May 3 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on May 3 games is 

 

2011 – Francisco Liriano no-hits the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at on a chilly night (42 degrees) at U.S. Cellular Field and became the first opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Cellular Field. Liriano entered the game with a 1-4 record and a 9.13 ERA. Liriano faced 30 batters, walking six and threw 123 pitches, 66 for strikes. Liriano only struck out two White Sox batters. According to Francisco, he has never pitched a complete game, not even in the minors where some games are only 7 innings. Liriano’s gem was the Twins fifth no-hitter. Liriano became the fifth pitcher born in the Dominican Republic to throw a no-hitter, the others being Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010). The mustered just six hits and the only run in the game was a Jason Kubel home run off White Sox starter Edwin Jackson. Box Score

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, center, celebrates his no-hitter with after their 1-0 win over Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Chicago. At left is former White Sox Jim Thome. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Jason Kubel May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1986 – Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett hits a home run on the game’s first pitch (from Walt Terrell) for the 2nd consecutive night, but the Twins lose to the Tigers 7-4. Walt Terrell pitched a complete game to notch his third win of the young season. John Butcher remained win-less by giving up 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings.The night before Puckett hit Jack Morris’s first pitch for a home run to spark the Twins to a 10-1 victory. Box Score

Kirby Puckett

John Butcher

 

 

 

 

 

1964 – The Kansas City Athletics sweep the Twins 7-4 and 8-7 at Municipal Stadium and KC reliever John Wyatt picks up the victory in both games earning the A’s a split in the four-game series.

John Wyatt

In the first game the Twins hits four home runs (Rollins, Hall, Battey and Kaat) but it still was not enough and Jim Kaat took the loss. Box Score game 1.

Bill Pleis

In game 2 the Twins were walked off by the A’s in an 8-7 game. The Twins quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Tony Oliva two-run homer and scored in 6 of the 9 innings but the A’s put together a big fourth inning when they scored 6 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk and three Twins errors. The game was tied at 7-7 going into the bottom of the ninth inning and Bill Pleis was brought in to pitch for Minnesota. Pleis walked Nelson Mathews, George Williams sacrificed him to second, then Pleis walked Wayne Causey but struck out Dick Green for the second out of the inning. Pleis then walked Ed Charles to lead up the bases and George Alusik stepped to the plate. Pleis promptly walked Alusik and with the bases full and the A’s were 8-7 winners. Tony Oliva the hottest batter in the league was 11-18 in the series and raised his average to .408 . A’s reliever John Wyatt who pitched 2 innings for the win in game one showed up again and pitched the last 1.2 innings and got himself his second win of the day. The Twins hit three home runs in this game (Oliva, Hall, and Mincher) but still came out on the short end of the score. Box Score game 2

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