MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Twins this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.
Sept. 22: Twins 5, Cubs 4 -- Ryan's strikeout success
In just five innings, Joe Ryan was as sharp as ever. With a career-high 11 strikeouts, Ryan became the first pitcher in Twins and Senators history to fan 11 or more batters in five or fewer innings. Ryan also set a Twins rookie record for most consecutive strikeouts (seven) since the franchise moved to Minnesota.
Sept. 21: Twins 9, Cubs 5 -- Jax's sporadic night
Griffin Jax hit three batters and struck out six through three innings, marking the seventh time in Twins history in which a pitcher has recorded such an outing, and the first since Bert Blyleven on Sept. 28, 1988.
Sept. 19: Blue Jays 5, Twins 3 -- Here comes the next wave
With Ben Rortvedt's seventh-inning blast off former teammate José Berríos, five Twins rookies (Rortvedt, Ryan Jeffers, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach and Brent Rooker) have hit three or more homers this season, tied for second-most in club history with the 2013 team (Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello, Chris Herrmann, Aaron Hicks and Josmil Pinto). The 1982 Twins hold the record with nine such rookies.
Sept. 18: Blue Jays 6, Twins 2 -- Rogers Centre streak snapped
Before this loss to the Blue Jays, the Twins had won their last eight games played at Rogers Centre, tied for the fourth-longest winning streak at any opponent's ballpark in club history. That stretch, dating back to Aug. 27, 2017, fell three shy of Minnesota's 11-game winning streak at Comerica Park from July 2002 to Aug. 2003, which still stands as the club record.
Sept. 17: Twins 7, Blue Jays 3 -- Back-to-back-to-back blasts
The Twins stormed ahead of the Blue Jays in the third inning by opening the frame with five consecutive hits, including three straight home runs from Jorge Polanco, Josh Donaldson and Miguel Sanó. It marked the first time the Twins hit three homers in a row since April 26, 2019, when Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron all took the Orioles' Alex Cobb deep. It's also the third time the Twins have hit three homers in an inning against Toronto, with the last coming in 1986.
Sept. 15: Indians 12, Twins 3 -- Sanó launches one
The Twins' offense had no answer for Cleveland's pitching staff outside of a three-run blast by Miguel Sanó that traveled a Statcast-projected 420 feet in the seventh inning, marking his team-leading 12th homer to be launched at least that far this season. The most such homers he's hit in a year is 13, as part of Minnesota's 2019 "Bomba Squad."
Sept. 14: Indians 3, Twins 1 (7); Twins 6, Indians 3 (7) -- Ryan makes history
Before rookie right-hander Joe Ryan exited the first game of the doubleheader with a right wrist contusion sustained upon being hit by a comebacker, he became the ninth pitcher in AL/NL history to pitch at least five innings and allow no more than three hits in each of his first three career games. The last pitcher to accomplish that feat was Tanner Houck of the Red Sox, last September.
Sept. 13: Yankees 6, Twins 5 (10 innings) -- Extras galore
The Twins' 10-inning loss in the Bronx marked their 23rd extra-inning game of 2021, matching the franchise record for a season. The 2005 Twins, 1918 Senators and 1916 Senators also played 23 extras contests.
Sept. 12: Royals 5, Twins 3 -- Ober's control stays sharp
With six strikeouts and no walks in 4 1/3 innings, right-hander Bailey Ober has 87 strikeouts and 17 walks this season, giving him a 5.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio that ranks first among rookie seasons in Twins history (minimum 80 innings). It's the 10th-best mark among all rookie seasons in AL/NL history on a leaderboard topped by Masahiro Tanaka, who had a 6.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio (141 strikeouts, 21 walks) in his rookie campaign in 2014.
Sept. 11: Twins 9, Royals 2 -- Polanco tops among switch-hitters
With his first-inning solo blast and two-run shot in the fifth inning off Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer, Jorge Polanco has now hit 29 homers in 2021, matching Chili Davis' club record for most in a season by a switch-hitter, set in 1991. Polanco has the second-most homers among switch-hitters this season, trailing only the 33 by José Ramírez.
Sept. 10: Royals 6, Twins 4 (11 innings) -- Donaldson drives one
The Twins' biggest blast of the day came off the bat of Byron Buxton in the first inning and traveled a Statcast-projected 457 feet to center field, but Josh Donaldson also set a personal record with his homer three batters later, when he crushed a go-ahead, three-run homer a projected 423 feet to left. That shot left his bat at 113.6 mph, his hardest-hit homer of the Statcast era (since 2015).
Sept. 9: Indians 4, Twins 1 -- Season series secured
Despite the Twins' loss and the three remaining games between Minnesota and Cleveland this season, the Twins secured the victory in the season series as they leave Progressive Field with a 10-6 record against their division rivals in 2021, securing their first consecutive winning seasons against Cleveland since they did so three years in a row from 2008-10.
Sept. 8: Twins 3, Indians 0 -- Not your average Joe
Joe Ryan flirted with history as he pitched to his first career win by retiring the first 19 Cleveland hitters he faced, allowing just one hit -- a single -- in seven scoreless frames to helm a shutout at Progressive Field. He's the first pitcher in AL history to throw at least seven shutout innings while allowing no more than one baserunner among his first two career starts, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first Twins pitcher to retire the first 19 hitters of a start since Francisco Liriano, on June 12, 2011.
Sept. 7: Twins 3, Indians 0 -- Colomé works overtime
The Twins have leaned heavily on Alex Colomé since they remade their bullpen due to injuries and the July 30 Trade Deadline, and the veteran right-hander completed Minnesota's shutout as he pitched for a fourth straight day. That marked his first time pitching that many days in a row since June 3-6, 2016, with the Rays, and the first time the Twins have used a pitcher on four consecutive days since Rocco Baldelli took over as manager in 2019.
Sept. 6: Twins 5, Indians 2 -- Polanco's well-rounded game
When Jorge Polanco doubled three times and homered for a career-high four extra-base hits, he became the eighth player in Twins history with a season of at least 27 homers, 32 doubles and 10 stolen bases -- and only the third to have such a season in the Majors this year, joining Marcus Semien of the Blue Jays and Bryce Harper of the Phillies.
Sept. 5: Twins 6, Rays 5 -- Arraez to the occasion
Luis Arraez drove in a pair with his second-inning single and added knocks in the fourth and eighth innings, accounting for his 21st three-hit game since he made his debut in 2019. Only Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz have more three-hit games as Twins in that time, with 28 apiece.
Sept. 4: Rays 11, Twins 4 -- Sanó goes way deep
Before Miguel Sanó exited with a left shoulder contusion in the fourth inning, he crushed a homer to straightaway center field that traveled a Statcast-estimated 444 feet, marking his 24th blast of at least 440 feet in the Statcast era (since 2015). That ranks him eighth among all hitters in such homers in that span, behind Giancarlo Stanton, Nelson Cruz, Joey Gallo, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Trevor Story and Carlos González.
Sept. 3: Rays 5, Twins 3 -- Polanco second among switch-hitters
Jorge Polanco crushed a first-inning solo homer off Rays right-hander Michael Wacha, extending his career-high homer total this season to 25. He now holds sole possession of second place for single-season homers among switch-hitters in Twins history, trailing only Chili Davis' 29 blasts in 1991.
Sept. 1: Cubs 3, Twins 0 -- Ryan rings 'em up
No. 6 Twins prospect Joe Ryan made his Major League debut with five strikeouts in five innings of three-run ball, including 14 swinging strikes, the most by any Twins pitcher making his big league debut since Statcast began tracking in 2015.