June 13 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on June 13 games is 

 

2017 – It was the “Hit Parade”. In a game for the ages at Target Field that lasted just 3 hour and 4 minutes and was witnessed by 17,922 Twins faithful the home town boys pound the Seattle Mariners 20-7. Eddie Rosario hitting in the nine spot today leads the hit parade with 3 home runs and Eduardo Escobar goes 5 for 6. DH Kennys Vargas also had four hits in the game and Max Kepler and Brian Dozier also hit the ball out of the park. Kyle Gibson picked up a win in a game that was not exactly pitcher friendly. The Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits, the Mariners had 14 hits. Box Score

Eddie Rosario

Eduardo Escobar

Kennys Vargas

 

 

 

 

 

2006 – The Twins beat the Red Sox 5-2 in 12 innings on a walk-off grand slam home run by DH Jason Kubel. The game was tied 1-1 after 9 innings and the Red Sox scored one in the top of the 12th to go ahead 2-1 before Kubel hit his grand salami in the bottom of the inning off Sox reliever Julian Tavarez. Tavarez had retired Mauer for the first out but Cuddyer was hit by a pitch, Morneau hit a ground rule double and Hunter was walked intentionally just prior to Kubel’s blast. This game was actually a pitching duel between Johan Santana and Chuck Shilling, both pitchers went 8 innings with Santana striking out 13 and Schilling just five but neither pitcher figured in the final decision. Box Score

Jason Kubel

Johan Santana

 

 

 

 

 

1997 – Friday the 13th. The Twins play their very first inter-league game and beat the Houston Astros 8-1 in the infamous Astrodome. Chuck Knoblauch leads off the game with a single for the Twins getting their first inter-league hit and Brad Radke goes 8 innings for the win. Knoblauch goes 4 for 4 with a double and triple to go with his 2 singles, scores once and knocks in three more. Paul Molitor hits the first inter-league home run for the Twins. Box Score

Brad Radke

Chuck Knoblauch

Paul Molitor

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – The Twins had a comfortable 5-1 lead against the Tigers and Denny McLain at the Met after 5 innings with ace Dean Chance on the mound when all hell broke loose. The Detroit Tigers exploded for 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning off four Twins pitchers and took an 11-5 lead. The Tigers had 8 hits, 3 walks, a wild pitch, a passed ball and 2 Twins errors during their big inning. The Twins bats responded with 5 runs of their own but it was not enough and the Tigers added on a few more runs for a 15-10 come from behind victory. Twins relief pitching with the exception of Jim Roland was just awful.  Twins lead-off hitter Cesar Tovar went 3 for 6 with one RBI and scored twice. This was the first time that any team had scored double-digit runs against the Twins in a single inning. Box Score

Cesar Tovar

 

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