October 6, 2012

April 21, 1984 - Twins on a Roll?

Game # 173 - Minnesota Twins, 11 @ Baltimore Orioles, 5

Skinny Kirby Puckett!  As a kid it was kind of funny to track Kirby's weight gain each year with my new Topps set (I used to do the same with Tony Gwynn).  Baseball is funny in that it might be the hardest sport to play but still one of the most accepting in terms of varying body types.

Now that I'm in the back half of my 30's and my metabolism is nowhere near what it used to be, I have more empathy for what Kirby and Tony went through.

The Twins started the year with nine straight losses but they've split their last six games.  Perhaps they're righting the ship?  Frank Viola had a couple of rough innings but managed to go seven deep while giving up four runs. 

The score was actually tied heading into the sixth when Tom Brunansky brutalized a pitch for a grand slam.  Tim Teufel added a homer as well, but Kirby had the best day for Minnesota.  He collected four hits and also recorded two outfield assists, both times when John Shelby was trying to take an extra base.

Winning Pitcher - Frank Viola
Losing Pitcher - Dennis Martinez
Player of the Game - Puckett; 4-6, 2B, R, 2RBI's, 2 OF Asst's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray

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