April 25, 2024

Bottom of the order powers Twins to series win over Sox

The Twins won again on Wednesday 6-3 to make it three straight over the visiting Chicago White Sox.

And the hitting came from the unlikeliest of places: the bottom of the order where players such as Christian Vazquez, Willi Castro and others have really struggled. But that all changed Wednesday as Vazquez stepped up with three hits and Castro had two hits, one of which was a three-run home run.

Manager Rocco Baldelli has also been shifting players up and down the lineup in search of productive bats, including Manuel Margot who found himself in the No. 3 spot and yet he came through with two hits of his own.

The Twins cracked six extra-base hits, which is a good thing because they were otherwise 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

Now, the team just needs to find a way to get Kyle Farmer going. Farmer, who also is hitting near the bottom of the order, continues to struggle and Wednesday’s game was no exception. Farmer struck out three times in four chances and grounded into a double play. He is hitting .067 on the season. Ugh.

On the mound, Joe Ryan turned in a quality start with eight strikeouts over six innings and reliever Griffin Jax closed out the game with his third save. The Twins are now 10-13 and go for the sweep Thursday. Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-Who predicted the Cleveland Guardians would have the best record in the American League in April? I’m guessing nobody, but that’s what they are, a 17-7 team with a 2.5 game lead on the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.

-Dave McCarty, who spent three seasons with the Twins after they selected him as the No. 3 overall pick out of Stanford in the 1991 draft, died this month following a cardiac event in Oakland, California, the Associated Press reported. He was 54.

McCarty spent a couple of seasons in the minor leagues and then got the call in May 1993 to join the Twins. There was good reason to call him up because at Triple-A Portland he slashed .385/.477/.629 with 55 hits, 31 RBI and eight home runs over 40 games, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

And once in Minnesota, he hit well for the Twins in May and June before tailing off. He ended the season hitting just .214 with two home runs.

Manager Tom Kelly had seen something he didn’t like.

“I saw him hit one breaking ball in spring training,” Kelly told the Star Tribune. “All of the rest were fastballs. Like a lot of guys, he has trouble hitting the breaking ball. He has a lot of room for improvement. He needs to be working and to develop his skills. Whether he will come up next week, next month or next year, it’s hard to say. When we have a need, and if David fills the need, then we will bring him up.”

McCarty would go to have better seasons after the Twins traded him in 1995. He hit .278 over 103 games for the Royals in 2000 and hit .258 in 89 games for the World Series-winning Red Sox in 2004.

Source: Newspapers.com

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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.