May 15, 2023

Twins rout Cubs again. Is the great winning streak about to begin?

The Twins kept their feet on the gas pedal in Saturday’s 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs, then they stomped on it Sunday, scoring 16 runs on 18 hits, including 10 extra-base hits, to run away from the lovable losers by a margin of 16-3.

Last week, after the Twins lost consecutive series to the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians, I sized up the schedule for May and predicted that the Twins, based on the level of competition they had to face, were in jeopardy of losing all of those series through the end of the month.

Instead, I am happy to report that didn’t happen because the Twins took two of three games from both the San Diego Padres and Cubs. And now it’s on to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. Pablo Lopez gets the ball Monday.

Extra innings …

-The Twins are 23-18 and hold first place in the AL Central with a 3.5 game cushion over the Guardians.

-The Twins scored 29 runs against the Cubs, the most runs scored in one series at Target Field since it opened in 2010, according to MLB.com. After scoring so many runs, it’s hard to believe the Twins actually lost Game 1.

-The Twins got contributions from everyone in the starting lineup on Sunday, but no one was better than the bottom of the order, which featured Trevor Larnach, Kyle Farmer, Nick Gordon and Christian Vazquez. They accounted for nine of the Twins’ 18 hits. Larnach doubled and hit a three-run home run.

-Joey Gallo hit another tape measure shot on Sunday and Michael Taylor teed off on Cubs utility man Miles Mastrobuoni, who was called on to pitch in the ninth inning after the game got well out of hand.

-While the ball was flying around Target Field another Twins pitcher turned in a quality start. This time it was rookie Louie Varland, who allowed three runs over six-plus innings with seven strikeouts to notch his first win of the season.

-And last but not least: Byron Buxton finally snapped an 0-for-26 skid with two hits.

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.