This Day in Twins History – May 27


SS Zoilo Versalles played for the Senators/Twins from 1959-1967

5/27/1961 – Shortstop Zoilo Versalles becomes the first Twin to get 5 hits in a game when he hits 2 doubles and 3 singles against the Washington Senators on the road but the Twins come up on the short-end of a 14-4 game.

5/27/64 – In the first game of a doubleheader at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels, Twins centerfielder Jimmie Hall is beaned by Angel lefty Bo Belinsky as Hall leads off the top of the fifth inning. The Twins end up losing the game 4-1 but come back to win the second game 4-3. Hall ends up with a concussion and tries to come back on May 31st as a pinch-hitter but ends up striking out. Hall sits out several more games and gets back in the line-up on June 4th. Hall hit 33 home runs as a rookie in 1963 but is never really the same player after this beaning.

5/27/83 – Twins reliever Rick Lysander becomes the first Twins pitcher to lose both games of a double header at the Tigers beat the Twins 7-4 and 2-1 at Tiger Stadium. Box scores Game 1 and Game 2.

5/27/2010 – Jason Kubel became the first Twins player with a two-homer game at Target Field in the Twins 8-2 win over the Yankees. Kubel hit a solo homer in the sixth, a three-run shot in the seventh and had an RBI double for the Twins, who had gone eight games and 349 plate appearances without a home run before the lefty broke the skid.

5/27/2011 – Twins starter Scott Baker threw seven scoreless innings and left with a 5-0 lead at Target Field, but the Los Angeles Angels scored five in the eighth and one in the ninth against the bullpen and defeated the Twins, 6-5. Baker became the first major-league starter in 13 years to fashion a scoreless outing of at least seven innings and leave with a lead of at least five runs, only to see his team lose. As badly as things have gone for the Twins this season, who are now 16-33 and 14.5 games out of first, the loss set a new low. It was the only the second time since the team came to Minnesota in 1961 – and the first time in nearly 40 years – that the Twins have lost a game in which they led by five-or-more runs going into the eighth inning. Since their only previous such loss – 11-9 to the Yankees on July 30, 1971 – the Twins had gone 755-0 in games in which they took a lead of five-or-more runs into the eighth inning! That was the longest winning streak in major league history in games of that type.

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One Response to This Day in Twins History – May 27

  1. Mariam says:

    That last fact is fascinating. Who knew?

    I grew up in New Jersey as a long-distance Twins fan, so for the record, I want to say I remember watching the 11 to 9 loss to the Yankees on TV in 1971. I don’t remember the score in the eighth, but we had a 9 to 1 lead earlier in the game.

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