May 27 – This Day in Twins History

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2011 – Twins shortstop Alexi Casilla had a nice day at the plate against the team that originally signed him when he went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple, scores twice, walks once an knocks in one and steals a base to boot. Twins starter Scott Baker threw seven scoreless innings and left with a 5-0 lead at Target Field, but the Los Angeles Angels scored five in the eighth and one in the ninth against the bullpen and defeated the Twins, 6-5.  Alex Burnett, Dusty Hughes and Jim Hoey had a bad day in relief of Baker. Baker became the first major-league starter in 13 years to fashion a scoreless outing of at least seven innings and leave with a lead of at least five runs, only to see his team lose. As badly as things have gone for the Twins this season, who are now 16-33 and 14.5 games out of first, the loss set a new low. It was the only the second time since the team came to Minnesota in 1961 – and the first time in nearly 40 years – that the Twins have lost a game in which they led by five-or-more runs going into the eighth inning. Since their only previous such loss – 11-9 to the Yankees on July 30, 1971 – the Twins had gone 755-0 in games in which they took a lead of five-or-more runs into the eighth inning! That was the longest winning streak in major league history in games of that type. Box Score

Scott Baker

Alexi Casilla






2010 – Jason Kubel hitting in the seven spot in the order became the first Twins player with a two-homer game at Target Field in the Twins 8-2 win over the Yankees. Kubel hit a solo homer in the sixth, a three-run shot in the seventh and had an RBI double for the Twins, who had gone eight games and 349 plate appearances without a home run before the lefty broke the skid. Kubel knocked in five on the day and scored three times. Nick Blackburn went seven for the win and upped his record to 6-1 for the year. Box Score

Jason Kubel

Nick Blackburn






2006 – The Twins beat the Mariners at the Dome 9-5 as Twins starter Boof Bonser earned his first big league win and the Twins turned their 11th triple-play since moving to Minnesota in 1961. Oddly enough the Mariners scored a run on that triple-play. With the Twins ahead 8-4, Twins skipper Gardenhire brought in reliever Jesse Crain to start the 8th inning. Crain quickly gave up a double to Richie Sexson, walked Carl Everett and then gave up a single to Adrian Beltre to load the bases. Gardy had seen enough and brought in Juan Rincon. On Rincon’s first pitch Mariner catcher Kenji Johjima grounded slowly to second baseman Luis Castillo who scooped up the ball, chased down Beltre and tagged him and then threw to first baseman Justin Morneau for the second out. Morneau then saw Everett take too wide a turn at third base and fired the ball to third baseman Tony Batista who applied the tag for the third out. Six Mariners batters had two hits in the game but the Twins Luis Castillo and Juan Castro kept the Twins in the game with three hits each. Juan Rincon recorded his only save of the season. Box Score

Boof Bonser

Luis Castillo

Juan Castro






1983 – Twins reliever Rick Lysander becomes the first Twins pitcher to lose both games of a double-header as the Tigers beat the Twins 7-4 in the first game and 2-1 in the second game that goes 12 innings at Tiger Stadium. Outfielder Bobby Mitchell had 3 hits in 5 at bats and scored once for the Twins but it was all for naught when Tigers DH Larry Herndon hit a walk-off single and scored Johnny Grub with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Rick Lysander

Bobby Mitchell

Dave Engle






1964 – In the first game of a doubleheader at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels, Twins center fielder Jimmie Hall is beaned by Angel lefty Bo Belinsky as Hall leads off the top of the fifth inning. The Twins end up losing the game 4-1 as Belinsky struck out 8 Twins on his way to a complete game win. Hall ends up with a concussion and tries to come back on May 31st as a pinch-hitter but ends up striking out. Hall sits out several more games and gets back in the line-up on June 4th. Hall hit 33 home runs as a rookie in 1963 but is never really the same player after this beaning. The Star Tribune write-up about the incident is dated May 26th, obviously incorrect.

Jimmie Hall

Bo Belinsky






The Twins won game two in 13 innings on a long blast by first baseman Don Mincher of Angels reliever Don Lee. Dick Stigman who pitched 5.2 innings of relief was credited with his first win of the year.

Don Mincher

Dick Stigman






1961 – Shortstop Zoilo Versalles becomes the first Twin to get 5 hits in a game when he hits 2 doubles and 3 singles against the Washington Senators on the road but the Twins come up on the short-end of a 14-4 game when the Senators jump on Minnesota pitching for nine runs in the first three innings. Ed Palmquist was the Twins starter and loser. The Senators pounded out 11 extra-base hits in the game. Box Score

Zoilo Versalles

Ed Palmquist


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