7:11 AM EDT, Tue August 16, 2022
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Twins 4, Royals 2: We’ll take ‘em how we can get ‘em

Twins 4, Royals 2: We’ll take ‘em how we can get ‘em

Tim Beckham loves W’s. | Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports The Twins started off the homestand with a much-needed win Just stating the obvious here, but the Twins need to have a strong homestand. They got off on the right foot on Monday night, coming back from an early two-run deficit to hold off the Royals the rest of the way. Joe Ryan struck out the side in the first inning. Well, not really. (That’s a debate we can have another day ... what’s your definition of “striking out the side?”) But he did register three outs on strikeouts. The only problem is after...
11 hours ago
Game 114: Royals at Twins

Game 114: Royals at Twins

Save us, Joseph. | Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Winning streak needed. First Pitch: 6:40 PMTV: Bally Sports NorthRadio: TIBN, twinsbeisbol.comKnow Thine Enemy: Royals Review The Minnesota Twins are now 5-7 in August and 8-11 since the All-Star Break. They’re suddenly three games back of the Cleveland Guardians and tied with the Chicago White Sox in the A.L. Central. Against the Angels, the issues were mostly offense and bullpen-related. Against the Dodgers, it was the starting pitching. Outside of the two-game sweep at the hands of those mighty Dodgers, the...
19 hours ago
Coming Home

Coming Home

Time to make some hay at 1 Twins Way I’m going home, back to the place where I belong—and where your love has always been enough for me. I recently completed a move. After three and a half years in Mankato, MN, a job change has taken me to White Bear Lake. While I am—fortunately—excited by this location/job change, life “out-of-sorts” (away from a home base) can be exhausting. Human beings are creatures of habit by nature, and generally seek comfort and familiarity in surroundings. As we’ve all seen of late, the Twins have performed not unlike the solitary...
Aug 14, 2022
Angels 4, Twins 2: Ugh.

Angels 4, Twins 2: Ugh.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Byron Buxton homers to put the Twins in front early, but that would be all they would get. I’m sure all of us were hoping that the Twins would have a strong finish to the series after Saturday night’s extra innings debacle. At least early on, it seemed like that might be the case. Byron Buxton launched his 28th homer of the season in the first inning to put the Twins up 2-0. Chris Archer would hold the Angels off the scoreboard until the bottom of the 3rd. That was when Luis Rengifo doubled to left and brought home David Fletcher...
Aug 14, 2022
Game 113: Twins @ Angels

Game 113: Twins @ Angels

Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports The Twins look to bounce back after a crushing loss last night in Anaheim FIRST PITCH: 3:10pmCDT TV: Bally Sports North RADIO: WCCO, TIBN Happy Sunday! This afternoon, the Twins look to take 2 out of 3 against the Angels in Anaheim and put last night’s heartbreaker behind them. To do this, they’ll more than likely need a strong start from Chris Archer (2-5, 4.02ERA), and a better bullpen performance than last night. Not leaving 14 runners on base will help too! The Halos will counter with Tucker Davidson (1-3, 7.91ERA). From his...
Aug 14, 2022
F/11 - Angels 5, Twins 3: Unfortunately, Emilio Pagan

F/11 - Angels 5, Twins 3: Unfortunately, Emilio Pagan

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Most unfortunately, Emilio Pagan. Ever considered pitching mostly shutout innings? The Twins have, and the Twins did so tonight. But after holding the Angels scoreless late into the eighth inning, the L.A. bats went wild and, against all odds (including a ninth-inning Minnesota win probability of 96%) sent this one into extra innings. What began as another cruise-control shutout for the Twins turned into one of the crazier Manfredball romps of the season. I’ll keep it spoiler-free for now, assuming you didn’t watch the game, and already...
Aug 13, 2022
Game 112: Twins at Angels

Game 112: Twins at Angels

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Can’t start a streak if you don’t win a pair! First Pitch: 8:07 pm CDT TV: BSN / ~ / Radio: TIBN The Angels are in fourth place, buffered from the bottom by only the Oakland A’s. The Kansas City Royals, in turn, are separated from fifth only because the Detroit Tigers haven’t been able to get back on the horse. Over the next few days, Minnesota’s games will come against these two teams; these matchups with sub-.500 teams are crucial given the Twins’ own slip into second. The home nine got started off on the right foot last night,...
Aug 13, 2022
Will the Twins ever play at the Field of Dreams?

Will the Twins ever play at the Field of Dreams?

