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That last bit speaks to the relative confidence Manager Paul Molitor had in his ability to generate runs, based on his particularly unspectacular performance over his last ten games, with him batting .242, a .265 OBP, .227 BAbip, and 1 extra basehit in 33 at bats, all causing him to losing playing time in left field to Robbie Grossman. He becomes the second Twin leftfielder (Harmon Killebrew being the first, LOL!) to get the homer hat trick (MLB Video).
|EDDIE ROSARIO||2017-06-13||SEA||W 20-7||5||3||4||3||0.244||.334||9||LF|
|Brian Dozier||2016-09-05||KCR||L 5-11||5||3||3||3||0.149||1.422||1||2B|
|Max Kepler||2016-08-01||CLE||W 12-5||6||3||4||3||0.343||.557||3||RF|
|Justin Morneau||2007-07-06 (2)||CHW||W 12-0||5||3||3||3||0.308||.430||5||1B|
|Tony Oliva||1973-07-03||KCR||L 6-7||5||3||3||3||0.549||1.240||3||DH|
|Harmon Killebrew||1963-09-21 (1)||BOS||W 13-4||5||3||3||3||0.125||.390||4||LF|
|Bob Allison||1963-05-17||CLE||W 11-4||5||3||3||3||0.238||.704||4||RF|
This is not a totally improbable event. Yes, he had played 270 games, and was past 1,000 plate appearances without having a two homer game, sure. But Eddie has drawn comparisons with Tony Oliva (I'm being serious here) and his fluid, spray-hitting swing earlier in his career, and his talent as such as a "pure" hitter is of a high degree. But he takes the "see ball - hit ball" ethic of the latter to such an extreme that he creates a much larger strike zone for pitchers, not being selective enough. That leads to prolonged slumps.
Be that as it may, baseball is nothing if not beautiful in its unpredictability. The previous night's 14-3 drubbing at the hands of these same Mariners would never have prepared one for this gaudy bonanza. I find it also notable that the game's starting lineup featured three of the seven Twins to bag three bombs in a game, Brian Dozier, herr Kepler, and Rosy. That's never happened before, of course. Oliva hit his three after Allison retired, three years previous.
Seriously, Eddie? Picking on poor (catcher turned pitcher) Carlos Ruiz?
|4||1977-05-25 (1)||MIN||BOS||W 13-5||53||48||13||24||6||2||2||13||3||195|
|9||1937-07-25 (1)||WSH||SLB||W 16-10||50||48||16||23||5||1||2||15||2||142|