The 2021 Minnesota Twins have their first sweep and four-game winning streak of the season after they edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Wednesday.
Once again they fell behind early in the game, but Michael Pineda gave the Twins another quality start, Miguel Sano hit a three-run home run and the bullpen did just enough to preserve the win.
Pineda allowed a run over six innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. He served up a first-inning home run, then settled down to allow only two hits the rest of the way.
Up next, the Kansas City Royals come to Target Field for three games. Royals pitcher, Danny Duffy, who usually gives the Twins a hard time, recently landed on the injured list. If he doesn’t pitch in this series, I say the Twins earn another sweep. The action begins Friday. Randy Dobnak gets the ball.
-Twins shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, sure is quick with his glove. He teamed with catcher, Willians Astudillo, to throw out a runner at second base.
-On May 26, 2004, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Daryle Ward, the son of Ex-Twin Gary Ward, hits for the cycle in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals. His father accomplished the same feat on Sept. 18, 1980, making them the first father/son combination to hit for the cycle in major league history, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
Ward hit for the cycle in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. Despite going 4-for-5 at the top of the order, the Twins lost 9-8. They also lost the second game 5-0.
The Twins finished the 1980 season at 77-84, but only because they were 17-7 in September, including 12 straight wins. Pitcher Jerry Koosman had three of them.
During the streak they swept the White Sox, Rangers, Royals and White Sox again. However, the winning streak was snapped in ugly fashion after the Royals beat them 17-1 on Oct. 4, 1980. Willie Wilson and Hal McRae drove in nine of the Royals’ 17 runs.
September 18, 1980: In just his 14th major league game, Gary Ward hits for the sixth of 11 cycles in #MNTwins history.
Gary's son Daryle hit for the cycle on May 26, 2004. Wards were only father-son duo in ML history to hit for cycle until Biggios joined them just last night. pic.twitter.com/kYnIghTkmK
— The Twins Almanac (@TwinsAlmanac) September 18, 2019