Well folks, it’s over. The spectacular Twins season ended October 9 when they lost to the Yankees in game three of the ALDS. Last off-season, the Twins brought in veteran players they hoped would help them win a World Series. But this year that wasn’t the case.
The Twins came into the ALDS with the second best record in the American League with a record of 94-68. At some points this season, the Twins seemed like they couldn’t lose. Joe Mauer had another great season. Jim Thome surpassed Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, and Mark McGwire to finish the season eighth on the all-time home run list with 589 dingers. The Twins had the best second half record in the league. They had an amazing streak heading out of the All-Star Break. Between July 15 and August 11, the Twins went 18 and 6. They also had unbelievable hitting during that span. The Twins clinched the AL Central on September 21. They looked like they would have a spectacular run in the post-season. After they clinched, however, the Twins won only three games out of eleven the remainder of the season. The Twins pitching staff struggled and the batters couldn’t hit. Unfortunately, this continued in the post-season.
In game one of the ALDS on October 6 at Target Field, the Twins jumped out to an early lead thanks to Michael Cuddyer’s second inning two-run home run. The Twins were winning three to zero heading into the 6th inning. During the 6th inning, Francisco Liriano struggled, giving up four runs. When the Twins came up in the 6th, they tied the score with a bases loaded walk. Like always with the Yankees, Mark Teixeira hit the game-winning home run down the right field line in the 7th inning. The Twins took the heart-breaking loss in game one.
The Twins got out to another lead in game two on October 7. They scored on Danny Valencia’s second-inning sacrifice fly. But the Twins pitching struggled and their hitting crumbled again. The Twins gave up too many runs with poor hitting the rest of the series. The Twins lost game two by a score of 5 to 2 at Target Field. In the last game of the series on October 9 at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees hammered the Twins by a score of 6 to 1. Brian Duensing struggled giving up 5 runs in 4 innings.
The Twins couldn’t get any hits during the series. Mauer was unproductive and Thome got one hit. Delmon Young was the Twins best hitter in the series, but he was just four for twelve.
The Twins just can’t win in the post-season. They have lost 9 straight home play-off games since 2002. So we will wait and see what kind of transactions the Twins will make during this off-season.
Written by: Michael L. Sack