The Twins Almanac: Weekend Edition
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May 13, 1989
Kirby Puckett Hits Four Doubles
Kirby Puckett hit a team record four doubles as the Twins beat the Blue Jays 10-8 at the Metrodome. Kirby, who was 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, hit two doubles each off of 7x All-Star Dave Stieb and '87 AL saves leader Tom Henke.
May 13, 2009
Crede Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam
Down 7-9 to Detroit in the eighth with Mike Redmond on first, Jason Kubel, pinch-hitting for Carlos Gomez, hit a game-tying home run. The teams were still tied in the thirteenth when Curtis Granderson hit a one-out triple off of Jesse Crain. Then, with two out, Crain was called for a balk, bringing Granderson home with the go-ahead run.
Kubel led-off the bottom of the thirteenth with a single, and was pinch-run for by Nick Punto, who was sacrificed to second by Denard Span, and driven in by Matt Tolbert to tie the game. Joe Mauer then grounded out for the second out of the inning, with Tolbert advancing to second on the play. 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau was intentionally walked to fill first. Tigers reliever Brandon Lyon, however, then gave up a walk to Michael Cuddyer, forcing the winning run up to third base. With two out and a 1-2 count, third baseman Joe Crede hit a walk-off grand slam.
Happy 62nd Birthday, Hosken Powell
It's the birthday of former Twins right fielder Hosken Powell, born in Selma, Alabama in 1955. The Twins' '75 draft choice played in Minnesota from 1978-'81 before playing his final two big league seasons in Toronto. Powell hit his first major league home run off of Hall of Famer Jim Palmer in May of his rookie season. His third home run was off of Hall of Famer Fegie Jenkins. And his final home run came off of Hall of Famer Don Sutton.
May 14, 1968
3-HR First Inning vs. Catfish Hunter
After Twins starter Jim Merritt set Oakland's Bert Campaneris, Reggie Jackson, and Sal Bando down in order to start the game, Rod Carew led off the bottom of the first with a home run off of future-Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter. Catfish then walked Cesar Tovar, and gave up another home run to Tony Oliva. After walking Harmon Killebrew, Catfish finally got Bob Allison to pop up for the first out. Rich Rollins then drove in Harmon with the Twins' third home run of the inning, giving them a 5-0 lead in the first inning. The Athletics battled back, however, scoring in each on the next three innings, including a big six-run fourth inning, ultimately winning 13-8, with Catfish Hunter improving to 4-2 on the season.
May 14, 1998
Marlins Trade Eisenreich
In what would have been one of the biggest blockbuster trades of all time had it happened in 1993, the Marlins sent Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, 1977 St. Cloud Tech graduate Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza, and Todd Zeile.
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