1987: Twins and Tigers Combine for 8 Home Runs

Friday May 29, 1987

The Twins and the Tigers combined for eight home runs in a game in which the outcome was never really in doubt.

Here is my original take on the game from Hot Stove 1987:

Friday May 29, 1987

Tigers 15, Twins 7

Rookie Les Straker had his worst outing of the year, and the Twins trailed by 14 runs after seven innings at Tiger Stadium on their way to ending the three game winning streak that started in the Metrodome earlier this week.

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Tiger Stadium from Ballparksofbaseball.com

Detroit jumped on the Twins early with the help of a first inning three-run home run by Matt Nokes. By the time Straker left the game after three innings, the Tigers had a 6-0 lead.

Though the Twins were able to score six runs in the final two innings, the outcome was never in doubt.

Player of the Game
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Matt Nokes

AL West Standings through 5/29
Kansas City 26-18 196 RS 170 RA –
Minnesota 24-23 230 RS 237 RA 3.5 GB
Seattle 24-23 224 RS 248 RA 3.5 GB
Oakland 23-23 226 RS 203 RA 4.0 GB
California 21-26 212 RS 245 RA 6.5 GB
Chicago 19-24 168 RS 181 RA 6.5 GB
Texas 18-26 218 RS 244 RA 8.0 GB

Tomorrow @ Detroit: Allan Anderson (L) 1-0 9.00 vs Jeff Robinson 3-2 3.83
Sunday @ DET
Monday-Wednesday @ BOS
Friday-Sunday vs TEX
6/8-6/10 vs KC

Of particular interest in this game was Mark Salas, who entered the game in the seventh inning. He was the key in the Twins’ surge, hitting two home runs and knocking in five runs. Salas would hit only four more home runs the entire season between Minnesota and New York.

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