June 6, 2022

Twins take series from Toronto, get Kryptonite Tuesday

The Twins and Toronto Blue Jays traded blowout wins in the first two games of this series, and the Twins were set to do it again Sunday until reliever Tyler Duffey served up a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth.

Still, the Twins held on for the 8-6 win to take two of three games from the Jays. The Twins scored their 8 runs on 16 hits, getting a 4-for-4 day from Luis Arraez, home runs from Gary Sanchez and Trevor Larnach, as well as two hits from Jose Miranda and a three-hit day from Gilberto Celestino, who seemed no worse for wear after a stint on the COVID-19 list.

The pitching win went to reliever Jharel Cotton and the save to closer Jovani Moran, his first.

The Twins are off Monday and then welcome the New York Yankees to Target Field on Tuesday. A Twins pitcher has not been announced. The Bronx Bombers are playing like, well, the Bombers. They are 39-15 in the American League East. They are 23-7 at home, 16-8 on the road and 8-2 over their last 10 games. It just got real, Minnesota.

Extra innings…

-The Blue Jays’ right fielder misplayed a pop up in the sun on Sunday, which led to an early run for the Twins. It also reminded Star Tribune Columnist Patrick Reusse about a similar incident during a Twins/White Sox game in early July 1977.

-On July 2, 1977, the Twins took a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the eighth against the South Siders, and then watched it all fall apart after they committed three errors, leading to six unearned runs. One of those errors was a ball misplayed in the sun by Twins outfielder Dan Ford.

Twins manager Gene Mauch held a closed-door meeting with his team after the game and when he emerged he was still hot.

“I neglected to check all our players when they took the field in the eighth inning to see that they were all wearing shoes, gloves and glasses,” said Mauch to the Minneapolis Tribune.

Asked if Ford would be fined for not wearing sunglasses, Mauch replied, “We’ll talk about it.”

After the Ford error, a trainer ran onto the field to bring him sunglasses.

“I never wear glasses because they fall down my nose,” said Ford, but he wore them on Mauch’s orders.

-We can still be thankful that the 2022 Twins are not the 1982 Twins. On June 4, 1982, the Twins snapped a 14-game losing streak with a 6-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Tribune teased the win on the front page with a photo of the game and a headline of, “Finally!”

Inside on the sports front, they went with “Yes it’s true! The streak is over.”

And the subhead? “Pitching unusually good as Twins blank Orioles.”

Wow.

Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.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.