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August 25, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 25, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
The Tigers could not have asked for a better start to their weekend series against the Twins: Their first batter, Ian Kinsler, went yard and Detroit was up 1-0 right off the bat. Their starter, Robbie Ray, got two strikeouts and a popup in the bottom of the first. Everything was peachy.

The Twins went double-double-double to begin the last of the second, and it was 2-1 Minnesota, but a one-run deficit is hardly the end of the world. Kurt Suzuki struck out, and Ray had three punchouts to his name in 1 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, that’s just about the only good thing anyone could say about the left-hander’s performance.

Eduardo Escobar, the eighth hitter in the Twins' order, went yard to kick off what would be a five-hit night, the first by a no. 8 hitter for Minnesota since John Roseboro did it on April 29, 1968, according to the Baseball-Reference Play Index. Escobar would also become the first shortstop to collect a triple and a long ball in the same game for the franchise since Joe Cronin of the then-Washington Senators pulled it off on September 2, 1929.

History class dismissed. Back to the game.

Jordan Schafer singled. Then Danny Santana got in on the yardwork, and it was 6-1 Twins. Out came Brad Ausmus to get the ball from his starter.

Back to history class: Ray is the third Tigers starter since at least 1914 to allow five extra-base hits in 1 1/3 or fewer innings, and the first since Mike Maroth did it without getting out of the first inning on May 25, 2006. The Tigers won that game. No, really, they did. You can see for yourself. And they put a scare into the Twins in this one, too, with a four-run top of the fifth that made it 6-5.

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reznick

Even without looking it up on BRef, I'm confident Joe Cronin wasn't playing anywhere except an Old-Timers Game by 1969.

Aug 25, 2014 07:45 AM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
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Let's try... let's try 1929 and see if that one sticks.

Aug 25, 2014 08:07 AM
 
reznick

Much better, thanks.

Aug 25, 2014 08:45 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Definitely 1929. Thanks for catching that!

Aug 25, 2014 09:11 AM
 
newsense

It was 6-1 Twins buta five-run top of the fifth that made it 6-5"?

Aug 25, 2014 11:36 AM
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BP staff member Jason Wojciechowski
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Oops, four-run fifth. Thanks.

Aug 25, 2014 13:48 PM
 
timber

Hmm...ESPN in Oakland last night, followed up by a trip to Kansas City for this Sunday night. Aren't they afraid of losing the East Coast? What is the world coming too?

Aug 25, 2014 15:13 PM
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oldbopper

Kennys Vargas looked very good at New Britain this year, but he has surprised even me with his performance with the Twins, even if it is a SSS. I recall watching another hulking 1st baseman(?) pound the ball around New Britain Stadium many years ago and cannot shake the feeling that I was watching Even Bigger Papi play this summer. With Joe Mauer cluttering up 1st base for a few more years it looks like Kennys will also be a permanent DH.

Aug 25, 2014 15:44 PM
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