The Minnesota Twins had a historic night at the plate, beating the Seattle Mariners 20-7. Eddie Rosario led the charge with Miguel Sano out of the lineup.
The Minnesota Twins offense when crazy in Tuesday night’s win over the Seattle Mariners. The Twins outscored the Mariners 20-7 in the rout, scoring seven runs in two separate innings. They also smacked a franchise-record 28 hits. It surpassed the 27 hits the then-Washington Senators put up in 1933.
The Twins offense was led by Eddie Rosario, who blasted three home runs in the contest. Brian Dozier and Max Kepler also went deep. The offensive explosion was impressive. What made it more impressive was their star slugger, Miguel Sano, was not in the lineup.
History was made at Target Field
Plenty of history was made in the explosion of offense. Rosario was right in the thick of it. He was the first player to hit three home runs from the number nine spot in the lineup since Trot Nixon did it for the Red Sox in 1999. He is the fifth player in history to do it, overall. It is also the first three-homer game by a Twin since Dozier did it last September.
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Rosario was also the first player to have two home runs of 440 feet or longer in a game this season. The offense itself set records, aside from Rosario. They recorded the second-most hits in a game this century, behind the 29 hit outburst the Texas Rangers had in 2007 during a 30-3 victory over the Orioles.
The Twins also set a franchise-record for singles in a game with 21. The hit records didn’t stop there, as the 42 combined hits were the most in Target Field history. While the night was historic, it was more than just history for a Twins squad in playoff contention.
A spark the Twins needed
The Twins offense has been great this season, and it continued Tuesday night. The Twins have had some young weapons on offense shine this season, including Sano and Kepler, to go along with veterans Dozier and Joe Mauer. If the Twins success is to continue, the offense will need to keep producing.
With the offense rolling, the Twins just need their pitching staff to become more well-rounded. If that becomes reality, the Twins will be heading into the playoffs. They have a potent offense with a defense that is great at run prevention. If the pitching can pitch up to standard, you are looking at the American League Central champions.