The Twins snapped a season-long five-game losing streak on Friday, getting a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Scoring three runs is not exactly opening the flood gates, but it is for the Twins who last scored more than two runs on June 1. And center fielder Michael A. Taylor drove in all three with a two-run blast and a 10th inning sacrifice fly to edge the Jays.
The pitching victory, appropriately enough, went to closer Jhoan Duran, who redeemed himself on Friday after serving up the walk-off blast in the Twins’ 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Duran tossed a season-high 38 pitches, according to Twins radio play-by-play guy Cory Provus, to improve to 2-2 with a 1.44 ERA.
Joe Ryan gets the ball on Saturday.
Extra innings …
-The win returned the Twins to .500 with a record of 32-32, still good enough to top the AL Central with a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Guardians.
-Rookie Royce Lewis went 4-for-4 with a run scored.
-Ex-Twin Luis Arraez had one hit in four trips to the plate on Friday in the Marlins’ 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He is now hitting .400.
-Weird stat of the night: Slugger Joey Gallo has only three career sacrifice flies, but he apparently hit one during a rehab appearance with the Triple-A St. Paul Saints.
-It’s been nice to hear Hall of Fame player and former Twins manager Paul Molitor in the radio booth, working alongside Provus on this current road trip. Molitor had two winning seasons and two losing seasons as manager of the Twins.
Current manager Rocco Baldelli has accomplished the same, with a big question mark about the remainder of this season. Yet it was Molitor who was bounced out of a job, while Baldelli recently received a questionable extension that, as far as I can tell, was not widely reported.
In fact, the only report I have seen is on MLB Trade Rumors, which cites reporting by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Baldelli’s extension runs through at least 2025, according to the site.
“It’s unknown exactly how long the new contract is, but it’s notable it goes for at least two more seasons beyond the current campaign. That means there’s no immediate concern about a ‘lame duck’ situation and it also shows the organization has plenty of faith in the work Baldelli has done,” MLB Trade Rumors writes.
MLB Trade Rumors also notes: “Baldelli’s tenure has seen the club post inconsistent results.”