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A recap of the Twins’ first 50 home runs of 2019

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Dongs aplenty for the good guys

Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins
One of Rosie’s eleven and T.C.’s 50.
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In the Twins’ 26th game of the 2019 season, Ehire Adrianza sent a Justin Verlander fastball over the right field seats, the team’s 50th home run of the year. In addition to providing the sole run in Minnesota’s 1-0 victory, that homer set a franchise record for the fewest number of games to reach 50 dingers.

We’ve witnessed barely a month’s worth of baseball, and the team with Kasota gold trim on their jerseys has walloped enough four-baggers to make us forget the moonshots that came just as the calendar was turning to April. As such, it has become a public duty to remind Twins fans of each and every circuit clout.

First, a few observations:

  • The Twins have gone back-to-back a surprising amount. I counted four times that Minnesota followed up a tater with another tater - and that doesn’t even include the back-to-back-to-back jacks against Baltimore.
  • Both of Willians Astudillo’s long bombs have come as the trailing end of back-to-back swats.
  • The Twins have only hit a couple deep shots that took the team from behind to ahead, or tied a game which they were trailing. That said, the Twins haven’t been trailing as often this year.
  • A big part of the high tally of Ruthian blasts is those games where trots came a-plenty. The Twins have already played four games in which their batters sent at least five balls out of the park - two with five (both against Baltimore), one with six (victimizing the Mets), and one with eight (Baltimore again).
  • In two games, Minnesota swingers touched ‘em all seven times with Orioles hurler Alex Cobb on the mound.
  • It’s a real shame that the Twins have completed their season series against Baltimore.
  • The Twins have leading off several innings by going yard, including all three wallops smacked in the past two games.. Having Max Kepler as their leadoff man makes that possibility more likely in the first inning.

On to the list. All information was found via Baseball-Reference and @DingerTracker. (I was unable to find the distance for Mitch Garver’s big fly in the walk-a-thon loss to New York.)

1.

Game #3
March 31 vs. Indians
Nelson Cruz (1) off Carlos Carrasco
Bottom 5th, runner on first, no outs
Left-center field, 427 feet
Twins 3-0 -> Twins 5-0
Final: Twins 9-3

2.

Game #6
April 5 @ Phillies
Max Kepler (1) off Nick Pivetta
Top 3rd, runner on first, no outs
Right field, 373 feet
Phillies 5-0 -> Phillies 5-2
Final: Phillies 10-4

3.

Game #6
April 5 @ Phillies
Jorge Polanco (1) off Nick Pivetta
Top 5th, no runners on, no outs
Right field, 349 feet
Phillies 6-2 -> Phillies 6-3
Final: Phillies 10-4

4.

Game #7
April 6 @ Phillies
Max Kepler (2) off Jake Arrieta
Top 3rd, no runners on, two outs
Right-center field, 425 feet
Twins 1-0 -> Twins 2-0
Final: Twins 6-2

5.

Game #7
April 6 @ Phillies
Willians Astudillo (1) off Jake Arrieta
Top 5th, no runners on, two outs
Left field, 394 feet
Twins 2-0 -> Twins 3-0
Final: Twins 6-2

6.

Game #7
April 6 @ Phillies
Eddie Rosario (1) off Seranthony Dominguez
Top 9th, runners on first and third, one out
Right field, 383 feet
Twins 3-2 -> Twins 6-2
Final: Twins 6-2

7.

Game #8
April 7 @ Phillies
Max Kepler (3) off Zach Eflin
Top 1st, no runners on, no outs
Right-center fielder, 407 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Phillies 2-1

8.

Game #9
April 9 @ Mets
Mitch Garver (1) off Jacob deGrom
Top 2nd, no runners on, no outs
Center field, 414 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Twins 14-8

9.

Game #9
April 9 @ Mets
Eddie Rosario (2) off Jacob deGrom
Top 3rd, runner on first, one out
Right-center field, 373 feet
Twins 2-1 -> Twins 4-1
Final: Twins 14-8

10.

Game #9
April 9 @ Mets
Mitch Garver (2) off Jacob deGrom
Top 3rd, no runners on, one out
Left-center field, 406 feet
Twins 4-1 -> Twins 5-1
Final: Twins 14-8

11.

Game #9
April 9 @ Mets
Jonathan Schoop (1) off Seth Lugo
Top 6th, no runners on, one out
Left-center field, 422 feet
Twins 6-3 -> Twins 7-3
Final: Twins 14-8

12.

