Remember the six-game losing streak? No? Well, that’s because the Twins have now won five straight games, including their third in a row over the Detroit Tigers.
Miguel Sano on Saturday tied the game 3-3 in the ninth on an RBI single, then Byron Buxton, one of the fastest players in baseball, beat out an infield hit at first base to score the runner from third and the Twins won in walk-off fashion, 4-3.
The Twins are now 25-16, still a half game behind the league-leading Chicago White Sox. The Twins also improved to a major league best 17-4 at home. They have two more games against the Tigers. A five-game sweep would certainly be nice.
Starter Kenta Maeda didn’t get the win, but he still gave the team another quality start, striking out eight over six innings. The win went to reliever, Jorge Alcala.
Sano paced the Twins on Saturday. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a run scored and two runs batted in.
Ex-Dodger Rich Hill gets the ball on Sunday. He’s looking to bounce back from his previous start after he lasted only three-plus innings.
-Sano’s home run was his ninth of the season.
-After the Tigers leave town, the Twins head to St. Louis to play a doubleheader with the Cardinals on Tuesday, then they get two days off before beginning what appears to be the most important 10 games of the season. The Cleveland Indians come to Target Field for three games, then the Twins hit the road to play seven games in Chicago: four against the White Sox and three more against the Cubs. Any missteps during this stretch and it could spell the difference between winning the division or entering the playoffs as a wild card team.
-Which team has the second best record in baseball? The Tampa Bay Rays at 27-13. They lead the American League East and the struggling New York Yankees by 5.5 games.