Minnesota Twins Winning Wednesdays: September 21, 1997


Welcome to Minnesota Twins Winning Wednesdays! The weekly feature that I tend to forget every other week. What we do here is we take a random number generator that gives us two numbers: a Minnesota Twins season and a game number of the year. If those numbers match a win, we discuss that win and look back to when the Twins won a game or two.

Random Season: 1997

Random Game: 154

Sunday, September 21, 1997. Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Minnesota Twins Starting Lineup

  1. Chuck Knoblauch – 2B
  2. Brent Brede – 1B
  3. Paul Molitor – DH (Who’s this guy?!)
  4. Ron Coomer – 3B
  5. Matt Lawton – RF
  6. Marty Cordova – LF
  7. Terry Steinbach – C
  8. Rich Becker – CF
  9. Pat Meares – SS

Milwaukee Brewers Starting Lineup

  1. Fernando Vina – 2B
  2. Jeff Cirillo – 3B (HELLO! EX-TWIN ALERT)
  3. Dave Nilsson – DH
  4. Julio Franco – 1B
  5. Jeromy Burnitz – RF
  6. Jose Valentin – SS
  7. Darrin Jackson – LF
  8. Gerald Williams – CF
  9. Jesse Levis – C

If you long for the days of awesome Twins pitching, this is the game for you. Brad Radke threw an absolute gem during this game. A Jack Morris-like gem. Radke went 10 innings in a victory for the Minnesota Twins.

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It didn’t start off great for the Wisconsin native. After getting the first batter he faced to strikeout, Radke gave up a solo home run to future Twin Jeff Cirillo to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.

The Brewers would have the lead until the sixth inning. In the sixth inning, Ron ‘Coom Dog’ Coomer hit a double to right field that scored Chuck Knoblauch to tie the game up. No one would score until the tenth inning.

Fast-forward to the bottom of the tenth. Future Twins manager Paul Molitor is up with a runner on first and one down. Molitor hit a triple to right field to knock in the go-ahead run and give the Twins an victory. One of only 68 the Twins achieved in 1997.

It was the 20th win of the season for Brad Radke. Radke went ten innings, only gave up the one run on six hits and struck out nine. Radke threw 128 pitches in the game.

Radke was a young man in 1997. Radke was 24 and went 20-10 in the season, he finished with a 3.87 ERA in 239.2 innings pitched. Radke sported a WHIP of 1.193.

Boxscore to today’s Winning Wednesday.

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