Jovani Moran struck out four in two innings.

-Oregon State man Trevor Larnach had two more hits in Wednesday’s game and is now hitting .300.

-Jose Miranda, who was interviewed after Tuesday’s win by Dick Bremer and Justin Morneau, said he feels comfortable at either first base or third base. That might be the case, but he still needs to work on his toss to the pitcher covering first base. Miranda committed an error Wednesday after he threw behind Bundy as he came off the mound.

-On May 6, 1983, Rod Carew went 3-for-4 at the plate in a 4-2 California Angels win over the Detroit Tigers. He also scored two runs, drove in a run and earned a free pass to first base, all of which pushed his batting average to .500. He finished the season at .339. Not bad for someone who was 37 at the time.

*The St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.



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.