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Red Sox 9, Twins 2: Nothing lasts forever

All those times we had together, we should have known that nothing lasts forever…

As a budding baseball fan in the 1990s, I practically wore out my dad’s 1991 Minnesota Twins VHS cassette. I looked at the part about that season’s fifteen-game winning streak and thought, “Wow, what that must have been like to experience!”

Over the past two weeks, the 2024 Twins gave current fans a very close approximation of the half-month perfecto from ’91. Unfortunately, the Boston Red Sox were too much to overcome on this day and the winning streak will go down as an even dozen.

Today, Ryan Jeffers brought out the sausage early with a solo home run off Sox starter Cooper Criswell to open the scoring in the third inning.

Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Eggs, bacon, grits – SAUSAGE!
Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

Joe Ryan (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 1 BB) gave the hometown nine a quality start under the cloudless afternoon sky — the biggest blemish being a two-run bomb from Ceddanne Rafaela.

Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Quality Joep
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The biggest reason for Boston’s 3-1 lead after seven innings of play: Too many cRISPy LOBsters in the bottom half of the innings:

  • 2nd inning: Twins load the bases with no outs – nothing contacts the irregular pentagon.
  • 5th inning: Carlos Santana hits a leadoff double – doesn’t come out of the second bag.
  • 6th inning: Consecutive walks to Max Kepler and Carlos Correa start a rally, which just as quickly turns into another goose egg.

Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Today nothing but the field players with ducks on the pond
Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

All told, the Twins were a woeful 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, putting enormous pressure on a strapped bullpen as soon as Ryan got in the shower. Predictably, strapped turned to sapped in the late innings, as BoSox bats Kody Funderburk and Jay Jackson attacked to make it a laughing matter. Although Kenley Jansen didn’t add to his 5th-best ranking on the all-time saves list, he completed it for the Crimson Hose.

Your final: Boston Red Sox 9, Minnesota Twins 2.

Studs

  • A twelve-game winning streak for the Minnesota Twins! Whether it was perpetuated by packaged meat, dog access, Hello Kitty ads, or – you know – solid team baseball, it was an extraordinary ride that completely changed the complexion of the start of 2024. I ended the streak with my presence (games 1 and 12).

Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

The latest snapshot of 12 straight wins
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

Duds

  • Manuel Margot: Continued to struggle mightily at the plate, losing a ball in the left field sun that broke it open.

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