August 17, 2021

Deja Vu all over again as Twins walk it off for 5-4 win

You weren’t seeing double on Monday, Twins fans.

Jorge Polanco delivered the key hit, Max Kepler scored the winning run and the Twins edged the Cleveland Guardians 5-4 in 10 innings to win their second straight game in walk-off fashion on Monday.

The Twins are now 8-3 in their last 11 games.

However, Monday’s win wasn’t the most productive affair. The Twins banged out 14 hits, but scored only five runs because they left 15 men on base and were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Still, Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers homered, and Josh Donaldson had three hits. The Twins also were walked six times.

Griffin Jax actually made a quality start, allowing two earned runs over six innings. But four runs were scored during his watch because the Twins committed four errors. It was a night of bad defense and good defense. The two teams committed five errors but also turned five double plays.

The win went to reliever and Minnesota native, Caleb Thielbar, who improved to 5-0 on the season.

Bailey Ober gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-After Jax went six innings, four Twins relievers allowed only one hit the rest of the way.

-Disappointing news for Trevor Larnach. The slumping Oregon State University man has been sent to Triple-A St. Paul to get back on track. He was replaced on the roster by Nick Gordon, who singled late in Monday’s game. Larnach got off to a hot start with the Twins, but had cooled off considerably in recent weeks. I don’t expect him to be in St. Paul for long.

-The Twins are now 9-10 in extra-inning games.

-The Twins improved to 53-66 after Monday’s win. Two more wins over Cleveland, which seems likely (this is not the same team without Terry Francona) and the Twins will pull within 11 games of .500. Can they actually achieve respectability this season?

-At least the Twins aren’t the Chicago Cubs, who appear to have entered the Twilight Zone of second-half collapses. The Cubs lost their 12th game in a row on Monday to fall 20.5 games out of the race in the NL Central. It’s a stunner because the Cubs were in first place through most of June, but are now 8-22 after the all-star break, including 1-13 in August.

-On Aug. 16, 1975, the Twins set a major league record as all nine players collect two or more hits in a 9-1 win over Cleveland, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

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.