June 10, 2022

Twins hit 5 home runs and still lose 10-7 to Yanks

So it really is hopeless after all, isn’t it?

It appeared the Twins had finally turned a corner against the New York Yankees, smashing five home runs early in Thursday’s game to chase former 16-game winner, Gerrit Cole, after two-plus innings.

Luis Arraez connected, Byron Buxton hit two deep shots off Cole, Carlos Correa added a fourth and Trevor Larnach teed off to make it five.

But they don’t call ’em the Bronx Bombers for nothing.

After Cole exited, Yankee relievers limited the Twins to just one hit the rest of the way, while the Pinstripers got to work, hitting four dingers of their own to score seven unanswered runs and erase a 7-3 Twins lead and turn it into a painful 10-7 Yankees win.

To be frank, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had some nonsense to say after the game.

“It’s not just winnable, I think we definitely should have won that ballgame,” manager Rocco Baldelli told MLB.com. “The reasons why we didn’t, I don’t think those are going to be things that are going to affect us going forward. I think we can set it aside and we can build on this game even though it was a loss.”

Build on what exactly? Three innings of good baseball and six innings of lousy baseball?

Twins pitching clearly was not up to the challenge. Starter Dylan Bundy barely hung around for four innings, then the bullpen allowed six runs on nine hits. Reliever Yennier Cano pitched the only scoreless inning of the game.

Good riddance to the Yankees and bring on the Tampa Bay Rays. Devin Smeltzer gets the ball Friday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins committed a boneheaded play during the game that led to a hit. A short pop fly fell between short and second base because Correa thought Jorge Polanco had it and vice versa. Correa, the veteran and de-facto leader of the team, really needs to take over in that situation.

-The Twins hit five home runs on June 9, 2022, and they became the first team to hit five home runs in an inning in the American League on June 9, 1966.

The game story appeared in the June 10, 1966, edition of the Minneapolis Tribune. Reporter Tom Briere’s lead:

The on-and-off Minnesota Twins reached back to the pre-pennant seasons of 1963 and 1964 for a record five-homer gusher in the seventh inning Thursday to overpower Kansas City 9-4 at Metropolitan Stadium.

Who hit the five home runs? Rich Rollins, Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, Don Mincher and Harmon Killebrew.

Sources: MLB.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Newspapers.com (subscription required).


Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.