March 23, 2023

Now that’s more like it, Twins fans

The Twins snapped a five-game losing streak this week with 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, and then turned it into a two-game winning streak with a convincing, this-is-what-I-expect-from-the-Twins kinda win against the Boston Red Sox. It wasn’t just a win, but an 11-0 beat down of the Sox at Jet Blue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Twins scored 11 runs on 15 hits, getting two hits out of Joey Gallo, a home run from Jose Miranda, a home run from Kyle Farmer and three hits out of the struggling “Donnie Barrels” Solano.

But the Big Bopper on Wednesday was Oregon state man Trevor Larnach who went 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Larnach has to start the regular season with the Twins, right?

On the mound, starter Joe Ryan cruised, striking out five over five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk.

The Twins also looked good in their win over the Rays. Byron Buxton doubled in his first at bats of the spring and Carlos Correa appears to be ready for the regular season after he had a 2-for-3 day, including a home run, as well as two runs scored and two RBI.

Similar to Ryan, Sonny Gray struck out five over five innings on 75 pitches with no walks and two runs allowed, both earned.

Extra innings …

-In unfortunate injury news, Jorge Polanco and Alex Kirilloff will start the regular season on the injured list, according to MLB.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.