March 10, 2024

Twins beat Yankees, which always feels good to say

The Twins’ Byron Buxton had an all-world day on Saturday. He hit two triples, a home run, scored three runs and drove in four more to pace Minnesota to a 10-7 win over the New York Yankees.

In addition to Buck’s three hits, the team came up with 16 more, including three hits apiece from catcher Christian Vazquez and utility man Willi Castro, plus two more hits from Big Man on Campus Carlos Correa and an extra-base hit from Royce Lewis.

On the mound, Bailey Ober wasn’t as sharp as his last outing, but did enough to get the win, while Simeon Woods Richardson made another scoreless appearance to keep his spring ERA at 0.00. Princeton man Matt Bowman struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

On Friday, the Twins dropped a game to the Pirates, losing 6-3. Oregon State man Trevor Larnach homered in the contest, while pitcher Louie Varland, like Richardson, has yet to surrender an earned run this spring. The Twins took a 3-3 tie into the eighth when reliever Cole Sands served up three runs on four hits to lose and fall to 1-1 during exhibition play.

Which brings me to Wednesday and the Twins’ 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Twins radio did not cover the game, so I listened, or should I say suffered through the WEEI Red Sox broadcast of the matchup. Baseball is serious business in Boston, or completely ridiculous. I guess simply playing for the Red Sox, no matter the duration, is some form of enshrinement in and of itself.

I say this after listening to the play-by-play guy and the color analyst heap all kinds of praise onto the former Red Sox pitcher in the booth. Now, if it had been Pedro Martinez or Roger Clemens, the hyperbole would have been perfectly understandable, but Rich Hill?

That’s right: Hill was the guest and was fawned over for nine innings, finally prompting me to get out of bed, turn on my computer and look up Hill’s numbers for the Red Sox.

Based on the conversation, I was half expecting to find multiple 20-win seasons. Instead, Hill was 12-8 with a 3.31 ERA over five seasons for Boston, tossing 185 innings. But most of those innings came in 2022 when he was 8-7 with a 4.27 ERA.

I don’t get it.

Extra innings …

-On Tuesday, the Twins fell 5-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Alex Kirilloff certainly got things started in a hurry, however. He hit the first pitch of the game for a home run.

Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.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.