Twins’ Playoff Losing Streak Up to 18 Games

Mandatory Credit: Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10741530p) Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz #23 congratulates Minnesota Twins right fielder Eddie Rosario #20 after a two run homer in the 3rd inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI MLB Twins vs Brewers, Milwaukee, USA - 11 Aug 2020

Minnesota Twins still can’t get it done in the postseason. Despite being favored entering the wild-card series against Houston Astros, the Twins lost two consecutive games and have been eliminated from the postseason

With these two defeats, the Twins have now extended their playoff losing streak to stunning 18 games. This is now the longest winless streak in all of the four major American sports leagues.

Minnesota’s last postseason win came in 2004 during a Divisional Series against New York Yankees.

Things looked good for the Twins early in the Game 1 on Tuesday, as they got a 1-0 lead in the third inning thanks to a double by their designated hitter Nelson Cruz. Both teams were then scoreless until the seventh inning when the Astros pulled level with a single from George Springer.

Houston used the momentum and closed out the game in the ninth inning with three more scores.

“We didn’t give ourselves enough room to work,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli after Game 1. “In a tight situation, anything you’re not going to execute comes back to bite you, and that’s what happened in today’s game.” 

Although they were expected to bounce back in Game 2, the Twins delivered another disappointing performance and bowed out with a 3-1 loss.