Category: Jorge Alcala

October 4, 2021

The real 2021 Twins finally showed up on the last day of the season

The team I think we all knew the Twins could be, a team that would make an immediate impact with its hitting, pitching and bullpen, finally showed up on Oct. 3, 2021, the final game of the season. It was hard not to feel that way watching them play on Sunday. Luis Arraez, the best... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2021

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose in spectacular fashion — again

Sixty-nine years ago Red Smith, the Dean of all American sportswriters, went to his typewriter (or so I presume) and tapped out the most famous sports lede of all time after the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a ball into the left field stands at the Polo Grounds off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca.... Continue Reading »

April 21, 2021

Twins drop doubleheader to A’s

Waylaid by COVID-19, and likely distracted by the momentous news out of Minneapolis, the Twins went quietly on Tuesday, dropping a doubleheader to the Oakland A’s. A check of box scores for both games shows there wasn’t nearly enough offense and too many mistakes. In Game 1, Twins pitching issued seven base on balls, had... Continue Reading »

March 14, 2021

Twins pitching still stellar, but where’s the hitting?

Five Twins pitchers combined to two-hit the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, once again demonstrating that the Twins appear to be more than ready on the mound. The only problem? Rays pitching was almost as good, limiting the Twins to just four hits. Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak, aka the Dobber, dazzled on Saturday, striking out... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2020

Winning streak grows to 5 games after third straight Twins win over Tigers

Remember the six-game losing streak? No? Well, that’s because the Twins have now won five straight games, including their third in a row over the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Sano on Saturday tied the game 3-3 in the ninth on an RBI single, then Byron Buxton, one of the fastest players in baseball, beat out an... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2020

Twins go from losing streak to winning streak after series win over Chisox

The Twins made it two wins in a row on Wednesday after a convincing 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Jose Berrios gave the Twins another quality start and Josh Donaldson, who missed all of August with an injury, returned to the lineup and had two hits, including a double. Berrios has been uneven... Continue Reading »

August 26, 2020

Bullpen blows it after Twins get to Bieber

Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber struck out 10 batters on Tuesday, but he also allowed four hits and three walks, and that was enough for the Twins to score two runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. That lead would hold up for four innings, then Twins reliever Jorge... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2020

Twins fall to 0-4 against Royals on the road

The Twins turned in a dud Friday night after a breakout performance by Jose Berrios on Thursday. First, the bad news. Starter Jake Odorizzi and reliever Zack Littell exited Friday’s game with apparent injuries, and Twins hitters accomplished little in between, mustering only six hits in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

August 19, 2020

Twins hang on for extra-innings win after no-hit bid ends in 9th

Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda was brilliant for eight innings on Tuesday. He didn’t allow a hit, he struck out 12 and he didn’t win. That’s because the Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs in the ninth to force an extra-innings game that the Twins finally won in the 12th, 4-3. Jorge Polanco’s infield single scored the... 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.