Saturday, September 11, 1999
In one of those famous 11 AM Saturday games at the Metrodome (due to Gopher football that night), Eric Milton turns in what is likely the greatest single-game pitching performance in Twins history, and possibly in franchise history. In the game against the Angels, Milton pitched the sixth no-hitter in the history of the Washington/Minnesota franchise. He struck out 13 and allowed two walks in the Twins’ 7-0 win over the Angels.
Interesting bit of trivia, future Twin Ramon Ortiz was the opposing pitcher. Ortiz didn’t last past the fifth inning and allowed six earned runs to the Twins, including a home run hit by Denny Hocking.
Sunday, September 11, 1949
50 years to the day before Milton’s gem, the franchise may have had its worst day in terms of pitching performances. In the first game of a double header against the league leading Yankees, Washington pitchers allowed 17 bases on balls to the powerful Yankee lineup. 11 of those free passes came in a single inning, the nightmarish third frame in which the Yankees sent 18 to the plate against four different Nat pitchers. The result was a 12-run third inning, part of the Yankees 20-5 destruction of the Senators.
The 11 walks in the third was a major league record. Because of the length of game one (particularly the third inning, which took more than 50 minutes to complete according to the New York Times), game two had to be called on account of darkness in the middle of the sixth inning with the Yankees leading 2-1. Washington starter Sid Hudson allowed just two walks in five innings pitched, bringing the day’s total to 19 walks in 13 innings.