September 23, 2018

Guess what happened to the Twins Saturday night? Yep. Another walk-off loss

The Twins tied a team record for futility after they suffered their 15th walk-off loss of the season to the Oakland A’s on Saturday. That’s back-to-back walk-off losses to the A’s, who beat them 7-6 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. There are eight games left in the season, which means the Twins have to do their best to avoid tying the major league record for walk-off losses at 16, or setting a new record.

Once again the Twins battled the A’s for nine innings until Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger uncorked a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to allow the winning run to score.

“It’s tough,” Twins manager Paul Molitor told MLB.com. “I like that we’re fighting. I like that we’re playing tough. I think guys are grinding as well as can be considered as far as the state of the season. And a lot of young players are learning on the fly and it’s probably a good experience for them. It’s disappointing we can’t find a way to win those close games on the road.”

I predicted that the Twins would win only one game in this series, so if that’s going to happen it needs to happen Sunday. Kyle Gibson gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-Has Molitor got something against pitcher Chase De Jong? Once again De Jong got the quick hook after pitching four-plus innings. He allowed five hits and two runs, but was lifted after 58 pitches. Then the team used six relievers, including Hildenberger.

-The Twins banged out seven hits in the loss, including three from Internet sensation and stat geek favorite, Willians Astudillo. He continues to live up to the no-walk, no-strikeout hype. He did neither on Saturday and yet he had three hits.

 

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

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.