The Minnesota Twins won another game today, which isn’t surprising. The team finished up a sweep of the Kansas City Royals. their seventh series win in their past nine series. The team has looked really good this year and has been in first place all month, but this one felt different from previous wins.
The Twins were down 1-0 after the fifth inning, but the team dropped down to 6-0 after Yennier Cano gave up five runs on four hits and two walks. The Twins have been in this situation so many times before over the past two years, and for the most part, a five run deficit has been a death sentence.
But when the Twins scored a trio of runs in the eighth inning, the team came to life, and even as Minnesota fans, there was a real hope after those runs scored, something Minnesotans don’t often feel when it comes to sports.
It’s easy to see why. Going into today’s game, the Twins’ offense was Top 5 in the American League in runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. The pitching is third in runs allowed, and sixth in walks allowed and strikeouts. The team is truly really strong. And the team justified that hope today.
The Minnesota Twins proved they’re legit after today’s comeback win against the Royals.
After a Gary Sanchez pop fly and a Trevor Larnach strikeout, Kyle Garlick responded with an absolute blast and an inning later the Twins scored two runs in the ninth before Jhoan Duran picked up his third save of the season.
I’ve already written about this Twins team feels different, picking up ugly wins when they need to, but now they’re winning games that most teams drop. They’re now 4.5 games up on the Chicago White Sox.
The team still struggles against good teams, going 2-6 against teams with over-.500 records. That’s still a concern for when the playoffs come around, but for right now, this team looks poised to roll through the regular season.