Saturday October 4, 1986
In the second-to-the-last game of a disappointing 1986 season, Greg Gagne gave the 28,136 fans gathered at the Metrodome something to talk about.
In his first at-bat, Gagne hit a routine-looking fly ball to center. As happens occasionally in the Metrodome, the center fielder Daryl Boston lost the ball, and stood helplessly as it bounced behind him. By the time Boston recoverd, Gagne had an inside-the-park home run.
Gagne came to the plate again in the fourth inning. This time, he hit a line drive to Boston, who charged the ball. The liner bounced in front of Boston, then skipped past him to the wall for Gagne’s second inside-the-park home run of the game.
Gagne added a triple in the sixth inning to help the Twins to a 7-3 victory over the White Sox.
Ironically, the last time a player hit two home runs in a game without leaving the park was in 1972, when Dick Allen of the White Sox did it against the Twins at the Met.