A three-game winning streak and maybe a whole lot more has finally come to an end for the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins accomplished their first goal by sweeping three games from the Kansas City Royals this week and pulled within four games of the Cleveland Guardians going into Friday’s game.
And Game 1 of the series at Cleveland got off to a promising start after the Twins took an early 3-0 lead. Twins starter Bailey Ober, who hasn’t pitched in three months, kept the Guards in check for five innings, allowing only a hit, a walk and he struck out five on 70 pitches. No surprise he had a short leash, given his time away from the game.
But the bullpen couldn’t match Ober’s performance.
Caleb Thielbar, Griffin Jax and Jhoan Duran coughed up four runs late, including the go-ahead run on a Duran wild pitch that hit the ground, then bounced high into the air, confusing catcher Gary Sanchez. By the time he found the ball, the run had scored.
All of this means the Twins have fallen another game behind the Guards and are now five games back of the top spot with 19 games to go, including four more with the Guardians.
The Twins and Guardians play a doubleheader on Saturday. Louie Varland gets the ball in Game 2, followed by Josh Winder in Game 3.
-The Twins are 72-71.
-The Twins are 12-4 versus the Royals this season, but 5-10 against the Guardians.
-I listened to Friday’s game and the conversation between Kris Atteberry and Dan Gladden finally landed on Gladden’s performance at Cleveland Stadium when he was a member of the Twins. It turns out he hit pretty well at the formerly cavernous ballpark, slashing .280/.360/.383 with 59 stolen bases, 19 doubles, 12 home runs and four triples, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
-And then there was this…
Season’s done. Red Sox should just go nuts from here on out. Free beer for the fans. Let Wally pitch. Replace the ball with a fresh-baked ham. Exploding bases. John Henry dickpunch booth. Trot Nixon repairing cars in the outfield during games. Alligators. Nudity. Maybe win a few
— Red (@SurvivingGrady) September 15, 2022