Rock solid inning for Twins rookie
Zack Granite bookended the scoring for the Twins in their eight-run eighth-inning rally against the Tigers yesterday. The Twins rookie pinch-ran for Joe Mauer and scored the game-tying run for Minnesota, then he blasted his first major-league homer later in the inning to bring home three runs and put the game out of reach. Only one other player in the last 15 seasons homered in an inning after entering the game earlier in that inning as a pinch-runner. On Sept. 5, 2008, Rajai Davis homered with the bases loaded in the eighth inning for the A’s at Baltimore after pinch running earlier in the frame.
Granite became the first Twin in team history (since 1961) to enter the game as a pinch-runner and homer in that same inning. He is the first player in the majors to do so since April 18, 2001 when Boston’s Darren Lewis did so at Tampa Bay.