June 12, 2023

Pa-gone! Twins denied sweep after 3-run bomb in 8th

The Twins’ 6-1 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays evaporated in humiliating fashion on Sunday after team pitching served up two key home runs, but none was bigger than the three-run home run allowed by reliever Emilio Pagan in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Twins failed to respond in the top of the ninth, and that was the game, a 7-6 win for the Blue Jays.

The Twins now head home to resume play Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. They have two games against the Brewers, then four versus the Detroit Tigers and four more against the Boston Red Sox. The good news is that the Twins have a winning record at home (18-14) and the Tigers are 1-9 in their last 10 games. The Brewers are a second-place team in the NL Central, while the Red Sox are dead last in the AL East.

However, Boston has a record of 33-33, which, if they played in the AL Central, would put them in a tie for the division lead with the Twins.

Pablo Lopez gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings …

-Ex-Twin Kyle Gibson, now with the Orioles, certainly appears to be a candidate for the All-Star team. He improved to 8-3 with a 3.90 ERA after he made a quality start Sunday in the O’s 11-3 win over the Royals.

-On June 10, 1981, two days before a players’ strike would interrupt baseball for about two months, the Twins lost at home 4-2 to the Tigers and a 26-year-old pitcher named Jack Morris.

Morris went the distance, allowing the two runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts. The win bumped his record to 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA.

“I feel I am the best,” said Morris to the Minneapolis Tribune. “Well, one of the best, anyway. I’m aware of being tougher in the late innings. I can remember a couple of games that made me think that way. In Seattle last year, I think I had a two-hit shutout going into the ninth. I ended up losing 3-2. If you lose a game like that, it’s a waste.”

-And then there was this …

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.com, 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.