April 30, 2024

Twins make it 8 straight wins with Game 1 victory at Chicago

Back-to-back sweeps and a Game 1 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday has extended the Twins’ winning streak to eight games, the team’s longest since June 2011.

Monday’s win wasn’t nearly as explosive as the weekend series with the Angels, the Twins scoring only three runs on four hits. They got a two-run home run from Carlos Santana, his fourth of the season, and Max Kepler scored the go-ahead run in the ninth on an RBI single to edge the South Siders, 3-2.

Pitching did its part. Joe Ryan delivered a quality start, but did not earn a decision, and three relievers two-hit the White Sox the rest of the way. Griffin Jax picked up the win and Caleb Thielbar locked down the save, his second of the season.

Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball Tuesday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are attributing the winning streak to a stale package of summer sausage, according to various reports. Allow me to explain. Twins infielder Kyle Farmer apparently received the sausage in the mail, but he didn’t want to eat it, so he turned it over to the clubhouse. From there, it eventually made its way into the dugout where it sits on a bat rack, according to MLB.com.

And after it first appeared in the dugout, the Twins hit back-to-back home runs, meaning it’s not just some moldy sausage anymore, it’s a “rally sausage.”

“It’s very weird, very gross, but at the same time, it’s working,” Carlos Correa told MLB.com. “So we’ll stick with it.”

-The Tampa Bay Rays must be shaking their heads because before the Twins pulled into town the Rays were swept by the 6-23 White Sox over the weekend.

-The Twins last had an eight-game winning streak in June 2011, getting wins over the Rangers, White Sox, Padres and Giants, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Pitcher Scott Baker picked up two wins over that span and so did Carl Pavano. The year 2011 wasn’t that long ago but even then the game was quite different. Baker pitched a complete game and went eight innings in his two wins, and Pavano did the same.

Despite the winning streak, the Twins were terrible that season. They lost six straight games immediately after the winning streak, including a 15-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in which Dodger Blue pounded out 25 hits. The Twins countered with four hits, two of them from Tsuyoshi Nishioka!

Starting pitcher Nick Blackburn got hammered, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits across four-plus innings. Why only seven earned runs? Because Nishioka committed an error.

The 2011 Twins were 63-99.

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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.