July 3, 2024

Twins return home for 6-game homestand, get Game 1 win

Well, at least we know this much: the Twins can score a grand total of five runs and still win games. They did it twice against the Seattle Mariners, winning 5-1 and 5-3 over the weekend, and they did it once more Tuesday night in a 5-3 win versus the Detroit Tigers, the first of three games against Motown.

Simeon Woods Richardson fell one out short of a quality start and exited in a 3-3 tie, but the bullpen held the line. Once again Jorge Alcala emerged and dominated, working quickly and throwing hard. He secured four outs on 15 pitches. He was followed by Griffin Jax and Jhoan Duran who worked the ninth for his 13th save.

The Twins got extra-base hits from Royce Lewis, Byron Buxton, who also made a diving catch to rob a hit from the Tigers, Manuel Margot and Carlos Correa, who hit his 10th blast.

David Festa gets the ball Wednesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now 11 games over .500 at 48-37. They are still six games back of the Cleveland Guardians, but have a game and a half lead on the Royals. They also are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

-The bullpen has been very sharp of late. The exception would be reliever Steven Okert’s appearance on Saturday. He entered the game with a nice lead and then decided to walk the tightrope by throwing seven straight balls, at least by my count, to start the inning. He got out of the inning with a hit and walk, but only seven of his 17 pitches landed for strikes.

-Me and my son are back in the Twin Cities to see the Twins. We saw them lose on Friday in Seattle, but win on Saturday as Pablo Lopez struck out nine across six innings and Buxton smashed a three-run home run.

We arrived just after midnight Tuesday, following a descent to the airport through flashes of lightning that had my son fascinated while I tried not to look. We slept late, walked around the university area and then made our way to the ballpark and our lower right field foul line seats, which were great.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.