Twins lose to Reds 5-3, but repeat as AL Central Division champions and will face Houston
September 28, 2020
The Twins' season ended Sunday with a minor loss on the field, and a potentially critical victory in the standings.
Minnesota claimed its second consecutive AL Central championship despite a 5-3 loss to the Reds, a game decided when the Reds strung together three singles and two walks against Twins righthanders Sergio Romo and Jorge Alcala in the 10th inning. Chicago closed its season with a 10-8 loss to the Cubs, missing its chance to tie the Twins for the division title and claim the higher seed..
A bullpen blowup in their home park is not how Rocco Baldelli and his players wanted to close this bizarre season. But in terms of the postseason, it was the best-case scenario, because by losing, the Twins avoided a first-round matchup with the White Sox, whose powerful lineup and a starters Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel make them a dangerous opponent.