June 21, 2021

Can the Twins make it 5 wins in a row?

The Twins tied their longest winning streak of the season at four games on Sunday after they swept the Texas Rangers on the road, including Sunday’s 4-2 win. The Twins now face the Cincinnati Reds for two games and then welcome the Cleveland Indians to Target Field for four more.

The one glaring problem for the Twins on Sunday is that they could score only four runs, despite 14 hits. A little more clutch hitting and the Twins would have blown out the Rangers. Instead, they were a dismal 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Still, they rapped out 14 hits, including a Byron Buxton home run, his 10th. Oregon State man Trevor Larnach, Jorge Polanco and Andrelton Simmons had nine of the Twins’ 14 hits.

Starter Kenta Maeda picked up the win, but he continues to be vulnerable to the home run. He allowed two more on Sunday, giving him a total of 13 over about 58 innings pitched.

J.A. Happ, who got knocked around by the Seattle Mariners in his last start, gets the ball on Monday.

Extra innings…

-The Reds are a lot like the Twins: They can hit, but they can’t pitch. However, they will face Tyler Mahle on Monday, who is 7-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 90 strikeouts, according to MLB.com.

-Something I forgot to mention: After their win on Friday, the Twins improved to 3-8 in extra innings.

COMMENTS

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.