June 3 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on June 3 games is 

 

Max Kepler

2017 – Albert Pujols hit his 600th major-league home run in the Angels’ 7-2 win over the Twins, a long grand slam off Ervin Santana at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The only player in major-league history who hit a “100th” home run of 400-or-higher that was a grand slam was Carlos Delgado, whose 400th home run was a grand slam, for the Mets at home off Jeff Weaver of the Cardinals on August 22, 2006. Pujols is the ninth player to join the 600 home run club, and he had 1,223 extra-base hits leading up to his 600th homer. That’s the second-most for a player at the time of his 600th homer, behind Hank Aaron (1,233). Twins outfielder Max Kepler hit a home run in the first inning to put the Twins up 1-0 but the Angels bounced back with three runs in the third inning and Pujols grand slam in the fourth inning put the game out of reach. Kepler was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. Box Score

Albert Pujols hits HR number 600 off the Twins Ervin Santana with Chris Gimenez catching.

 

2010 – The Seattle Mariners and pitcher Felix Hernandez beat the Twins 4-1 at Safeco Field. The Twins jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning but Seattle got to Carl Pavano for four runs in the third inning aided by a Jose Lopez 3-run home run and that was the ballgame. In the eighth inning, Hernandez struck out 4 Twins batters. After Denard Span and Matt Tolbert went down swinging on strikes, Joe Mauer struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, that allowed King Felix as he is often called to face another batter and he proceeded to blow a fastball clocked at 95 MPH by Justin Morneau for strike three. Hernandez went 8 innings and struck out nine for the win. Box Score

Felix Hernandez

1968 – The Twins are leading the Yankees on the road by a 4-3 score in the top of the eighth inning with no one out. Bob Allison is on first base, Jackie Hernandez is on second base and Tony Oliva is on third base. Johnny Roseboro is the batter with a 0-0 count. He hits a pop fly fielded by the Yankee pitcher, Dooley Womack (OUT 1), the pitcher then throws to the third baseman (Bobby Cox) doubling the runner caught off third, Tony Oliva (OUT 2) the third baseman pegs the ball across the diamond to the first baseman (Mickey Mantle) who puts out the runner caught off first, Bob Allison (OUT 3). A triple play but the Twins hold on for a 4-3 victory. This is the first triple play that a Twins batter ever hit into. Rich Rollins hit the games only home run in the seventh to tie the score at 3-3. The winning run scored on a Tom Tresh error in the eighth inning, the third Yankee error of the game. Ron Perranoski who relieved starter Jim Kaat and pitched the final 3.1 hitless inning got the win.  Box Score

John Roseboro

Rich Rollins

Ron Perranoski

 

 

 

 

 

1967 – The Minnesota Twins beat the California Angels 8-6 but the big story of the game is a home run hit by Killebrew, his 11th of the season.  Harmon Killebrew hit the longest home run ever hit by a Twin, estimated at 522 feet. The Killer crushed this 3-run blast against Lew Burdette of the Angels. The ball landed in the sixth row of the upper deck at Metropolitan Stadium and Killebrew becomes the first player to hit a ball into the second deck of the left field pavilion. The ball cracked the seat, which was later painted orange to commemorate the event and the seat eventually found its way to the Hall of Fame. Dave Boswell pitched 5 innings to get the win. Box Score

Lew Burdette

Killebrew home run off Lew Burdette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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