May 5, 2024

Still tangy: Twins keep on winning, streak reaches 12 games

The Cloverdale Tangy Summer Sausage — the sausage that apparently started as a gift to Twins infielder Kyle Farmer and now has evolved into a talisman of sorts for the team — keeps delivering tangy goodness after the Twins won again on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 12 games.

The Twins also won 12 straight in 1991 and 1980 and now they are chasing history. The team record for most consecutive wins is 15, which also was set in 1991.

Pablo Lopez gave the Twins six strong innings with eight strikeouts and Willi Castro and Max Kepler delivered key hits in the 3-1 win over Boston. After Lopez stepped aside, the bullpen turned in four scoreless innings to get the job done. Joe Ryan gets the ball Sunday.

Extra innings…

-During that 12-game run in 1980, the Twins beat the Texas Rangers multiple times, including a 1-0 win over the Rangers on Sept. 22. Jerry Koosman pitched eight shutout innings and Roy Smalley hit the RBI single to score the game’s only run.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram did not mince words (I’m not sure this paper ever did) about the loss.

“If one night and one game ever epitomized this whole frustrating summer this was it. The Lost Season in a nine-inning nutshell.

“Strewn along the pavement of Monday night’s 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins — the Rangers’ 11th setback in 13 games now — were crushed hopes, squandered opportunities.

“Rookie right-hander John Butcher pitched the game of his young life, a three-hitter for 8-plus innings and all it got him was a kick in the teeth and his third loss in four decisions.

“The Rangers rocked Minnesota starter Jerry Koosman for nine—count ’em — nine hits. They had him on the ropes in five separate innings.

“And nothing.

“We let him get away from us,” a soft-spoken Ranger manager Pat Corrales said after his tumbling club fell eight games below .500.

“We had him. We had him right there for the bleeping taking and we let him get away.”

The 12-game winning streak in 1980 ended unmistakably, however, the division-winning Royals hammering the Twins 17-1. The next day, the last day of the season, the Royals’ Paul Splittorff, a career Royal who won 166 games for the club, one-hit the Twins over five innings to beat them 4-0.



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.