May 2, 2022

Twins make it look easy again, rip Rays 9-3

The Twins took two of three games from the Tampa Bay Rays, including Sunday’s 9-3 win, the second straight game that the Twins have scored nine runs. They scored nine runs on 14 hits on Saturday and did it again on Sunday with 13 hits.

Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Trevor Larnach, Jorge Polanco and Gilberto Celestino had two hits apiece and 10 of the Twins’ 13-hit total. Buxton hit a home run and Oregon State man Larnach cracked his team-leading seventh double.

Twins starter Josh Winder had plenty to work with because the lineup staked him to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. From there, he cruised, pitching six innings of shutout ball, allowing only two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

Chris Paddack gets the ball Monday in Baltimore.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are 13-9.

-Up next, the Twins head to Baltimore for a four-game set against the Browns.* Yes, they get to face the lowly Browns, but former Twins closer Glen Perkins reminded viewers during the post-game TV broadcast that the Twins do not want to make the mistake of looking past the team to their next opponent, the Oakland A’s. Do that and the Browns just might win.

-On May 2, 1992, New York Yankees’ pitcher Scott Sanderson became the 12th pitcher in major league history to give up four home runs in an inning. He did it against the Twins, serving up dingers to Shane Mack, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek and Randy Bush at Yankee Stadium for a rare 7-6 Twins win.

“It was a fun thing to be part of, whatever it was,” said Puckett to the Star Tribune.

Source: Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.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.