Twins walk-off woes continue with second straight to Cleveland

Minnesota leads the Majors with 12 walk-off losses

The WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee
August 09, 2018 - 10:45 am
Paul Molitor in Cleveland

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The Twins, who desperately need wins over Cleveland to have any hope of getting back in the playoff picture, leave Progressive Field with one win a three-game series, but the final two losses came from walk-offs.  With a Major-League leading 12 walk-off losses this season, that’s just three short of the franchise record of 15 walk-off losses in 1964. Twins skipper Paul Molitor lamented the Twins' late inning struggles after the game.

“It’s tough. There’ve come in a lot of different fashions. I know probably at least half have been home runs but there’s been other things that have caused us to walk-off with a loss. It’s just kind of the nature of the game on the road when you’re playing as many close game as we seem to. There just hasn’t been a lot of separation in a lot of these games and it comes down to the last couple innings and you find yourself in that predicament. It’s been part of the storyline of the season when that happens to you 11 times here with 50 games to go.”

Molitor joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Radio Morning News Thursday and continued his comments about the Twins walk-off woes.

“To state the obvious you’d rather be on the other side of those…It’s just amazing that there’s been so many games that we’ve played fairly competitive in and then you find yourself walking off at the end of the game. You can’t really explain it. It’s a combination of things that lead to those type of outcomes. It’s been a little bit of a character tester for us to find a way to keep playing even after we’ve suffered so many difficult losses like that.”

Most Twins faithful have abandoned any thought of a postseason appearance for the team and the string of walk-off losses are a major factor for the Twins less-than-ideal record. 

Check out the full interview with Paul Molitor including his comments on the return of Miguel Sano.