May 10 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on May 10 games is 

 

2011 – Talk about unusual. The Twins were playing the Detroit Tigers at Target Field and the temperature at game time (7:10 PM) was an unseasonably warm 87 degrees. Francisco Liriano was pitching in his first game since he had thrown a no-hitter just one week earlier but Liriano lasted just 3 innings and the Twins were down 4-0 when Liriano left the game due to illness. The area was under a tornado warning due to heavy thunderstorms in the vicinity when the game was delayed in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain and then the hail started and lasted for about 5 minutes, some of the hail was golf ball sized and littered the outfield grass. The game was delayed for 64 minutes while the grounds crew pondered what to do next. They had a tractor pulling a jet blower to try to round up the hail but finally settled on rakes and buckets to get the larger ice chunks off the field. Later in the game Twins rookie Rene Tosoni hit his first major league home run but it was to little too late and the Twins ended up losing 10-2. Players from both teams were seen playfully tossing the hail at each other and some were even trying to hit the hail with their bats. Yes, it was a strange night in a strange season. Box Score

Hail stops the game. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn

Rene Tosoni

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 – In their biggest come from behind victory ever, the Twins storm back from an 8-1 deficit at the Metrodome with six runs in the bottom of the seventh and three more in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Indians 10-9. The Twins are down 9-7 entering the bottom of the ninth inning and Steve Karsay comes in to close out the game for the Indians. He retires Denny Hocking, Matt Lawton doubles and Ron Coomer singles him home and the Twins are down just one run. Butch Huskey is retired for out number two and Midre Cummings steps up and delivers a 2-run homer for the win. Box Score

Matt Lawton

Midre Cummings

 

 

 

 

 

1982 – Gary Ward hits the first Twins Metrodome grand slam off of Boston’s Mike Torrez but it is too little and too late as the Red Sox hold off the Twins 9-5. Twins pitcher Roger Erickson gives up 8 earned runs in less than four innings. Box Score

Gary Ward

1962 – Minnesota’s Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back home runs off Cleveland’s Jim Perry to start the game at Met Stadium tying a ML record. Cleveland comes back to win 9-4 and Twins starter Don Lee picks up the defeat. Box Score

Lenny Green

Vic Power

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – There are only 5,410 people in the stands at the Met when the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-6. It makes the game a bit easier when you can put up a nine spot in the second inning. The Twins scored the 9 runs on 5 hits including home runs by Billy Gardner, Zoilo Versalles and Harmon Killebrew, 5 walks, and an error. The Twins sent O’s starter Dick Hall to the showers in the second inning while Twins pitcher Jack Kralick lasted 8 innings in spite of give up six earned runs. Box Score

Harmon Killebrew

Zoilo Versalles

Billy Gardner

 

 

 

 

 

In off the field action the Los Angeles Dodgers traded first baseman/outfielder Joe Altobelli and pitcher Ed Palmquist to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Ernie Oravetz and cash. 

Joe Altobelli

Ed Palmquist

 

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