Twins avert record home skid
MINNEAPOLIS—Staring down the wrong end of history, the Minnesota Twins much rather would have seen a pitcher other than Jered Weaver, who no-hit them in 2012 and dominated them most recently on July 24.
Yet the Twins did just enough against their nemesis to beat the L.A. Angels 6-3 last night—ending a 10-game home losing streak and avoiding the worst such skid since the franchise started in Washington in 1901.
“The people that showed up here were rooting pretty hard and our guys were playing pretty hard, too,” he noted.
Only 21,826 officially were registered as paying customers—the smallest crowd since Target Field opened for the 2010 season.
Fewer than that actually showed up on a hot, humid night, but they saw Trevor Plouffe go 2-for-3 and drive in the tying and go-ahead runs while rookie Josmil Pinto hit three doubles.
Casey Fien (4-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh for the victory.
Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.
On the way to a third-straight 90-loss season, the Twins weren’t eager to set another futility record.
They already have broken the team’s season record for strikeouts (1,222 and counting), so avoiding a 114-year record for a home losing streak has to be a relief.
“I knew we hadn’t been playing well and it’s a concern for us, obviously,” Plouffe said.
“We want to win as many games as possible, even if we’re out of [playoff contention].
“It’s just who we are as a team; we’re not just going to lie down,” he stressed.