Category: J.A. Happ

June 12, 2021

Momentum, if you want to call it that, quickly extinguished after Twins lose to Astros

There was a lot of talk about “momentum” after the Twins’ thrilling, come from behind win over Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees Thursday night. Losing 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Twins hit back-to-back two-run home runs to first tie the game and then won it in walk-off fashion, 7-5.... Continue Reading »

June 4, 2021

Yeah, whatever

Is it any wonder the Twins are losing when so many of their players are hurt? Here’s the injured list: Caleb Thielbar, Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, Byron Buxton, Rob Refsnyder, Kenta Maeda, Luis Arraez and Devin Smeltzer. And when you have that many injured players you call up rookie prospects to fill those holes, and... Continue Reading »

May 30, 2021

Ho-hum, Twins win

I wish I was more enthusiastic about the Twins win on Saturday. The 6-5 win helped even their series with the Kansas City Royals, it’s just that I don’t care about the Twins winning two of three games anymore. The Twins swept the Baltimore Orioles and needed to sweep the Royals to get this season... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2021

Twins snap extra-innings losing streak with 8-5 win over Tribe

Finally. After falling to 0-8 in extra-innings, the Twins once again found themselves in the 10th inning, tied at 5-5 against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. But this time they were unbowed. Luis Arraez took his place at second base, Josh Donaldson earned a free pass to first base, then Kyle Garlick worked a full... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2021

Yes, it apparently can get worse, Twins fans

Just when you thought the disappointing play of the 2021 Minnesota Twins couldn’t get any worse, it did Monday after the Twins hit rock bottom, losing 16-4 at home to the Chicago White Sox. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, 10 years removed from the game, returned this season to manage the South Siders.... Continue Reading »

May 12, 2021

The 2021 season ended Tuesday in Chicago for the Minnesota Twins

What in the world has happened? I hate to declare the season over with 129 games still to play, but it effectively is in my book after the Twins took a 3-0 lead over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday, then watched as the South Siders reeled off nine unanswered runs... Continue Reading »

May 5, 2021

Twins fall to 0-6 when playing free baseball

The Twins remained winless in extra-inning games on Tuesday after the bullpen collapsed late to give the Texas Rangers the 6-3 win. The club beat the Rangers on Monday, 6-5, but both games were very similar. Here’s why: starting pitching did not go deep into the game, which meant manager Rocco Baldelli had to go... Continue Reading »

April 29, 2021

Give more speeches, Rocco

After Tuesday’s terrible Twins loss, manager Rocco Baldelli addressed the club after the game. And whatever he said, worked, because the Twins stepped on the gas early in Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and never looked back. The #MNTwins got a much-needed laugher today. They avoid a series sweep with a 10-2 blowout over... Continue Reading »

April 25, 2021

Twins go in search of offense and can’t find it in loss to Pirates

The Twins have split the first two games of their three-game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Twins scored two runs on five hits to shut out the Bucs on Friday because J.A. Happ allowed only one hit over seven-plus innings. Otherwise, a five-hit game is not ideal. On Saturday, the Twins couldn’t... Continue Reading »

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.