Heading into today, AL Central Champions Minnesota Twins looked to finally snap an historic skid. They had their ace Kenta Maeda on the mound looking great, Nelson Cruz got them on the board, the Astros are under .500 on the year. Everything was right….until it was wrong.
In the top of 9th, Jose Altuve drew a two out, full count walk w ith the bases loaded off of Sergio Romo, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead. This was allowed after a Jorge Polanco error cost the Twins the third out, which would have ended the inning and keeping the score tied.
The Twins brought Caleb Thielbar in and he immediately gave up a two run single to Michael Brantley, making it 4-1 in the top of the ninth. The Astros held them off to take game one.
Following a 2019 where the Bomba Squad broke the MLB single season homerun record, they were swept by the New York Yankees. The last time that the Twins won a postseason ball game was against the Yankees in 2004. The winning pitcher was Johan Santana, who won his first AL Cy Young that season. Since then, the other losses include three loses to Oakland (2006 ALDS), and thirteen losses to the Yankees (3 in the 2004 ALDS, 2009 and 2010 ALDS, 2017 Wildcard Game and 2019 ALDS). If the Twins do not snap this streak in their next game, they will be eliminated.
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