Category: Rocco Baldelli

August 17, 2023

Reliever Jax has terrible inning, Twins lose 8-7

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had to turn to the bullpen early in Wednesday’s game after starter Kenta Maeda burned through 87 pitches in four innings. Maeda exited with a 4-3 lead over the Detroit Tigers. The Twins got a scoreless inning from Dylan Floro, the same from Emilio Pagan and then Griffin Jax blew it... Continue Reading »

August 13, 2023

Twins trade blowouts with Phils, snap losing streak

The Twins responded with a power show of their own Saturday night, getting four home runs and an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies after the Fighting Phils clobbered Minnesota 13-2 on Friday. Saturday’s win also snapped a four-game losing streak that began with a series loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Twins got home... Continue Reading »

July 19, 2023

Twins get Game 2 win over M’s. You can blame Rocco for the Game 1 loss

The Twins withstood a first-inning challenge from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, then poured it on with 14 hits to get an easy 10-3 win before about 28,000 fans at T-Mobile Park. Although the sweep is gone, a series victory is still a possibility if the Twins can win Wednesday and Thursday. The sweep is... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2023

O’s send Twins reeling with 15-2 rout and sweep at Target Field

The 2023 season came to an end on Sunday for the Minnesota Twins. Not literally, of course, but symbolically after the Twins were swept at home, finally losing in embarrassing fashion, 15-2. This may seem hard to believe, but the Twins actually scored the first run of the game and then watched as the Orioles... Continue Reading »

June 29, 2023

No surprise: Braves sweep Twins (and it was ugly)

The Atlanta Braves, one of the best teams in baseball with the power and pitching to prove it, had no trouble with the Twins this week, finally punctuating a three-game sweep with a four-hit shutout to win, 3-0. The Twins struck out 14 times as a team on Wednesday. The dismal series reportedly prompted a... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2023

Twins win over Red Sox features rare complete game

The Twins looked pretty good on Thursday, so good in fact it’s as if the team capped a long winning streak, or opened up a substantial lead in the division over their closest rival, or clinched a playoff spot. But let’s not get too excited because Thursday’s 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox means... Continue Reading »

June 10, 2023

Twins win, Luis Arraez still hitting .400

The Twins snapped a season-long five-game losing streak on Friday, getting a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Toronto Blue Jays. Scoring three runs is not exactly opening the flood gates, but it is for the Twins who last scored more than two runs on June 1. And center fielder Michael A. Taylor drove... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2023

Twins hitters walk 9 times and still can’t score

The Toronto Blue Jays were in a giving mood in Game 1 of their series at Target Field on Friday, issuing nine base on balls to Twins hitters. Unfortunately, the Twins, continuing a recent theme, could not capitalize on all those base runners and lost 3-1. They went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and... Continue Reading »

May 20, 2023

Seesaw game finally results in 5-4 Twins loss to Halos

The Twins looked tired Friday night after their hard-fought series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and for five innings it really showed as they remained hitless and struck out 12 times as a team. That allowed the Los Angeles Angels to take a 3-0 lead that suddenly evaporated, courtesy of a pinch-hit RBI double from... Continue Reading »

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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.