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Astros 16, Twins 8: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Did I mention it’s Memorial Day? Go outside and forget about baseball for 24 hours.

Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins
Astros come from behind to take game 1.
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Hello Twins fans. I hope you have had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. It’s a time to reflect upon the freedoms we have and give thanks to the soldiers who fought for those freedoms. Such as the freedom to enjoy a baseball game on a beautiful Minnesota afternoon. Oh and wicker furniture. Wicker furniture is great. Such as this free wicker furniture available in Bloomington to the first person who claims it.

See our editor-in-chief is gone on vacation this week and I jokingly said that if things go bad I would just post pictures of wicker furniture. And about that, well things didn’t go so great. So I’m trying to take your minds off of it and focus on that amazing wicker furniture opportunity. Don’t pass it up! Just because there isn’t a picture of said wicker furniture does it mean you should ever pass on free lawn furniture.

But this is a baseball site so on to the game.

The game started off with two of the leagues hottest pitchers on top of their games going toe to toe through the first few innings.

Ervin Santana put in his usual solid outing, only giving up 2 runs (1 earned) through 7 innings. The 1 earned run coming on a Carlos Correa solo shot in the 4th.

Astros pitcher Brad Peacock managed to ruffle Twins feathers until the 5th inning when the Twins finally got to him and reliever/punter Jordan Jankowski by putting up a crooked 7 runs including this 2 run jack by Miguel Sano, his 12th of the year. The Twins would add one more in the 7th on this home run by Robbie Grossman to take a solid 8-2 lead going into the 8th inning.

And that’s where I fell asleep after an afternoon BBQ at my parents. Only to wake up to the worst bullpen meltdown in Twins history.

An 11 run. (pause if you need to) 11 run 8th inning by the Astros thanks to the bullpen dumpster fire meatball buffet of Ryan Pressly, Craig Breslow, and Matt Belisle. An odd choice of relievers considering Paul Molitor had fresher arms available after the long game yesterday.

The Astros would proceed to knock in 3 more in the 9th off of RHP Drew Rucinski to make it a more rounded ocd friendly 16-8.

The 14 runs given up by the bullpen is a new Twins record according to the broadcast team. The last time the Astros scored 16 or more runs came last year on May 4th also vs The Minnesota Twins.

Back to the furniture....if you haven’t raced off to get it yet go now before it’s gone!

For a more thorough breakdown, box score, and video highlights of today's game, head here at

Note: Byron Buton was replaced in the 6th inning today due to a cut on his finger after a play in the outfield. The Twins thus far have him listed as day to day.

The Good:

Ervin Santana

Robbie Grossman

Miguel Sano

Jorge Polonco

The Bad:

Bullpen management

Losing the game

Buxton’s injury

The Ugly:

The Twins Bullpen


Thanks to everyone for stopping out to chat today. Hope you had a great weekend, have a great week, and safe travels home.