Game #9
April 9 @ Mets
Jorge Polanco (2) off Robert Gsellman
Top 8th, runner on first, two outs
Center field, 398 feet
Twins 8-4 -> Twins 10-4
Final: Twins 14-8

13.

Game #9
April 9 @ Mets
Jonathan Schoop (2) off Jason Vargas
Top 9th, runners on first and second, no outs
Left-center field, 418 feet
Twins 11-4 -> Twins 14-4
Final: Twins 14-8

14.

Game #10
April 10 @ Mets
Mitch Garver (3) off Edwin Diaz
Top 9th, no runners on, one out
Left field, distance unavailable
Mets 9-5 -> Mets 9-6
Final: Mets 9-6

15.

Game #12
April 14 vs. Tigers
C.J. Cron (1) off Jordan Zimmermann
Bottom 3rd, runner on second, one out
Left field, 378 feet
Twins 3-2 -> Twins 5-2
Final: Twins 6-4

16.

Game #12
April 14 vs. Tigers
Eddie Rosario (3) off Daniel Norris
Bottom 7th, no runners on, no outs
Right-center field, 392 feet
Twins 5-2 -> Twins 6-2
Final: Twins 6-4

17.

Game #13
April 15 vs. Blue Jays
C.J. Cron (2) off Matt Shoemaker
Bottom 4th, runners on first and second, one out
Left field, 418 feet
Blue Jays 1-0 -> Twins 3-1
Final: Blue Jays 5-3

18.

Game #14
April 16 vs. Blue Jays
Jorge Polanco (3) off Aaron Sanchez
Bottom 3rd, no runners on, two outs
Right field, 412 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Blue Jays 6-5

19.

Game #14
April 16 vs. Blue Jays
Eddie Rosario (4) off Aaron Sanchez
Bottom 6th, runners on first and second, no outs
Right-center field, 421 feet
Blue Jays 4-1 -> tied 4-4
Final: Blue Jays 6-5

20.

Game #14
April 16 vs. Blue Jays
Marwin Gonzalez (1) off Ken Giles
Bottom 9th, no runners on, no outs
Center field, 437 feet
Blue Jays 6-4 -> Blue Jays 6-5
Final: Blue Jays 6-5

21.

Game #16
April 18 vs. Blue Jays
Eddie Rosario (5) off Clay Buchholz
Bottom 2nd, no runners on, no outs
Right field, 380 feet
Blue Jays 1-0 -> tied 1-1
Final: Blue Jays 7-4

22.

Game #16
April 18 vs. Blue Jays
Eddie Rosario (6) off Tim Mayza
Bottom 8th, no runners on, no outs
Right-center field, 408 feet
Blue Jays 7-3 -> Blue Jays 7-4
Final: Blue Jays 7-4

23.

Game #17
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 1)
Eddie Rosario (7) off Dan Straily
Top 2nd, no runners on, no outs
Right-center field, 415 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Twins 6-5

24.

Game #17
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 1)
Willians Astudillo (2) off Dan Straily
Top 2nd, no runners on, no outs
Left field, 372 feet
Twins 1-0 -> Twins 2-0
Final: Twins 6-5

25.

Game #17
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 1)
Eddie Rosario (8) off Dan Straily
Top 5th, no runners on, two outs
Right field, 367 feet
Orioles 3-2 -> tied 3-3
Final: Twins 6-5

26.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Nelson Cruz (2) off Alex Cobb
Top 1st, runner on first, one out
Left-center field, 410 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 2-0
Final: Twins 16-7

27.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
C.J. Cron (3) off Alex Cobb
Top 1st, no runners on, two outs
Left field, 381 feet
Twins 2-0 -> Twins 3-0
Final: Twins 16-7

28.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Eddie Rosario (9) off Alex Cobb
Top 3rd, runner on second, no outs
Center field, 398 feet
Twins 4-0 -> Twins 6-0
Final: Twins 16-7

29.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Mitch Garver (4) off Mike Wright
Top 3rd, runners on second and third, two outs
Left-center field, 378 feet
Twins 7-0 -> Twins 10-0
Final: Twins 16-7

30.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Jonathan Schoop (3) off Mike Wright
Top 4th, runners on first and third, two outs
Left-center field, 389 feet
Twins 10-0 -> Twins 13-0
Final: Twins 16-7

31.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Mitch Garver (5) off Branden Kline
Top 8th, no runners on, no outs
Left field, 394 feet
Twins 13-4 -> Twins 14-4
Final: Twins 16-7

32.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Nelson Cruz (3) off Branden Kline
Top 8th, no runners on, one out
Center field, 415 feet
Twins 14-4 -> Twins 15-4
Final: Twins 16-7

33.

