Category: Kent Hrbek

May 6, 2024

Wurst alert: Twins lose, winning streak ends at 12 games

The Twins’ longest winning streak since 1991 came to an end Sunday after the club reverted to its beginning-of-the-season form in which they struggled mightily with their clutch hitting. In this case, they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Making things even more difficult is that the bullpen... Continue Reading »

August 28, 2023

Job No. 1 accomplished as Twins take series from Texas

The Twins bounced back with authority following the sweep in Milwaukee by taking three of four games from the Texas Rangers, one of the best teams in the American League, including Sunday’s 7-6 win in 13 innings. It wasn’t always pretty — both teams were a combined 4-for-34 with runners in scoring position and stranded... Continue Reading »

February 21, 2023

Here’s a change of pace: An off-the-field injury for the Twins

It has been well-documented that the Twins had an inordinate amount of player injuries last year, all of which contributed to an underwhelming season and a third-place finish. But at least those injuries involved the game of baseball, either running, throwing or fielding the ball from what I recall. Yet here we are on the... Continue Reading »

October 3, 2022

Winding down the Twins’ season with ugly series loss to Tigers

The Twins assured themselves of back-to-back losing seasons on Sunday after they lost 5-2 to the 93-loss Detroit Tigers. They also lost Saturday to hand Motown the series win. The Twins fell to 77-82 on the season, and with three games to go to wrap up the 2022 campaign, the Twins can do no better... Continue Reading »

June 30, 2022

Twins lose to Guardians 7-6 after bullpen blows 3-run lead

Any takers out there for reliever Emilio Pagan? I have this vision that the front office tandem of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, otherwise known as Falvey & Co on this blog, were busy working the phones after the Twins’ terrible loss in Cleveland Wednesday night, trying their best to shore up some holes in... Continue Reading »

May 2, 2022

Twins make it look easy again, rip Rays 9-3

The Twins took two of three games from the Tampa Bay Rays, including Sunday’s 9-3 win, the second straight game that the Twins have scored nine runs. They scored nine runs on 14 hits on Saturday and did it again on Sunday with 13 hits. Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Trevor Larnach, Jorge Polanco and Gilberto... Continue Reading »

August 25, 2021

Losing streak grows to 4 games after Twins drop Game 1 in Boston

The Twins put up a fight in their Game 1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, but couldn’t overcome nine runs allowed through five innings, finally losing 11-9. It was a long night for rookie pitcher Griffin Jax, who was handed a 3-1 lead — Max Kepler hit a first-inning leadoff triple —... Continue Reading »

December 29, 2020

81-75 with 6 games to go and it all fell apart for the Twins in ’84

After I became a Twins fan (yes, there was a beginning), I suffered through a 102-loss season in 1982, another down year in ’83 and then, incredibly it seemed, the Twins began to show signs of life in 1984. They were helped by a young nucleus of rising stars, including Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Frank... Continue Reading »

February 18, 2019

The day the Twins took a 7-run lead into the 8th inning and lost

Baseball-Reference.com never ceases to amaze. I visit this site nearly every day and always find something of interest, including a new list of the biggest regular season and postseason comebacks in baseball history. I quickly scanned the list of regular season comebacks for the Twins and came across an ugly team and an ugly loss in... 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.