The Twins’ disappointing 2021 season is winding down to a disappointing close after team pitching served up 10 runs on Thursday and 11 more on Friday.
The Twins lost 10-7 to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, a game that was tit-for-tat for most of it until Motown pulled away late. As for Friday’s loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Twins were out of the running almost immediately, allowing two runs in the first inning, two in the third, two in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to ultimately lose 11-6. The Twins showed some fire late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 8-1 deficit by the fifth inning.
I was looking forward to Thursday’s game because pitcher Joe Ryan, the one Twins player giving a lot of Twins fans some hope for the future, was making another start. Unfortunately, Ryan found himself in the middle of a slugfest. He pitched well early, then finally succumbed to one of those games where everything gets hit. Ryan struck out five over four-plus innings, but he also allowed six runs, all earned, including two home runs and walked two batters.
In Thursday’s loss, Byron Buxton hit two home runs, Josh Donaldson hit his 25th and Brent Rooker connected for his ninth.
Griffin Jax gets the ball Saturday.
-Thursday’s loss was the final home game of the season for the Twins. According to Baseball-Reference.com, 1.3 million fans attended Twins games this season, good enough for 7th out of 15 teams in the American League. They are ending the season on the road at Kansas City.
-The Twins are 71-89.
-Hall of Famer Rod Carew turned 76 on Friday.
-The Toronto Blue Jays beat the St. Louis Browns 6-4 on Friday. The Browns are 52-108. The Jays remain a game out of the second AL wild card spot.