May 18, 2024

Twins’ losing streak grows to 4 games after Guards take Game 1

When the Twins and Guardians get together they are almost always low-scoring affairs, and Friday was no different as the Twins opened the scoring, surrendered the lead, came back to tie the game and then watched it all go away after the Guards’ Jose Ramirez hit a solo shot for the 3-2 win.

Cleveland has a knack for getting that late-in-the-game go-ahead score and then turns the ball over to their ace closer Emmanuel Clase. The Twins’ Jhoan Duran is a dominant closer, but Clase is lights out. He already has 13 saves and an ERA of 0.40.

The good news for the Twins: Alex Kirilloff finally broke out of a slump with a home run and Kyle Farmer, who has struggled at the plate all season, hit a pinch-hit double to tie the game. Perhaps the best news of all is that Byron Buxton is set to return to the lineup on Saturday.

Bailey Ober, who might really be the Twins’ No. 1 pitcher, gets the ball.

Extra innings…

-Three pitchers each allowed a run in the loss: Simeon Woods Richardson, Steven Okert and Duran.

-The Twins are now 24-20, 3.5 games back of the Guards.

-Want more evidence of the close games played between these two teams? They met 13 times in 2023 and the Twins outscored the Guards 59-44 and yet their season record was 6-7.

-Aaron Gleeman, who covers the Twins for The Athletic, shared an incredible statistic via X (previously Twitter) after the Twins were swept by the New York Yankees.

Since 2002, the Twins are 44-120 versus the Yankees, a winning percentage of .268 and yet against the remainder of the league the Twins have a winning percentage of better than .500.

Twins managers Rocco Baldelli, Paul Molitor and Ron Gardenhire also have sub-.300 winning percentages against Gotham.

This is unbelievable and it speaks to more than just bad luck. Seriously, look at those numbers. There has to be a curse, right?

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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.