On July 4th, 1776, a bunch of American Colonists flipped a rhetorical bird at the entire Hanover dynasty, said “see ya later” and went on their merry way. Or that’s the short version at least. On July 4th, 2021, the Minnesota Twins also flipped a metaphorical bird at a bunch of Royals—these being the Kansas City variety.
Kenta Maeda was the real story of the day. “King Kenta” is the only King we shall celebrate, because ‘MURICA. He threw six scoreless innings, which were marred by only two hits. Even more encouraging was the fact he struck out ten, and over two-thirds of the pitches he threw went for a strike—a huge improvement over recent outings.
The only run support that Maeda actually needed came in the 3rd inning via Trevor Larnach driving in Luis Arreaz.
Still, the Twins weren’t going to settle for just winning today.
Max Kepler brought the fireworks. He put the Twins up by a second run with a blast in the 6th inning. He was joined in the dong club later by Jorge Polanco and Alex Kirilloff, who both went yard in the seventh, the former with Arraez on first.
The final tally for the Twins came against old friend Anthony Swarzak. If you are surprised to see that name, welcome to the club. We have meetings every Sunday, and there is usually coffee and store-brand cookies.
Bookending the Twins’ day nicely, as with their first run, this one came via Larnach driving in Luis Arraez.
Meanwhile Hansel Robles hate freedom, and tried to ruin our day, as he gave up two runs with two out in the ninth. Goodness prevailed however, as he managed to get the third out, as pinch hitter Jorge Soler sat down on strikes.
Everyone have fun tonight, don’t blow up any body parts, and have a DD.