May 2, 2024

Sausage power: Twins’ winning streak grows to 10 games

The Twins pulled off another come from behind win against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

During the streak, the Twins have swept the White Sox, Angels and White Sox again and will now attempt to keep the winning alive versus the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

The Twins were losing 4-2 on Wednesday when they went to work in the top of the sixth inning, ultimately banging out 12 hits to rally for a 10-5 win. Jose Miranda and Willi Castro accounted for six of those 12 hits, including extra-base hits in the form of two doubles and a triple. Alex Kirilloff also went deep in the game, his second dinger of the season.

Chris Paddack gets the ball Friday.

Extra innings…

-Byron Buxton exited the game early because of knee soreness. None of us want the injury to be serious, but all Twins fans know we have been here before with Buck. It’s better to have him in the lineup, but the Twins also have shown they can win without him.

-Bailey Ober won again to improve to 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA. Although his earned run average is slightly elevated it is much lower than the 54.00 ERA he had after being rocked by the Royals to start the season. He has since lowered it to 4.21, but it ticked back up after Wednesday’s start in which he allowed four runs over six innings.

-The Twins are 7-0 versus the South Siders this season.

-The Twins last had nine- and 10-game winning streaks in 2008, an 11-game run in 2006 and a team record 15-game stretch in the World Series-winning season of 1991.

The 11-game streak featured wins over the Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Brewers and Royals. Pitcher Francisco Liriano won three times during that stretch, followed by Johan Santana and Brad Radke with two wins apiece, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Not only were they winning games they were scoring a ton of runs. After win No. 10 of the 11-game streak, they had outscored their opponents 72-20, the Star Tribune reported in July 2006.

“I remember back in ’91 we played a lot of great games, we had a lot of nice comebacks and late-inning hits, but I don’t remember going out and scoring runs like this and just continually getting up 6-0,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the paper.

The 2006 team was a good one, winning 96 games only to lose in the postseason to the Oakland A’s.

Source: Newspapers.com.

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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.