June 2, 2024

Valdez strikes again and the Twins lose (and they usually do to this guy)

Framber Valdez’s career record versus the Twins improved to 4-1 on Saturday after he no-hit the club for six innings, then finally exited in the seventh, allowing just a run on two hits in a 5-2 win for the Houston Astros.

The Twins had a grand total of four hits. Meanwhile, Twins starter Joe Ryan took one on the nose, allowing five runs on eight hits, including four dingers, two of them from the always dangerous Yordan Alvarez.

Minnesota will take another run at a series win on Sunday. Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball. A series win would be helpful because the Twins are in the Bronx Tuesday night to play Kryptonite, although they do get the Pittsburgh Pirates immediately after that series.

Extra innings…

-I spent a lot of time last season looking up old Twins scores and seeing how the home and away newspapers covered those games. This season I’ve been looking at former Washington Senators/Nationals games, a team that eventually moved to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961.

From about 1954 and on you begin to see players names who would go on to become stars in the Twin Cities, such as Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison and Camilo Pascual.

But in 1950, the Sens/Nats were still pretty bad —  and I’m not sure they were ever very good — and on June 2 they coughed up a double-header to the St. Louis Browns, the second-worst team in the American League.

Both teams were terrible that season: The Nats finished 20 games under .500 and the Browns outdid them by falling south of .500 by 30 games.

The Browns rotation featured Ned Garver, who lost 18 games but had an ERA of 3.39. They also had Stubby Overmire and Cuddles Marshall in the bullpen.

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat on the double-header sweep.

“There’s no place like home sweet home, but you’ll have a hard time convincing the Browns of that fact. Since leaving home where they had little success, the Browns have won three consecutive games, their longest winning streak of the season. They accomplished that tonight by sweeping the twi-night double-header from the Washington Senators, 10 to 5 and 9 to 3. Watching the rare sight of a twin Brownie victory were 11,339 Griffith Stadium patrons.”

The Browns would go on to lose more than 100 games the following season and yet pitcher Garver won 20 games with a 3.73 ERA. Fittingly, he was named an All-Star and finished second in the AL MVP vote.

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