August 24, 2017

Missed opportunity as Twins fall to White Sox

The Cleveland Indians lost again to the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night, but it didn’t matter because the Twins couldn’t take advantage after they lost 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox in walk-off fashion.

Despite the loss, the Twins remain four and a half games back of the Tribe and still maintain the second wild card position in the American League. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim also lost Wednesday, so now the Kansas City Royals and Angels are a half-game back of the Twins.

The Twins had no business losing on Wednesday. Ervin Santana dominated for seven innings and struck out eight, while limiting the Pale Hose to one run. But after 91 pitches, Santana handed the ball off to the bullpen and watched them take the blown save and loss.

Jorge Polanco hit his fourth consecutive home run for the Twins, but it wasn’t enough as the Twins mustered only three hits as a team in Wednesday’s game. That’s a concern, and a reminder, that the Twins are going to really miss slugger Miguel Sano as he spends the next 10 days on the disabled list for a shin injury. Attention Brian Dozier, Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton: Don’t cool off now.

Jose Berrios gets the ball Thursday.


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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.