Category: Joe Ryan

May 22, 2022

The Twins are pretty good, folks

The Twins are 20-8 since a 4-8 start to the season in April, and victory No. 24 was a series-winning 9-2 blowout over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The Twins took an early lead, then piled on late, taking advantage of six walks issued by Royals’ pitching. The top of the order was on... Continue Reading »

May 16, 2022

A little ‘small ball,’ a little power helps Twins take series from Guardians

The Twins put the game in motion early and added a couple of solo home runs after that to beat the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday and win the series. The “small ball” looked like this: A Luis Arraez walk, a steal of second base and then Max Kepler singled him home to take a 1-0... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2022

Houston makes it look too easy in sweep of Twins

The Houston Astros swept a three-game series from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and if somebody told me that not a single Astros player broke out in a sweat during that series, or that manager Dusty Baker napped for 72 carefree hours, I’d believe them because they appeared to win with ease, like it was... Continue Reading »

May 11, 2022

What is it about the Houston Astros?

Ever since Houston pitcher Framber Valdez pitched five innings of scoreless relief to beat the Twins in Game 1 of the 2020 American League Wild Card Series, the Twins seem to wilt in the presence of the Astros. And the wilting continued Tuesday night after Justin Verlander and a reliever three-hit the Twins to win... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2022

Twins keep on winning, best Browns* 7-2

The Twins overcame some cheap hits and a couple of errors to finally run way from the St. Louis Browns* by a score of 7-2 on Tuesday. The Twins have now won 11 of their last 12 games and improved to 15-9 in the American League Central after they started the season 4-8. They go... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2022

Ryan, Kepler carry Twins to sixth straight win

Joe Ryan pitched seven strong innings and Max Kepler stroked two home runs to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Wednesday. The win extended the Twins’ winning streak to six games. They go for a second straight sweep on Thursday. Ryan cruised, allowing only one hit over seven innings with a walk and nine strikeouts.... Continue Reading »

April 22, 2022

Twins win 1-0 on Miguel Sano sacrifice fly (never mind the eight singles)

After the Twins lost Game 1 of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals, questions were raised about the effectiveness of the Twins bullpen. Two games later the bullpen had stepped up and quieted the critics, then a new question was asked: Can this Twins team hit at all? That’s because in those two... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2022

Twins rip Red Sox, but may have lost Buxton to yet another injury

Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan looked great, Miguel Sano finally broke out of a long hitless streak with a home run and the Rod Carew-like Luis Arraez cracked an RBI double to pace the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. But all of that was overshadowed by what happened... Continue Reading »

April 9, 2022

1 run the difference as Twins lose home opener

Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan made one mistake on Friday, serving up a first-inning two-run home run that would stand for the remainder of the game, ending in a 2-1 win for the Seattle Mariners. Otherwise, Ryan and three relievers pitched pretty well, striking out 11 batters and limiting the M’s to just two runs... 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.