May 30 – This Day in Twins History

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2010 – The Twins played errorless ball, as usual, in their 6-3 win over the Rangers. Jason Kubel goes 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI while Scott Baker pitched 6 innings for the win. Minnesota’s total of 12 errors this year is the lowest for any team in major-league history through its first 50 games of a season, shattering the previous record of 17 by the 2006 Red Sox and 2009 Phillies. The Twins finish the season with 78 errors. Box Score

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

Scott Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004 – Another entry for the strange and unusual. The Twins pulled off an unusual 3-2-9 put out in the fifth inning of their 8-3 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals had the bases loaded in the home half of the fifth when Mike Sweeney hit a fly to short right field and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, right fielder Jacques Jones and second baseman Michael Cuddyer converged on. Mientkiewicz nearly caught it but Mike Cuddyer bumped Dougie and he dropped the ball. First base umpire Jeff Kellogg signaled infield fly rule making Sweeny an automatic out. Desi Relaford streaked for home. Mientkiewicz saw Relaford and threw the ball towards home plate but he nailed Sweeney in the back, who had run to first and turned around, in the back. Jacques Jones raced to first base as catcher Henry Blanco recovered the ball in front on the Royals dugout. Angel Berroa who was on second base saw Carlos Beltran who was on first running towards him. Beltran was yelling at Berroa to run and Berroa was yelling at Beltran to go back. Beltran decided to go back to first but Jones beat him to first base and took the throw from Blanco and tagged Beltran out. There you have it, a 3-2-9 put out. After the game Mientkiewicz said “I tried to get as skinny as I could so no one would know that I threw it”. Mike Sweeney’s reaction? “I though I had been shot, ” the Royals star said. Gardy’s reaction? “I thought I had just seen everything.” Dan Agonistes blog.

The Twins beat the Royals 8-3 with both teams getting 12 hits. Kyle Lohse was the winning pitcher for Minnesota and Jimmy Gobble (always loved that name) was the loser. Lew Ford and Alex Prieto hits home runs. Box Score

Doug Mientkiewicz

1992 – Detroit’s Rob Deer popped out to shortstop Greg Gagne in consecutive at-bats with both balls ricocheting off the Metrodome ceiling. Deer, Travis Fryman and Phil Clark all hit home runs for the Tigers but it wasn’t enough as the Twins scored five in the eighth inning on 4 hits, 2 errors and 2 walks for a 7-5 victory. Kirby Puckett was 3 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Box Score

Kirby Puckett (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Rob Deer

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990 – The Twins up their record to 27-19 when they whip the Orioles by a score of 12-3 at the Dome. Catcher Brian Harper and first baseman Gene Larkin each get 3 hits. Harper has two doubles, scores twice and knocks in three more while Larkin gets just one double but scores three and knocks in one. Roy Smith pitches 7.2 innings for the win. Box Score

Brian Harper, calling home?

Gene Larkin

 

 

 

 

 

The Twins acquire pitcher Ed Gustafson from the San Francisco Giants and in turn pitcher Francisco Oliveras becomes the property of the Giants. Gustafson got to AA Orlando but was out of baseball after the 1992 season.

Francisco Oliveras

Ed Gustafson

 

 

 

 

 

1986 – Each team had 15 hits but Minnesota turned their 15 hits into 13 runs while the visiting Red Sox could only come up with five in a Twins 13-5 win. Maybe it was the Twins nine extra-base hits? DH Roy Smalley, hit a home run from each side of the plate against the Red Sox at the Metrodome and becomes the first Twins batter to ever do so. Tom Brunansky also chipped in a double and a home run. The win went to reliever Keith Atherton who relieved Frank Viola in the fourth inning and completed the game by allowing no runs on 5 hits in 5.1 innings of relief. Box Score

Keith Atherton

Roy Smalley

 

 

 

 

 

1970 – The Twins whip the Yankees 10-6 at the Met. The Twins jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead but the Yankees pecked away until they finally took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning. In the home half of the seventh the Twins bounced back quickly as Cesar Tovar led off with a home run to tie the ball game at 6-6 and then the Twins went on to score four more times to take back control and hold on to a 10-6 victory. The Twins hitting star was first baseman Rich Reese who went 4 for 5 with a home run, a triple and two singles, scored three times and knocked in three more. Ron Perranoski blew the save but got the win with three innings of relief. Box Score

Rich Reese

Cesar Tovar

Ron Perranoski

 

 

 

 

 

Off the field All-Star voting is returned to the fans, as computerized punch-card ballots appear in stores and ballparks coast to coast. Since 1958 the All-Star squads had been selected by managers, coaches, and players.

 

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