April 27 – This Day in Twins History

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2011 – The Tampa Rays beat the Twins 8-2 in Target Field on a cold blustery night in a game that we attended. The temperature at the start of the game was 40 degrees with a stiff 17 MPH northerly wind blowing in from left field. Shortly after the game began, the snow started falling and flurries lasted the entire game making Target Field look like a giant snow globe. The Twins played Christmas carols as the game went along and a fan that came to the game dressed as jolly old St. Nick danced in the stands. It was a weird day at the old ballpark to be sure. I even over-heard some fans saying that the Metrodome wasn’t all that bad……… The Rays jumped on Twins starter Francisco Liriano for 4 runs in the top of the first inning and in essence the game was over but we didn’t know that at the time. First baseman Luke Hughes had 3 hits in 4 at bats but it wasn’t enough. Rays starter Wade Davis took home the win. Box Score

Luke Hughes

2010 – In a very unusual game at Comerica Park, the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 as Francisco Liriano beats Justin Verlander. Each team had 5 hits but the Tigers had 3 errors. What’s unusual about that you ask? It was one of those rare baseball games when neither team scores an earned run. The Twins used two pitchers and the Tigers had four hurlers take the mound. Since 2001 this has occurred to the Twins just three times and two of the three occurrences were against the Detroit Tigers. Box Score

Francisco Liriano

1994 – Scott Erickson, who allowed the most hits in the majors the previous season, pitched Minnesota’s first no-hitter in 27 years and the Twins third no-hitter as the Twins beat Milwaukee 6-0 at the Metrodome. Erickson threw 129 pitches and struck out five Brewers in front of an announced crowd of 17,998 in just 2 hours and 40 minutes. Box Score 

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1980 – The Twins score 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a 20-11 thrashing of the Oakland A’s at Met Stadium. Minnesota starter Geoff Zahn can’t hold the 10-0 lead, allowing 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings, and Doug Corbett picks up the win by pitching the last 4.2 innings. The Twins pounded out 20 hits but the big stick belonged to third baseman John Castino as he went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI and 1 run scored. Box Score

John Castino

Doug Corbett

 

 

 

 

 

1969 – Harmon Killebrew hits his 400th HR but it was Rod Carew‘s 2-run home run in the 7th inning that was the actual game winner and the Twins took over first place in the AL West by beating Chicago 4-3 at White Sox Park. After the Twins batted in the top of the ninth and had a 4-3 lead, an hour and 6 minute rain delay caused the game to be called and the existing rules made the Twins the winners. Dave Boswell was credited with the win by pitching a complete 8 inning game on the road. Box Score

Rod Carew

Dave Boswell

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1965 – The Twins score 7 in the top of the first inning with the crushing blow being a Camilo Pascual grand slam home run off relief pitcher Stan Williams in a 11-1 Twins win over the Indians in Cleveland Stadium. Indians starter Sudden Sam McDowell doesn’t even last one inning.  Camilo pitches a complete game two hitter and strikes out five in the process. Pascual is the first and only Twins pitcher to hit a grand slam home run. Pascual had also hit a grand slam home run as a Washington Senator at Yankee Stadium I on August 14, 1960 in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees. Box Score

Camilo Pascual did it all in this game

1961 – The expansion Los Angeles Angels play their first home game bowing to the Twins at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 4-2 in front of only 11,931 fans. Twins catcher Earl Battey was 2 for 4 with a 3-run homer and a run scored. Twins starter Camilo Pascual pitched 7.1 innings allowing 2 earned runs and pocketed the victory, Angels starter Eli Grba took the defeat.  The 74-year old baseball legend Ty Cobb, in his last-ever visit to a ballpark, throws out the first ceremonial pitch. This was the first American League game to ever be played in Los Angeles. Box Score

Earl Battey

Earl Battey

 

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