August 19, 2021

Twins get 4th straight series win. Now, will the momentum matter against the Yanks?

The Twins took three of four games from the Astros, and two of three games from the White Sox, Rays and Guardians, giving the club its fourth straight series win, including yet another walk-off win on Wednesday. And once again the game-winning hit was delivered by Mr. Clutch himself, Jorge Polanco.

Facing a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the 11th, Polanco singled to short right field to score Ryan Jeffers from third base and the Twins edged Cleveland, 8-7.

The Twins rallied from an early deficit with a five-run fifth inning, then reliever Alex Colome, who has pitched well of late, blew the save and nearly the game after he allowed two runs on two hits with a walk and wild pitch. The win went to reliever Danny Coulombe. Starter Lewis Thorpe, who exited early with shoulder pain, was not good, allowing two runs, three walks and a home run over one-plus innings of work (four outs).

Up next, a trip to The Bronx to face the New York Yankees, otherwise known as kryptonite to the Twins. Reliever John Gant gets the ball Thursday. I’m not sure if this means the Twins are going with an “opener” in Game 1 or if they’re out of pitching options after manager Rocco Baldelli had to go deep on the bullpen to get through Wednesday’s 11 innings. My guess is the latter. A team out of pitching options when facing the Yankees… brace yourselves, Twins fans.

Extra innings…

-Slugger Miguel Sano hit his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday, an absolute bomb that was measured at 475 feet. The Twins could certainly use a few of those in New York.

-Former Twins pitcher Jack Morris has once again put his foot in his mouth. He was suspended indefinitely from broadcasting duties in Detroit on Wednesday for an insensitive remark directed at Los Angeles Angels pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani, according to ESPN.

Morris made the remark (he appears to have imitated a stereotypical Japanese accent) during the game and also apologized during the game, but the damage was done. Morris, it seems, is still stuck in the past.

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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.