August 29, 2022

After sweep, don’t count out the Twins just yet

The Twins swept the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, officially putting the six-game losing streak in the rear view mirror and reminding the baseball world (OK, the AL Central) that they are not out of this thing just yet.

Losses to the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros told a completely different story, but then they blanked the Giants 9-0 on Friday, won on a walk-off walk on Saturday and then chased the Giants out of Target Field on Sunday, beating them 8-3.

Even better: Cleveland lost Sunday, so the Twins picked up another game on the division leaders and now trail the Guardians by only two games. The White Sox, meanwhile, are reeling. They are 2-8 over their last 10 games and now find themselves five games back of the Guards.

The Twins and Giants on Sunday scored all of their runs between the third and fifth innings. The Giants scored a run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, while the Twins countered with a run, two runs and then stepped on the gas for a five-run fifth inning.

They scored eight runs on 11 hits, including a Jake Cave home run and six doubles. Carlos Correa, Max Kepler and Cave had six of the Twins’ 11 hits.

On the mound, reliever Devin Smeltzer earned the win, improving to 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

Up next, the Boston Red Sox come to town. Dylan Bundy gets the ball on Monday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are 65-61.

-The Twins outscored the Giants 20-5.

-Saturday’s 3-2 walk-off win was a strange affair. The Twins were on the verge of losing 1-0 to a sacrifice fly when the Giants added a second run in the top of the ninth inning. The Twins rallied for two runs to send it to extra innings, and then Giants reliever Dominic Leone, with a Twins base runner at second base, walked three batters to give the Twins the walk-off walk win.


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.