Minnesota Twins combined for 33 runs in two shutouts this September and made history in their 16-0 shutout Tuesday night.
September 12, 2017, will be a date in the record books. Home at Target Field in Minneapolis Twins second baseman Brian Dozier led off the night with a home run and in the second inning Twins rallied to score six runs that inning. After that, momentum rode them to history as the first team to ever hit a home run the first seven innings of a ballgame, according to The San Diego Union Tribune. They defeated the San Diego Padres 16-0.
“Tonight was everything that you can ask for,” Twins Manager Paul Molitor told reporters after the game. “Up and down the lineup…Brian kind of set the tone. He smoked that ball to get it going.”
Seven home runs is also the most ever hit in a single game at by the Twins at Target Field. Homers this game came from Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (2), Eddie Rosario and Kennys Vargas.
“It was all around a good team win,” Dozier told Fox Sports North postgame.
In addition to bats coming alive Kyle Gibson pitched a great game of baseball, Dozier said. Finishing just a double short of completing a cycle, Dozier was 3-4 this game.
With the Twins catching fire this latter portion of the season, holding onto the second wildcard slot in the American League, momentum is only going to pick up, says Dozier. The reason why is because of one of the most feared hitters in the league, this years second place finisher in the MLB Home Run Derby will be returning soon, Miguel Angel Sano.
“His presence in the lineup, I know pitchers don’t like him in the lineup; so it’s going to be very good to get him back,” Dozier said.
This is the fifth time in team history the Twins scored 15 plus runs in a shutout. Just 10 days before the 16-0 shutout the Twins shutout the Kansas City Royals at home 17-0, which is the most runs the Twins ever scored in a shutout.
By Gino Terrell