May 31 – This Day in Twins History

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1980 – A bad day at the ballpark for Twins fans. The Twins commit five errors on their way to an 11-1 shellacking at the hands of the Orioles and their starter Scott McGregor who pitches a complete game at Met Stadium in front of only 8,288 fans. The Twins loss is their 21st in their last 30 games putting them 11 games under the .500 mark. The Twins scored their only run in the second inning on a Hosken Powell double and an O’s error. Geoff Zahn was the Twins starter and loser. Outfielder Ken Landreaux goes 0-for-4 in Minnesota’s 11-1 loss to the Orioles Scott McGregor, ending his hitting streak at 31 consecutive games. It is the longest streak in the AL since Dom DiMaggio’s 34-game streak in 1949. Ken’s streak started on April 23rd. Landreaux had 49 hits in 125 at bats during the streak for a .392 batting average. This streak remains the team record. Box Score

Ken Landreaux

Hosken Powell

 

Hitting Streak

 

 

 

 

1976 – With trade rumors running rampant due to how poorly salary negotiations had progressed, Bert Blyleven walked off the mound at the Met in front of 8,379 fans trailing the California Angels 3-1. A number of fans were on Blylevens’ case shouting and singing “bye-bye Bertie” and Blyleven angrily looked up at the hecklers and flashed them the “one finger salute”. That was the final straw for Twins management and Bert was traded to Texas the next day. Rod Carew and Bob Randall each had two hits for Minnesota and Blyleven pitched a complete game but allowed three runs and was the loser. Box Score

Bert Blyleven

Rod Carew

Bob Randall

 

 

 

 

 

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