May 6, 2024

Wurst alert: Twins lose, winning streak ends at 12 games

The Twins’ longest winning streak since 1991 came to an end Sunday after the club reverted to its beginning-of-the-season form in which they struggled mightily with their clutch hitting.

In this case, they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Making things even more difficult is that the bullpen got rocked and the Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 9-2.

Joe Ryan made a quality start, but then he stepped aside after six innings and watched as Kody Funderburk allowed four runs on five hits and Jay Jackson surrendered a two-run home run.

Simeon Woods Richardson gets the ball Monday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins are now 19-14 and hold second place in the AL Central, 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Guardians.

-The Twins’ 12-game winning streak in 1980 also ended in emphatic fashion as the Royals blasted the Twins 17-1. The all-time record is a 15-game run that took place in 1991.

That winning streak didn’t end in a blowout but in a come from behind walk-off win for the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins had a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning with closer Rick Aguilera on the mound, who would go on to save 42 games that season.

Aggie entered the game and allowed single, single, bunt groundout and a sacrifice fly. He then intentionally walked a batter and served up a double and the Twins lost 6-5.

The Star Tribune was there to capture the moment.

“I’d rather lose in a blowout,” outfielder Shane Mack told the paper. “This hurts. We were pretty down in here for a while. But we’ll be back.”

Kirby Puckett took a different view.

“I’m proud of this team,” he said. “I’ve never been on a team that’s won 15 games in a row before. How can anybody hang their heads?”

Said manager Tom Kelly:

“Aggie was the one I was worried about. We had to let him know it wasn’t his fault. At least now we can let our hair down. Yeah, it’s disappointing to lose, but in way we feel a little more at ease. It was a great run.”

In the loss, the Twins scored five runs on 14 hits. Puckett and Al Newman had three hits apiece and Kent Hrbek and Brian Harper had two apiece. Chili Davis hit a home run, his 15th, and the Twins turned three double plays and stole three bases.

Long before Aggie got into the game, Allan Anderson made a quality start, allowing three runs (two earned) over six-plus innings.

Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.com

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.