June 26, 2024

Twins come up a little short in 5-4 loss to Diamondbacks

The Twins rallied to tie the game 4-4 on Tuesday, then watched as the bullpen coughed up an additional run late to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in Game 1 of a three-game set in the desert.

Starter Joe Ryan got into trouble early and the Twins found themselves down 4-0. But Byron Buxton homered — one of three hits for Buck in the game — and Ryan Jeffers followed him with a three-run blast. But reliever Jorge Alcala, who has been pretty stingy of late, walked a batter and allowed two hits and the Snakes’ go-ahead run came around to score.

Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-Well, just when it appeared the Twins were closing in on the Guardians, the Guards have been busy reeling off seven straight wins, which means Minnesota now finds itself nine games back of Cleveland, but still a game up on the Royals.

-Starting pitcher Chris Paddack has landed on the 15-day injured list with right arm fatigue, according to MLB.com, which is pretty discouraging considering that Paddack has twice undergone the knife for Tommy John surgery.

-On June 26, 1964, Twins pitcher Gerry Arrigo one-hit the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of a double-header at the Met.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune

“Gerry Arrigo of the Twins pitched eight no-hit innings Friday night and finished with a one-hit, 2-0 victory over Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium before 24,287 persons.”

That lede is perfectly acceptable, perfectly competent and perfectly boring.

The Chicago Tribune on the same game.

“The White Sox rebounded from one-hit ignominy to become slugging terrors in the second game tonight in gaining a draw with the ferocious Minnesota Twins.

“Gerry Arrigo, whose first professional love was the Chicago White Sox when he was a teenage farm hand, held his home town team hitless until the ninth inning in scoring a 2 to 0 triumph in the front end of a twilight-night double header.

“This harsh treatment so mortified his victims that they battered Camilo Pascual for five runs before he gave up in four innings of the second game. Our boys won it easily, 9 to 4, but Juan Pizarro had to be bailed out in the ninth by Hoyt Wilhelm, who also had finished up the opener.”

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


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.