By Brandon Spratt
October brings bright and vibrant fall colors, earlier sunsets and cooler nights. On Tuesday night, it brought the first Minnesota Twins playoff game since 2010.
“It was a disappointing loss in a surprisingly good season,” SJU sophomore Will Dierberger said.
The Twins lost to the New York Yankees 8-4 in the sudden death American League Wild Card Game. The loss ended the Twins season in which they
became the first team in Major League Baseball history to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season the year before. It was the 13th straight playoff loss by the Twins which ties an MLB record.
The game started positively for the Twins as they took a 3-0 lead in the first inning via home runs from Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario.
Cheers could be heard reverberating throughout Bernard Hall during the exciting start.
“I was really excited,” Dierberger said as he’s interrupted. “Revved up.” SJU sophomore Matt Captain said.
The excitement quickly faded as the Yankees tied the game in their half of the first inning.
As Yankees rookie superstar Aaron Judge lined a home run over the left field wall in the fifth inning, hopes began to fade. The air was quickly sucked out of the room.
“Ah, these are the Twins I know,” SJU sophomore Paul Franta said.
The Twins were unable to mount a comeback against a dominant Yankees bullpen.
The nearly four-hour game ended just before 11 p.m., and with it, many Johnnies prepared for a late night of studying.
Since 2002 the Twins are 33-91 against the Yankees, including 2-13 in the playoffs. The Twins have been eliminated in the playoffs by the Yankees five times since 2004.
“The heartbreak of Minnesota is evident in every playoff game we’ve ever played,” Captain said.
There is hope for improvement in 2018 as the Twins boasted the American League’s youngest lineup in 2017. Pitching, however, was an area of concern all season.
“Consistent pitching is what we need,” Dierberger said.
With the Twins season ending, Minnesota sports fans can now turn to the Vikings and Wild for entertainment. If only one of these teams could end the playoff misery for Minnesotans.