April 28 – This Day in Twins History

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2010 – Rookie Luke Hughes hit a home run in his first major league at bat and in the process became the fifth Minnesota Twin to accomplish this feat. Hughes hit his home run to right field off Detroit Tiger starter Max Scherzer in Comerica Park on a 2-2 count as he lead off the third inning. Actually Hughes was batting in the second inning when Delmon Young was caught stealing third base for the final out of the second inning so that at bat did not count. Hughes, who was born in Perth, Australia, is the eighth Aussie to hit a homer in the major leagues and the first to do so in his first at-bat in the bigs. Unfortunately for Hughes and the Twins, they lost the game to the Tigers by an 11-6 score. Box Score

Luke Hughes

 

1988 – The hapless Baltimore Orioles set an American League record with their 21st consecutive loss, a 4-2 loss to the Twins at the Metrodome breaking the record shared by the 1906 Red Sox and the 1916 and 1943 A’s. The O’s broke their long losing streak the next day by beating the White Sox. Kent Hrbek who was DHing on this day leads the Twins hitters going 3 for 3 with a home run and a double and Twins starter Allan Anderson gets the win. Right fielder Randy Bush had an interesting day at the plate, in his first at bat he was hit with a pitch, next time up he was walked intentionally and stole second base, in his third plate appearance he walked and eventually scored, and in his final plate appearance he was hit by a pitch again and taken out of the game. Box Score

Kent Hrbek

Randy Bush

 

 

 

 

 

1985 – Mickey Hatcher goes 4-for-5 as the Twins post their 8th consecutive win, 10-1 over Oakland at the Metrodome. Prior to this winning streak the Twins had lost 9 games in a row. Hatcher was 5-for-5 the day before, giving him a club record 9 consecutive hits. Mike Smithson gets the complete game win allowing seven hits. Both Kent Hrbek and Mark Salas had triples for the Twins, that was worth the price of admission right there. Box Score

Mickey Hatcher

Mike Smithson

 

 

 

 

 

1980 – Outfielder Bombo Rivera suffers a fractured kneecap. In the second inning at Metropolitan Stadium, he chased a fly ball hit by Seattle Mariners DH Willie Horton and slammed into the right-field foul pole. He had to be carried from the field and wound up missing 2½ months. The Twins rally from a 6-0 deficit and score one in the sixth and three more in the seventh but they can’t score any more and lose 6-4. Ken Landreaux hit a 2-run home run but no Twins batter had more than one hit. Box Score

Ken Landreaux

Bombo Rivera

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – The Twins and the Angels are tied 4-4 after 9 innings at Wrigley Field. The Twins score an unearned run in the top of the 12th and take a 5-4 lead. Twins skipper Cookie Lavagetto pulls starter Pedro Ramos who has pitched the first 11 innings striking out ten and brings in reliever Shorty Pleis to close out the victory. Pleis gets the first out but then gives up a game tying home run to Ken Hamlin, it was the only home run that Hamlin would hit all year. The next two hitters get singles but Pleis retires Leon Wagner for the second out. The Twins decide to intentionally walk Ted Kluszewski to load the bases. So what happens next? Shorty Pleis hits Ken Hunt and the Angels have a walk-off hit-by-pitcher win. Yikes!! It was the thirteen game the new formed Minnesota Twins had ever played and it turns out to be their first ever walk-off loss. Box Score

Pedro Ramos

Bill Pleis

 

 

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