Minnesota Twins Winning Wednesdays: June 6, 1973
May 11, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Baseball glove of Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (44) on the dugout rail before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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I don’t select the years or the game, but a random number generator does. The generator selects the year and the game number. If the game number is a loss, we roll that number again. It’s as easy as that.
This week’s random season: 1973.
Game 49. June 6, 1973. Second game of a doubleheader. Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Stadium.
Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup
- Jerry Terrell – SS
- Rod Carew – 2B
- Tony Oliva – DH
- Bobby Darwin – RF
- Larry Hisle – CF
- Steve Braun – 3B
- Joe Lis – 1B
- Jim Holt – LF
- Phil Roof – C
Joe Decker – P
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
- Buddy Bell – 3B
- Jack Brohamer – 2B
- Oscar Gamble – RF
- John Ellis – C
- Charlie Spikes –DH
- John Lowenstein – LF
- Chris Chambliss – 1B
- Rusty Torres – CF
- Leo Cardenas – SS
Ray Lamb – P
The random pickers gave us a great first game to review. The Minnesota Twins kicked so hard that they knocked out Indians starter Ray Lamb after he recorded one out. Lamb got the Shepard’s hook after allowing five runs in the first inning.
The scoring started with a Tony Oliva RBI single to make it 1-0. Bobby Darwin followed immediately with an RBI single himself to make it 2-0. Two batters later, Steve Braun hit a three-run homer, the knockout blow to lamb.
Brent Strom replaced Ray Lamb and proceeded to also give up a homer, his home run was a solo shot to Jim Holt.
We’d be here for a while if we went through every scoring play for the Twins as the Twins creamed the Indians 13-9 in the game. The Twins scored two more in the fourth to put it out of hand and four more runs in the eighth to solidify it all.
Joe Decker turned in a great start for the Twins. Decker went six innings while only allowing one run on four hits. Dave Goltz notched a save, but proved in 1973 that the save is a really, really weird stat.
Goltz pitch the last three innings of the game, gave up eight runs, EIGHT, but never surrended the lead and technically recorded the save. He gave up four home runs, including three in the ninth.
Let’s move back to the positives of a large Twins win.
Jim Holt wins the offensive MVP of the game for Minnesota. Holt went 2-for-5 with two home runs, notching himself four RBI.
Check out the whole boxscore for the game here.
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