July 7, 2024

Twins still hitting, pitching improves to even series vs. ‘Stros

The Twins keep hitting and scoring runs, but this time the pitching showed up allowing Minnesota to run away from the Houston Astros 9-3 on Saturday.

Every Twins player in the lineup contributed to the 14-hit attack. Willi Castro had three hits and Max Kepler and Byron Buxton had two hits apiece.

But once again Jose Miranda stole the show by getting his 12th straight hit to tie a major league record last set by the Detroit Tigers’ Walt Dropo in 1952.

“That was a long time ago,” Miranda told MLB.com when informed of the exclusive club he joined. “I’m out of words. It’s something really special for the game and myself too. It’s great. It’s great to be a part of history.”

The other amazing trajectory is watching rookie Brooks Lee, who hit his first major league home run on Saturday. Imagine the future lineup for this Twins team: Lee, Royce Lewis, Matt Wallner, Alex Kirilloff and Eddie Julien. If all stay free of injuries, the Twins have a potential wrecking crew on their hands.

On the mound, Joe Ryan limited the Astros to three runs on five hits across five-plus innings with a walk and eight strikeouts. He is now 6-5 on the season with a 3.29 ERA. He was followed by three relievers, including Caleb Thielbar who closed out the ninth on nine pitches.

Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball Sunday in the rubber match.

Extra innings…

-Saturday’s win was the 50th of the season. The Twins are 50-39, still six games back of the Guardians but 2.5 games up on the Royals.

-The Tigers’ Dropo was Rookie of the Year in 1950. He had a monster campaign, slashing .322/.378/.583 with 34 home runs and 144 RBI to lead all of baseball in that category, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

-More history: Al Worthington, who would ultimately become an effective reliever for the Twins in the 1960s, made his major league debut on July 6, 1953, for the New York Giants by way of the Minneapolis Millers. Worthington blanked the Phillies on two hits to beat them 6-0.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Today was Manager Steve O’Neill’s 62d birthday — but it wasn’t a happy one. The New York Giants thumped the Phillies, 6-0, first of a three-game series before 6,650.

“Held to two hits by rookie righthander Allan Worthington, recently brought up from Minneapolis, the Phillies never had a chance to win.”

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