Don’t look now, but after winning tonight in the series opener vs the Baltimore Orioles, the Minnesota Twins are suddenly winners in four of their last five games. It’s their best stretch of baseball since the season was just 5-10 games old and it’s being led by the likes of Kyle Garlick, Trevor Larnach, Miguel Sano and Alex Kirilloff.
Tonight, it appeared as if solo homeruns by Garlick and Larnach would be enough for a relentless Matt Shoemaker and a suddenly hot bullpen to close things out. But then the baseball gods sent rain…
When play resumed, Alcala gave up a 2-run homer that surrendered the lead and what appeared to be another winnable game. But not tonight. Instead, the Minnesota bats just refused to lose. Right after giving up the lead in the top of the 8th inning, the Twins answered with six runs of their own in the bottom to regain the lead and put the game away.
It was the opposite of what 2021 Twins baseball has been so far.
Start of a historic turnaround?
I’m not here to get anyone excited and that’s why this blog starts with “don’t look now”. You shouldn’t look at the MLB standings yet. Even after tonight’s victory, the Twins are still 11 games below .500 and 9 games back of 1st place in the AL Central. Is this the start of a historic turnaround?
Probably not… but winning four of five games is much better news than anything else that’s come out of Target Field so far this summer. On top of that, tonight kicked off a stretch of 13 games against the Royals and Orioles, both of whom have struggled of late. If a turnaround is going to happen, it needs to start now.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan