June 1, 2024

Pablo Lopez gets back on track, Twins win again

Pablo Lopez rebounded from two previous poor starts, the lineup backed him with five extra base hits and the Twins won again on Friday, getting a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

The streaky Twins are again streaking in the right direction. They are now 32-25, 8-2 in their last ten games and have closed within two games of the Royals for second place in the division.

Lopez went seven innings and allowed just a run with a walk and six strikeouts to even his record at 5-5 and lower his ERA to 4.84. Oregon State man Trevor Larnach and Carlos Santana both homered in the game. Joe Ryan gets the ball Saturday.

Extra innings…

-Before the start of the current road trip at Houston, the Twins took three of four games from the Royals. The exception was Wednesday’s game in which Bailey Ober again struggled against the team that rocked him for eight runs to start the season. In six-plus innings versus Kansas City, Ober has allowed 14 runs.

-The Royals lost Thursday to the Twins and they lost again Friday in a wild game opposite the San Diego Padres. The Royals took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning when the Friars pounced for nine runs and an 11-3 lead. The Royals, however, made things very interesting by scoring five runs in the ninth, but still fell short, 11-8.

-Ex-Twin Luis Arraez, now with the Padres, went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. He is hitting .342. If he wins another batting title — and it appears he is well on his way to doing so — he will become the first player in major league history to accomplish the feat with three different teams. Those teams: the Twins, Marlins and possibly the Padres.

-On May 30, 1956, the New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Washington Senators, beating them 4-3 and 12-5.

In the Game 1 win, Mickey Mantle came within inches of hitting a ball out of Yankee Stadium, and although the Senators lost the next game, Harmon Killebrew homered and Whitey Herzog, who was in the outfield, had two hits. Camilo Pascual also had a hit and scored a run.

On the mound, though, Pascual had a terrible afternoon. In the Game 2 loss, he allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits, including three home runs, over six innings with nine walks (!) and six strikeouts.

It was not a precise display that afternoon. In Game 2, both teams issued 21 base on balls: 11 for the Senators and 10 for the Yankees.

The New York Daily News

“If anyone ever hits a fair ball out of Yankee stadium, Mickey Mantle is most likely to do it. Yesterday in the opener, the man-of-muscle clouted one which missed by just 18 inches of clearing the right field roof. The blow came with two on and earned a 4-3 victory over the Senators.”

The (Washington, D.C.) Evening Star

“Yankee Stadium is otherwise known as ‘The House That Ruth Built’ and Mickey Mantle is behaving as if he’d like to wreck the place along with Ruth’s most glamorous record, those 60 homers in one season.”

Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com and 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.