Home plate can be hard to find

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!

Juan Berenguer

Juan Berenguer

Rk Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR BF AB
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

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/15/2013.

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.

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One Response to Home plate can be hard to find

  1. Susan Murray says:

    I miss the good ole days of twins baseball with Kirby Puckett and Juan Berenguer.

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