June 27, 2024

Twins chase Snakes from desert with 7 doubles, 8-3 win

The Twins came close to beating the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of their three-game series. On Wednesday, they made sure of it.

Minnesota pounded out 14 hits, including seven doubles, and ran away from the Snakes for an easy 8-3 win. Carlos Correa, Carlos Santana and Jose Miranda had nine of the team’s 14 hits, followed by multiple players with two hits, including Oregon State man Trevor Larnach, who has been crushing the ball of late, but right at someone. On Wednesday, those hard shots off the bat fell for two doubles.

That was plenty of offense for starter Simeon Woods Richardson, who went five-plus innings with three runs allowed, two walks and four strikeouts. He’s now 3-1 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. Four relievers blanked the Snakes the rest of the way.

Pitching prospect David Festa, the “slim reaper,” according to a nickname discussion between Twins radio guys Kris Atteberry and Dan Gladden, gets the ball Thursday.

Festa, according to MLB Trade Rumors, has pitched to a 3.77 ERA across 59-plus innings this season at Triple-A St. Paul. He also has whiffed 35.1 percent of his opponents and walked batters to the tune of a 9.7 percent rate, according to Trade Rumors.

Extra innings…

-More history: On June 29, 1958, the Washington Senators won Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, 12-0. Pitcher Pedro Ramos, who spent seven seasons with the Sens/Twins, went the distance, scattering five hits with two walks and two whiffs in the win.

The (Washington, D.C) Evening Star

“The Senators are dropping blockbusters in clusters, but there’s little visible evidence of damage in enemy territory. They’ve blasted 11 home runs in their last three games, but they can display only one victory.

“Some of the most prolific power hitting in Washington baseball history materialized in the final three games at Chicago, but Pedro Ramos was the only pitcher who profited from the homer parade. He blanked the White Sox, 12-0, on five hits in the first game of yesterday’s double-header before Chicago piled up 21 hits to grab the second game, 12-11, in 11 innings.”

The Chicago Tribune

“The White Sox, who lost a game with 19 hits three weeks ago, needed 21 in Sunday’s second game to earn a split with the Washington Senators in the wildest and longest double header of the Comiskey park season.

“The 21st hit was an 11th inning double to center field by Jim Rivera, who salvaged a measure of satisfaction from a frustrating afternoon in which 54 hits, 30 walks, and a parade of pitchers added up to these results: Washington, 12; Chicago, 0. Chicago, 12; Washington, 11.”

Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com, MLB Trade Rumors, 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.