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via There will be no MLB game in Iowa in 2023 according to Frank Thomas There have been two Field of Dreams games, the only two MLB games to ever take place in Iowa, and both times Chicago has won. It’s rather fitting for the many Iowans who made it to the games. In 2022 the White Sox beat the Yankees in walk-off fashion, which couldn’t have been more appropriate at the Field of Dreams, a movie essentially about former White Sox players. Now this year, the Cubs beat the Reds in front of a packed crowd. The 2022 game was not as...
Aug 13, 2022
Twins 4, Angels 0: Let the victorying commence!

Twins 4, Angels 0: Let the victorying commence!

And happy they are. | Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Newbie guy Mahle does what you'd want and the Angels crowd gets loud/enthusiastic? because they were losing. I'll have to admit, while I always enjoy previews for these things, I've gotta be in the right mood for recaps. Previews, you might share some information you found, or could phrase a bit differently, which maybe some people might find interesting. Recaps, I can do from the box score. We've all got the internet, unless you're getting this recap via a weekly mailed newsletter sent from Joel Hernandez's penguin...
Aug 12, 2022
Game CXI: Twins @ Angels

Game CXI: Twins @ Angels

Arte Moreno, Angels owner. (The guy on the right.) | Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated via (for some reason the system captioned this "Set Number: X83074 TK1 R2 F52" and I don't want to anger the System) Can the Twins snap out of their funk against a team in one of their own? “Quirky” start time: 8:38 Central Weather: Calm, mostly sunny, first pitch 81° Opponent’s “on hiatus” SB site: Halos Heaven TV: BSN. Radio: Provus maybe still not in California, is perhaps afraid of Disneyland On July 24 last year, in a game I definitely did not remember, today’s...
Aug 11, 2022
A Dose of Minnesota Optimism

A Dose of Minnesota Optimism

Photo by Harry How/ Good vibes only. Hey there, thanks for stopping by. Just wanted to interrupt your regularly scheduled doom and gloom to bring some optimism. Let’s start with the bad. After splitting four games with the Toronto Blue Jays and getting swept by the Dodgers, the Twins are officially in second place in the AL Central, a game behind the Cleveland Guardians. Now the good stuff. The Twins probably should have taken three games from Toronto but an overturned call at the plate took that away. Yeah, they’re not as good as the Dodgers, but who is? You...
Aug 11, 2022
Dodgers 8, Twins 5: 2nd Place Team

Dodgers 8, Twins 5: 2nd Place Team

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Dodgers’ Offense Doesn’t Quit The Twins held the lead for over an hour today, so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice. On the flip side, the Twins held a division lead for most of this season, but are now behind by a game, which is not nice. Sonny Gray ran into some trouble early, but got out of the second having only surrendered two runs on a Max Muncy home run and a Cody Bellinger sac fly. The Twins struck back strongly and immediately with a 3-run shot by Jorge Polanco in the top of the third, giving the good guys the...
Aug 10, 2022
Game 110: Twins at Dodgers

Game 110: Twins at Dodgers

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports twinkietownafterdark.com First pitch: 9:10 PM TV: Bally Sports North Radio: TIBN Know thine enemy: True Blue LA After our beautiful boy Joe Ryan got rocked last night, the Twins and Sonny Gray are out for revenge tonight. Looking to break a 9-game losing streak versus the boys in blue from Los Angeles and salvage 1 out of 4 in 2022, Minnesota will be going up against someone called Ryan Pepiot, who has started four games this year (and in his career) and gone no more than 5.0 innings in any of them. He does sport a 2.76 ERA and 19...
Aug 10, 2022
Twins Top Prospect Update

Twins Top Prospect Update

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Minnesota has seen a tough 2022 for Jordan Balazovic and a stellar outing by Cole Sands As the trade deadline, wrapped up last Tuesday, it had many revisiting the Twins farm system. The Twins managed to trade for some great arms while giving up no big-name MLB players. My main thought was, “How is Jordan Balazovic doing?” My second thought was, “How do you pronounce his name again?” See below. But really, he’s had a rough go of it this season, let’s take a look at how others are doing. Proper way to pronounce...
Aug 10, 2022
Dodgers 10, Twins 3: West coast blues

Dodgers 10, Twins 3: West coast blues

I am very tired. | Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Joe Ryan and crew struggled against the potent Dodgers lineup, while our lineup was held in check by Julio Urías. After allowing 10 earned runs two starts ago against San Diego, Joe Ryan had to face another west coast team, the Dodgers. This start was only about half as bad, though definitely still bad, as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) over 5 innings of work. After the Twins tied the game in the top of the second with a Gio Urshela triple and a Gilberto Celestino single, the Dodgers responded with 3 runs in the...