May 28, 2024

Twins escape with Game 1 win over Royals

Two key home runs and a stellar performance from Joe Ryan gave the Twins a 6-1 lead going into the ninth inning of Game 1 of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

And then the Twins bullpen made things very interesting.

Cole Sands secured two outs but also gave up three runs in the process, so rather than having Sands close out the game with two innings pitched, manager Rocco Baldelli was forced to call on Jhoan Duran to get the save.

Duran hit a batter to load the bases, served up a cheap infield hit to make it 6-4, then infielder Willi Castro, trying to make a play on another slow roller, fielded the ball and threw wide of first base to make it 6-5 Twins with Royals’ star Bobby Witt, Jr., coming to the plate. This time, though, Duran induced another grounder and tossed to first base to get the final out of the ballgame.

Ryan was spectacular, allowing just a run over seven innings with nine strikeouts. He is now 4-3 and has lowered his ERA to 2.96. He was backed by a two-run home run from Jose Miranda and a three-run blast from Oregon State man Trevor Larnach.

Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-There was a funny moment in the radio booth on Monday when lead voice Kris Atteberry, who shares radio duties with ex-Twin Dan Gladden, turned to him and asked: “If the curve ball is Uncle Charlie, what’s the sweeper? Aunt Louise?”

Gladden: “I’m still trying to figure out what it is.”

I feel you, Danny.

The other day I wrote about a 1951 game in which the Washington Senators/Nationals were clobbered by Bob Feller and the Cleveland Indians, 16-0.

Well, it happened again to the Sens/Nats, and not too long after that prior defeat. On May 27, 1955, the Sens/Nats were hammered by the Boston Red Sox by the same score. Here’s how the local press covered it.

The Boston Globe:

“Norm Zauchin, Red Sox first baseman whose bat had previously resembled a pop gun, suddenly found he was aiming a cannon last night as he put on a tremendous batting display with three homers, a double and 10 runs-batted-in as the Red Sox leveled the Washington Nationals, 16 to 0.”

The (Washington, D.C.) Evening Star:

“There was a time, even when the Senators were getting their daily defeat, when Manager Chuck Dressen could point with pride to a proficient but unharmed pitching staff. That was when they were losing the close ones. Now the outlook is bleak all along the lineup. If Camilo Pascual gets by the first inning today against the Boston Red Sox without yielding a run, Dressen will recommend the young Cuban for a medal. In five straight games the Senators’ starters have permitted at least one run in the first frame, giving up a total of 12 in that inning alone over that span.”

Pascual didn’t get the win the next day, but he did get the start and for some reason was pulled after only two-plus innings of work. Mickey McDermott followed him and gave the Sens six-plus innings of relief to beat the Red Sox, 5-3, on May 28, 1955.

May 27, 2024

Lopez loses again as Twins drop finale to Texas

The Twins’ Pablo Lopez, who was pegged as a possible AL Cy Young candidate this season, has been anything but that after he lost again on Sunday to the Texas Rangers, 6-2. Lopez has allowed 13 runs over his two previous starts. He’s now 4-5 with an ERA of 5.25. “It makes me mad more... Continue Reading »

May 26, 2024

Streaky Twins keep on streaking, win 4th straight

So far this season the Twins have had a 12-game winning streak, a seven-game losing streak and here they are again, a game away from sweeping the Texas Rangers after they won 5-3 on Saturday. I can’t explain it but with just enough hitting and pitching they are getting the job done. They also got... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2024

Twins get series win, but Duran serves up another dinger in 9th

The Twins made it back-to-back wins over the Washington Nationals to take the series from the Nats and distance themselves from a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win on Wednesday. The Twins took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning, but once again closer Jhoan Duran had fans chomping on their nails to the... Continue Reading »

May 22, 2024

Twins blast Nats, losing streak ends at 7 games

Offensively or defensively, it’s always good to have Byron Buxton in the lineup. And on Tuesday, he played the much-needed hero this team so desperately needs, connecting for two home runs and driving in three more to power the Twins to a 10-0 win over the Washington Nationals. More important: the seven-game losing streak is... Continue Reading »

May 20, 2024

Twins swept again. Where’s that damn sausage?

A 12-game winning streak has been followed by a six-game losing streak after the Twins were swept by the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians, who won again on Sunday in walk-off fashion, 5-2. The loss was made even more painful because the Twins had managed to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2024

Twins’ losing streak grows to 4 games after Guards take Game 1

When the Twins and Guardians get together they are almost always low-scoring affairs, and Friday was no different as the Twins opened the scoring, surrendered the lead, came back to tie the game and then watched it all go away after the Guards’ Jose Ramirez hit a solo shot for the 3-2 win. Cleveland has... Continue Reading »

May 17, 2024

Remember the Twins’ 12-game winning streak?

The Twins fell to earth hard this week, courtesy of the New York Yankees who swept a three-game series from the Twins and made it look oh-so-easy, outscoring Minnesota 14-1. And just like that the Twins have gone from world-beaters to pretty ordinary in a flash. The Yankees have a habit of doing that to... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2024

Say it one more time: It’s the Yankees, Twins fans

Last season the Twins won a season series over the New York Yankees for the first time since 2001. Think about that for a moment: they finally won a series for the FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS. As much as I would like that to continue — and the Twins have two more games against... 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.