Some days home plate seems the size of a postage stamp to Twins pitchers and here are some of those days. The most walks a Twins pitcher has issued in one game stands at nine and five Twins pitchers have met that fate. The last time it happened was back in 1987, I can just see TK and pitching coach Dick Such in the dugout now. Maybe that is when the Twins implemented their pitch to contact plan. What I think is odd is that in four of the five instances the Twins ended up winning the game. The only time it happened in a home game was Jim Hughes effort in 1975 at the Met. One of the games, the Jim Roland effort was a shutout. Baseball is a strange game!
|1||Juan Berenguer||1987-06-02||BOS||L 5-6||GS-4||3.2||3||4||4||9||5||0||24||14|
|2||Jim Hughes||1975-07-19||NYY||W 2-1||GS-9 ,W||8.2||4||1||1||9||6||0||41||30|
|3||Tom Hall||1970-09-23||OAK||W 7-4||GS-8 ,W||7.2||2||4||4||9||9||2||34||25|
|4||Luis Tiant||1970-05-05||DET||W 8-5||GS-6 ,W||5.2||2||2||2||9||4||1||28||19|
|5||Jim Roland||1963-04-21 (1)||CHW||W 7-0||SHO9 ,W||9.0||3||0||0||9||7||0||38||29|
On the other hand, the Twins record for most consecutive games without issuing a free pass belongs to Joe Nathan who did not issue a base on balls for 27 consecutive games (25.1 innings) between 9/2/2004 – 5/7/2005. The record holders for this feat within a single season belongs to Casey Fien who went 20 games (18.2 innings) without a walk from May 28th through July 13th earlier this season and Rick Aguilera who went 20 games (19 innings) from 4/25/1994 – 6/24/1994. The major league record holder in this category is Dennis Eckersley who went 41 games and 50 innings without a free pass from 8/17/1989 – 6/10/1990.