May 13, 2024

Twins’ Ober carries club to series win over Blue Jays

Sunday’s series win over the Toronto Blue Jays belonged to Twins starter Bailey Ober.

Ober was masterful, limiting the Blue Jays to just one hit over six-plus innings with 10 strikeouts. He walked off the mound, the offense kicked it into gear and everyone exited with a 5-1 win. As for Ober, he improved to 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA, showing again just how far he has come since getting shellacked by the Royals on opening day.

The Twins and Blue Jays were scoreless through six innings, then Minnesota went to work and scored three runs in the seventh on a Carlos Santana three-run blast and two more in the eighth on a Max Kepler double, which extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Santana has also been hot. Over the last two weeks, he has hit .283 with five home runs and 15 RBI, according to MLB.com.

Chris Paddack gets the ball Tuesday versus the New York Yankees.

Extra innings…

-Before we get too concerned about the Yankees coming to town, remember this: the Twins were 4-3 against the Yanks last season, the team’s first season series win over the Bombers in years.

-The Twins’ series win over the Blue Jays on Sunday was its sixth straight, the most since 2010, said Twins TV voice Cory Provus.

-How about ex-Twin Luis Arraez? On Friday night, he delivered the game-winning walk-off hit in the Padres 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. I’ve already watched the highlight like a dozen times.

Said one broadcaster: “Welcome to San Diego, Luis Arraez!”

Said another: “Who else? Luis Arraez!”

Man, I miss that dude.

-In my previous post, I wrote about Kirby Puckett and the major league debut he made for the Twins on May 8, 1984, in a 5-0 win over the California Angels. As part of that debut, I looked up how the Minneapolis Star and Tribune covered the game, including a quote from former manager Billy Gardner, who said he was impressed with Puckett, but added that he likes to judge a player after they have been around the league a second time.

What does that even mean? Does that mean it’s best to judge a player after two seasons and not one?

Well, here you go, Billy: In his second season, Puckett slashed .288/.330/.385 with 199 hits and 74 RBI. He also led the major leagues in at bats with 691, according to Baseball-Reference.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.