Skip to main content

Twins playoff winless streak reaches 5,477 days

The curse continues.

The Twins' curse against the Yankees continued with a 10-4 loss in Game 1 of the ALDS. 

Minnesota's loss gives the Twins 14 consecutive playoff losses. which is now an MLB record. The last time the Twins won a playoff game was on Oct. 4, 2004 – coincidentally against the Yankees.

Despite scoring the game's first run, the Twins' pitching continued to let the Yankees back in time and time again.

Jorge Polanco roped with a solo blast in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. But after Nelson Cruz walked, Miguel Sano struck out to end the inning.

Things got dicey in the bottom half after Aaron Judge worked a walk and Edwin Encarnacion ripped a double, but Sano made an impressive play to throw out Giancarlo Stanton's slow grounder down the line to end the threat.

The Bomba Squad continued to try and distance itself as Cruz hit a home run to put the Twins up 2-0 in the third.

Unfortunately, Luis Arraez had a rough time in hist first game since rolling his ankle to end the regular season. Arraez couldn't track down a pop fly to lead off the third inning that was the first of a couple of gaffes in the inning. 

Encarnocion smoked another double down the line to make a 2-1 lead, and the Yankees scored two more to go up 3-2 after C.J. Cron couldn't handle a low throw on a potential inning-ending double play on a ground ball by Gleybor Torres. 

Jose Berrios would face the minimum in the fourth but was pulled before the fifth. All in all, Berrios threw 88 pitches through four innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, three walks with six strikeouts.

Arraez made up for his blunder with a one-out double in the top of the fifth and Polanco was able to drive him in to tie the game with a two-out RBI Single. Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton was then pulled, lasting 4.2 innings, allowing three earned runs, six base runners and striking out eight.

Zack Littell relieved Berrios out of the 'pen to begin the fifth and allowed a leadoff walk to Judge, then hit Brett Gardner with a pitch to put the Twins in a massive jam with nobody out. 

Rocco Baldelli had seen enough and pulled Littell for Tyler Duffey. Duffey struck out Encarnacion but walked Stanton to load the bases, and Torres connected on a two-run double to give New York a 5-3 lead.

Sano was able to cut the deficit to one run with a solo homer into the first or second row in right field in the sixth, but that's all the Twins would get. 

Cody Stashek relieved Duffey in the sixth but gave up home runs to D.J> LeMahieu and Gardner, with Gardner's dinger driving in a pair of runs to put the Yankees up 7-4 heading to the seventh inning. 

Kyle Gibson was then asked to pitch the seventh, and the veteran righty's struggles continued as he served up three more runs. Just 19 of Gibson's 34 pitches were strikes. 

With the loss the Yankees take a 1-0 lead in the best of five series. Game 2 will be played on Saturday at 4 p.m. Central Time, or precisely 5,477 days since the Twins' last playoff victory. 

Next Up


Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.


Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!


Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.


MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes to play U.S. Bank Stadium in 2023

The Strokes will provide support along with King Princess.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

Settlement reached between MOA, family of boy thrown from balcony

The boy suffered multiple injuries that required several surgeries.

Pixabay - police crime tape do not cross stock

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island

The Renville County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Willians Astudillo, Nelson Cruz

Start times for Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS are set

Playoff baseball starts on Friday for the Twins.

Mitch Garver

Garver and Berrios lead Twins to a win over Chicago

Berrios was solid again pitching into the eighth inning.

Kyle Gibson

Twins fall to Nationals, division lead down to 3.5 games

Minnesota opens a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday.

Jose Berrios

Berrios bounces back in series-opening win over the Nationals

The starting pitcher was dialed in from the start.

Jose Berrios

How do Twins stack up in possible playoff pitching matchups?

Let's debunk one of the worst cliches in baseball.

Luis Severino

Bomba squad fires blanks as Twins get swept by Yanks

The Twins haven't won a playoff game since Oct. 6, 2004.