The Twins have dropped 17 consecutive postseason games, giving them the longest playoff losing streak in major North American sports history. The one happened because of failures in all aspects of the game.
The Astros' Framber Valdez pitched five shutout innings, giving up only two hits in his postseason debut. He's the first reliever to pitch five shutout innings since Madison Bumgarner did it for the Giants in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
Jettisoning Donaldson from the 28-man roster meant Marwin Gonzalez would play third base against the Astros, and the Twins added the pinch-hit bat Baldelli craved by promoting 2016 first-round pick Alex Kirilloff from their taxi squad.