May 4, 2022

Twins keep on winning, best Browns* 7-2

The Twins overcame some cheap hits and a couple of errors to finally run way from the St. Louis Browns* by a score of 7-2 on Tuesday. The Twins have now won 11 of their last 12 games and improved to 15-9 in the American League Central after they started the season 4-8. They go for the series win on Wednesday.

How did the Twins do it? Well, eight extra-base hits don’t hurt, the Twins connecting for seven doubles and a three-run home run to break open what had been a tie game through five innings.

Starter Joe Ryan didn’t figure in the decision, but the bullpen did, pitching four-plus scoreless innings. The win went to reliever Caleb Thielbar, who struck out his first batter on three pitches.

Dylan Bundy gets the ball on Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-Slugger Miguel Sano is likely out for the season after he injured his left knee and tore his meniscus. The injury will require surgery, according to MLB Trade Rumors. In his place, the Twins have called up Jose Miranda, the team’s minor league player of the year in 2021 and the No. 3 prospect in the organization. Miranda’s first major league hit was an RBI double in Tuesday’s game.

-I’ve written a lot about former Twins closer Ron Davis and the number of times he entered a game only to blow the save or get tagged with the loss. Well, on May 4, 1981, a much different Davis took the mound for the New York Yankees against the California Angels. Starter Gene Nelson gave the Yanks six innings and then he was replaced by Davis who proceeded to strike out the next eight batters, tying an American League record set by Nolan Ryan.

Davis’ eight strikeout victims: Ed Ott, Bobby Grich, Butch Hobson, Rod Carew (caught looking), Rick Burleson, Dan Ford, Fred Lynn and John Harris.

Source: Baseball-Reference.com.

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

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.