April 22 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on April 22 games is 


Mike Pelfrey Credit: (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

2015 – All the scoring in the top of the first – the Twins scored three runs in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium and that was the extent of the scoring in their 3-0 victory over the Royals. The Twins out hit the Royals 10 to 6 and Mike Pelfrey pitched 7 shutout innings for the win. It was the first major-league game this season in which neither team scored after the top of the first inning–there were five last year–and it was the Twins’ first win in a game of that kind since July 1994, when an RBI ground out by Kirby Puckett in the opening frame held up in a 1-0 decision over the Rangers in Arlington. Box Score

1988 – The Indians jump on the Twins for six runs before the Twins even bat and hold on for a 11-6 win in the Metrodome. It obviously was not one of Bert Blylevens best games as he gave up 9 hits including a grand slam home run to Cory Snyder and 7 earned runs in 4.2 innings. He didn’t walk a batter but hit four Indian batters, Julio Franco, Ron Kittle, Brook Jacoby and Andy Allanson. Later in the game Joe Carter also hits a grand slam home run off Keith Atherton. Gene Larkin who was the DH on this day had a home run and a double and knocked in 3 runs but it was not enough. This is the second time in Twins history that they have given up two bases loaded home runs in the same game. Box Score

Bert Blyleven

Gene Larkin






After the game, in a real stunner, the Cardinals trade veteran second baseman Tom Herr to the Twins for outfielder Tom Brunansky. This will go down in Twins lore as one of the Twins worst ever trades. 

Tom Brunansky

Tommy Herr






1980 – After opening the 1980 season with 12 road games and a 5-7 record the Twins play their home opener in front of 36,268 fans and a game time temperature of 89 degrees. Twins pitcher Geoff Zahn gets a complete game 8-1 win as Hosken Powell, Ron Jackson and Roy Smalley hit home runs. Box Score

Geoff Zahn

Hosken Powell






1961 – The Washington Senators and the Twins are tied 4-4 after 9 innings at Met Stadium. The Twins hold the Senators scoreless in the top of the tenth and in the bottom of the inning the Twins load the bases with one out and Zoilo Versalles hits a Sac fly to center off Senators pitcher Dave Sisler to score Earl Battey and the Twins have their first ever walk-off win. Don Mincher hits the games only home run and Twins reliever Bill Pleis ups his record to 2-0. Box Score

Don Mincher (courtesy of the Minnesota Twins)

Zoilo Versalles






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