Category: Zack Littell

August 4, 2019

All hail the Twins’ Nelson Cruz

Slugger Nelson Cruz appears ready to single-handedly lead the Twins to a division title and possibly more after putting on a show Friday and Saturday. In two games, Cruz went 6-for-10 at the plate and hit four home runs, including three on Saturday in the Twins’ 11-3 defeat of the Kansas City Royals. He now... Continue Reading »

July 22, 2019

Twins split series with A’s after welcome, walk-off win

Good riddance to the pesky Oakland A’s.  The A’s and Twins fought like hell over this four-game series, and just when it looked like the Twins might finally get an easy win on Sunday, the A’s had other ideas. The Twins scored four runs early before the A’s added two in the top of the... Continue Reading »

July 13, 2019

Game 1 goes to the Twins

The Twins scored first, fell behind early, then rallied for four runs late to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in Game 1 of a key, three-game series on Friday. Perhaps most important: the Twins widened their lead over the Tribe to 6.5 games. Nelson Cruz got things started with a solo home run in the... Continue Reading »

June 19, 2019

Twins get walk-off win over Red Sox in 17th inning

The Twins’ Max Kepler played hero on Tuesday and again early Wednesday morning. He hit a game-tying blast in the 13th inning and then singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 17th to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3. It was the Twins’ first walk-off win of the season. The win also... Continue Reading »

June 15, 2019

Battery mates win it for the Twins

Nearly every Twins player has made a significant contribution to the great season the club has had so far. But on Friday, they needed only two: Kyle Gibson and Mitch Garver. Gibson pitched eight scoreless innings and catcher Garver hit a two-run home run and that was enough for the Twins to beat the lowly... Continue Reading »

May 31, 2019

Good, but not great? Twins fall hard to Tampa Bay Rays

Before I get to the disaster that was Thursday’s game between the Twins and Tampa Bay Rays — two of the best teams in baseball — I have to point out that only about 8,000 fans attended the game. If two of the best teams in baseball can barely attract 8,000 people on a Thursday... Continue Reading »

May 25, 2019

The wrecking crew known as the Twins rolls on

The Twins returned home to play the Chicago White Sox Friday night and they didn’t disappoint. Backed by nine extra-base hits (six doubles and three more home runs) the Twins took an early lead, surrendered it and then slugged their way to an 11-4 comeback win. The Twins have now hit 101 home runs in... Continue Reading »

September 10, 2018

Cult hero Willians Astudillo wins it for the Twins with walk-off home run

Willians Astudillo, whose unique statistical accomplishments have quickly earned him a devoted following, delivered in a big way Sunday after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Kansas City Royals and win the three-game series. The Legend of Willians Astudillo™, updated: Homers – 3Strikeouts – 2Walks – 0 pic.twitter.com/jDIUrrqIYo — Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman)... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2018

Twins’ experiment with ‘opener’ strategy goes horribly wrong in Texas

Taking a page from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins employed an “opener” strategy on Sunday, in which a series of relievers pitches the game instead of a traditional starting pitcher. The theory behind it is that once the starting reliever or closer has faced the toughest part of the batting order, the “primary pitcher”... 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.