Game #18
April 20 @ Orioles (Game 2)
Jonathan Schoop (4) off Chris Davis
Top 9th, no runners on, one out
Left-center field, 435 feet
Twins 15-7 -> Twins 16-7
Final: Twins 16-7

34.

Game #20
April 22 @ Astros
Jason Castro (1) off Brad Peacock
Top 2nd, no runners on, no outs
Right-center field, 390 feet
Twins 2-0 -> Twins 3-0
Final: Twins 9-5

35.

Game #20
April 22 @ Astros
Jorge Polanco (4) off Chris Devenski
Top 8th, runner on first, two outs
Right field, 356 feet
Twins 7-5 -> Twins 9-5
Final: Twins 9-5

36.

Game #21
April 23 @ Astros
Eddie Rosario (10) off Wade Miley
Top 1st, runners on first and second, one out
Left field, 339 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 3-0
Final: Astros 10-4

37.

Game #22
April 24 @ Astros
Jorge Polanco (5) off Justin Verlander
Top 4th, no runners on, one out
Right field, 405 feet
Astros 3-0 -> Astros 3-1
Final: Astros 7-1

38.

Game #23
April 26 vs. Orioles
Nelson Cruz (4) off Alex Cobb
Bottom 1st, no runners on, two outs
Center field, 412 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Twins 6-1

39.

Game #23
April 26 vs. Orioles
Eddie Rosario (11) off Alex Cobb
Bottom 1st, no runners on, two outs
Center field, 410 feet
Twins 1-0 -> Twins 2-0
Final: Twins 6-1

40.

Game #23
April 26 vs. Orioles
C.J. Cron (4) off Alex Cobb
Bottom 1st, no runners on, two outs
Left field, 430 feet
Twins 2-0 -> Twins 3-0
Final: Twins 6-1

41.

Game #23
April 26 vs. Orioles
Max Kepler (4) off Alex Cobb
Bottom 4th, no runners on, two outs
Right field, 438 feet
Twins 4-0 -> Twins 5-0
Final: Twins 6-1

42.

Game #23
April 26 vs. Orioles
Nelson Cruz (5) off Gabriel Ynoa
Bottom 5th, no runners on, no outs
Right field, 363 feet
Twins 5-0 -> Twins 6-0
Final: Twins 6-1

43.

Game #24
April 27 vs. Orioles
C.J. Cron (5) off Paul Fry
Bottom 6th, runner on third, one out
Left field, 397 feet
Orioles 2-1 -> Twins 3-2
Final: Twins 9-2

44.

Game #24
April 27 vs. Orioles
Max Kepler (5) off Tanner Scott
Bottom 7th, runner on first, no outs
Right field, 375 feet
Twins 3-2 -> Twins 5-2
Final: Twins 9-2

45.

Game #24
April 27 vs. Orioles
Marwin González (2) off Jimmy Yacabonis
Bottom 8th, no runners on, one out
Right-center field, 435 feet
Twins 5-2 -> Twins 6-2
Final: Twins 9-2

46.

Game #24
April 27 vs. Orioles
Jason Castro (2) off Jimmy Yacabonis
Bottom 8th, runner on third, two outs
Right-center field, 443 feet
Twins 6-2 -> Twins 8-2
Final: Twins 9-2

47.

Game #24
April 27 vs. Orioles
Max Kepler (6) off Jimmy Yacabonis
Bottom 8th, no runners on, two outs
Right field, 433 feet
Twins 8-2 -> Twins 9-2
Final: Twins 9-2

48.

Game #25
April 28 vs. Orioles
Max Kepler (7) off Dylan Bundy
Bottom 1st, no runners on, no outs
Right-center field, 396 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Twins 4-1

49.

Game #25
April 28 vs. Orioles
Byron Buxton (1) off Dylan Bundy
Bottom 3rd, no runners on, no outs
Left-center field, 401 feet
Twins 1-0 -> Twins 2-0
Final: Twins 4-1

50.

Game #26
April 29 vs. Astros
Ehire Adrianza (1) off Justin Verlander
Bottom 3rd, no runners on, no outs
Right field, 397 feet
tied 0-0 -> Twins 1-0
Final: Twins 1-0