April 4, 2024

Here comes the rooster: Twins rally to beat Brewers with 5-run inning

Through the first four games of the new season, the Twins were averaging 2.75 runs per game, the kind of run-scoring that isn’t going to win you many games.

The Hahn/Cock sculpture, Walker Art Center, downtown Minneapolis.

But that all changed Wednesday as the Twins scored seven runs on 11 hits, including a 5-run inning that quickly erased a one-run deficit and propelled the club to a come from behind victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-3.

Catcher Ryan Jeffers, who had gone hitless to start the season, broke out of his slump in the best possible way by hitting a three-run home run, one of two hits on the day for the catcher. Byron Buxton also had two hits, Carlos Correa scored two runs, drove in a run and walked twice and Alex Kirilloff had a 4-for-4 day at the plate with a double, triple and two runs scored.

The win went to reliever Daniel Duarte and closer Steven Okert, who came to the Twins from Miami in the deal that sent Nick Gordon to the Marlins, struck out the side in the ninth. I imagine Okert is happy to be with the Twins because Miami is already 0-7 to start the season.

The Twins’ home opener is Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians who are off to a quick 5-2 start. Pablo Lopez gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-Pitcher Chris Paddack, who got the nod for Wednesday’s game, made his first start in nearly two years since coming to the Twins in a trade that sent Taylor Rogers and Brent Rooker to the Padres.

“It was a lot to take in,” Paddack told MLB.com. “I’m very blessed to be given another opportunity to prove myself. I just went out there and enjoyed the moment and enjoyed the game. We came up with a win as a team. The guys started swinging away in the seventh inning. Great team win and a happy flight.”

Paddack, who has twice had Tommy John surgery, didn’t get the heaviest workout, allowing two runs on six hits over four innings on 82 pitches. The two walks probably didn’t help.

-Pitcher Louie Varland made a very similar start in the Twins’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Varland also went four innings and surrendered three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts on 89 pitches. Not his best effort, but he also got no support from the lineup which eked out a grand total of two runs on two sacrifice flies.

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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.