May 1, 2024

Twins, summer sausage* roll on to 9th win in a row

Make it nine wins in a row for the Minnesota Twins after they beat the Chicago White Sox again on Tuesday, 6-5.

The White Sox took an early lead, the Twins rallied for a 5-4 edge and then the South Siders tied the game and the Twins untied it on a go-ahead sacrifice fly from Max Kepler. Flame-throwing closer Jhoan Duran, who returned from the injured list on Tuesday, locked down the game for his first save of the season.

The nine-game winning streak is the Twins’ longest since 2008.

Simeon Woods Richardson got the ball in Tuesday’s start, and although he allowed only one earned run, he labored a bit, tossing 81 pitches in three-plus innings. Manager Rocco Baldelli then turned to five relievers to get the job done.

Cole Sands blew the save after he served up a home run, but Caleb Thielbar followed him to get the win and Duran the save.

Bailey Ober gets the ball Wednesday in the finale. A win tomorrow and it’s three consecutive sweeps and a 10-game winning streak.

Extra innings…

-The Twins last had a nine-game winning streak in June 2008. During that stretch they beat the Nationals, Diamondbacks and Padres. Pitcher Scott Baker picked up two wins over that span and so did Glen Perkins who began his career with the Twins as a starting pitcher before moving to the bullpen where he notched 120 career saves.

Pitcher Kevin Slowey won Game 2 of that streak, allowing only a run over six innings in a 11-2 win against the Nats.

The 2008 Twins were pretty good. The core of their lineup featured Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel, a fairly formidable foursome. The Twins played mostly winning baseball until September when they slumped to 11-15 and finished in a tie with the Chicago White Sox. The two teams played Game 163 to settle the matter and the Twins lost 1-0 on a Jim Thome solo home run.

The Twins were 88-75 in 2008.

*For more about the “rally sausage,” see Tuesday’s post.

COMMENTS

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.