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The Twins’ first eight hitters reach base, all come around to score

Jun 22, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

Luke Hughes

I saw the eight-spot the Twins put up in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner last night, but didn’t dig down into the play by play of it all until a few minutes ago.  And how about this: the first eight batters all got hits, and all eight came around to score. That’s some trick. In fact, it’s a trick that hasn’t been done for over 20 years, when the Yankees did it against the Orioles in late 1990.

By the way, that’s eight straight wins for the Twins and 15 of 17 in the win column. The same Twins who I so adroitly declared dead a week or two ago because, as is always the case, I know nothing about everything.

On the bright side, if Minnesota goes on to win the World Series, that will be two straight years in which a death sentence from me inspired greatness.  It may be an odd gift, but it’s a gift all the same.

  1. kopy - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    It’s happening.

  2. Justin - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Here is another weird one. Casilla was the first guy in a long time to bat 2 times in the same inning but from different sides (He is a switch hitter and faced 2 pitchers) So 8 straight hits helped an 8 run first inning to get to 8 straight wins. Crazy stuff (http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/twins-blast-giants/)

    • tjwilliams - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      Fun fact: Carlos Baerga and Mark Bellhorn are the only players in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning.

  3. iamthedoublestandard - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Can someone correct me if I’m wrong but was Bumgarner’s ERA for last nights game 240.00?

    ERA = ER x 9 / IP

    Last night: 8 x 9 / .3 =
    72 / .3 = 240.00 (is that right?)

    • kopy - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:27 AM

      His ERA was 216.00, for the same reason. 72 / 0.33 = 216

      His WHIP was also 27. 9 hits, 0 walks… 9 / 0.33 = 27

  4. kander013 - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    we coming!

  5. ThatGuy - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    If the twins did somehow manage to come all the way back and take the division, it would be the largest comeback in the History of baseball. As far as I can tell the 1914 Boston Braves currently hold that mark with a 15 game comeback, and the Twins were down 16.5 at one point.

    • kopy - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      Sounds about right. Karl Ravech said yesterday that the largest was the Yankees by 14 back in 1978. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ravech is wrong. Either way, in reinforces the fact that 16.5 (on June 1st) would be a new record.

  6. Utley's Hair - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    And if it was at Target Field, it would’ve been at least nine straight hits to start, right? Ya know, what with Stache(less?)vano making the first out and all.

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I wonder who Brian Sabean will wish harm on after this travesty?

  8. professor59 - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    It’s weird that I haven’t been able to find a single excuse from the Bumgarner camp. What suddenly went wrong with this guy? Velocity? Injury? Tipping pitches? Being really ugly? (OK, that might not, on its own, be a good reason.)

    • minnesconsin - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      not sure if there was a reason driving it, but it was all location. he left everything up last night, it looked like the twins were taking BP.

  9. strandedtwinsfan - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    i love the hit pattern: single, double, single, double, single, double, single, double.

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