June 3, 2024

Twins get series win, face Kryptonite Tuesday

It’s a good thing the Twins earned a series win over the Houston Astros on Sunday because there’s a better than average chance they are going to get swept in the Bronx when they start a three-game set Tuesday versus Gotham, also known as the New York Yankees.

The Twins were swept at home by the Bombers, so why would this upcoming series be any different? Well, the one exception is that the man of big moments, Royce Lewis, will rejoin the team in the Big Apple after missing the past two months with a severe quad injury. Lewis played in Game 1 of the 2024 season, homered and doubled, and then got hurt rounding the bases.

Meanwhile, on Sunday the pitching did just enough and Trevor Larnach and Jose Miranda homered to carry the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Astros. Miranda also doubled as did Alex Kirilloff.

Starter Simeon Woods Richardson allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts, but again was lifted after four-plus innings or 66 pitches in favor of relief. The win went to reliever Steven Okert, the save, his 10th, to closer Jhoan Duran.

Bailey Ober gets the ball Tuesday in the Bronx.

Extra innings…

-To make room for the return of Lewis means the Twins will have to drop someone from the roster. Lewis, who plays the infield, likely would replace Carlos Correa at shortstop or Jose Miranda at third base. Correa is Big Man on Campus, so that’s not going to happen, and Miranda has hit well, slashing .280/.311/.469 with six home runs.

The result is that it appears Eddie Julien, who had a fantastic rookie season but is suffering through a sophomore slump, is on his way down to Triple-A St. Paul, MLB.com reports.

-When the Twins became the Twins, they blanked the Yankees at the Stadium 6-0 in Game 1 of the 1961 season. They wouldn’t have much success after that, losing to Gotham in 14 of 18 meetings that season. But they did win four of those games, including a dandy on June 23, 1961.

Starter Camilo Pascual went the distance and scattered six hits in a 4-0 shutout win over the Yanks before 30,000 fans at The Met. Pascual walked one and whiffed eight to raise his record to 5-9 with a 3.70 ERA. He was backed by the Big Bopper himself, Harmon Killebrew, who doubled and homered and drove in four runs.

The New York Daily News:

“The Yankees express stopped tonight when it didn’t hit a curve — the tormenting twister thrown by Camilo Pascual. The Twins’ righthander made a genius of his new manager, Astoria’s Sam Mele, by firing a six-hit, eight-strikeout gem as the home team delighted a crowd of 30,940 with a 4-0 victory over the Yankees.”

Sources: Newspapers.com, 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.