MINNEAPOLIS – If there’s any opponent the twins need to exorcise some demons against, it’s the New York Yankees – and it sure felt like there was a little extra satisfaction in the cheers from the Target Field crowd as the twins made some loud history against their enemies from long-running to start Thursday’s series finale.
Facing Yankees ace Gerrit Cole in the rubber game of a three-game series, the Twins kicked off the night with back-to-back blasts from Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa, marking the first time in Twins franchise history and the seventh time in history. AL/NL (since at least 1900) in which a team opened a game with three long balls in a row.
It is the first time in Yankees history that a club starter has allowed homers for the first three hitters of a game, and also the first time in Cole’s career that he has lost three homers in an inning, let alone consecutively.
Here’s the complete list of teams to open a three-homer game since 1900, courtesy of Sarah Langs of MLB.com:
Gemini (June 9, 2022)
D-backs (June 10, 2019)
D-backs (July 21, 2017)
Orioles (May 10, 2012)
Brewers (September 9, 2007)
Braavos (May 28, 2003)
Priests (April 13, 1987)
The Twins put Buxton and Arraez at the top of their roster to hit Arraez’s lead against right-handed starters more often in recent games, and it paid off against Cole on Thursday. Arraez started the game by crushing a 2-2 exchange at about 396 feet in right field for his second home home of the season and the first start blast of his career.
Buxton followed by pulling a first-step slider at about 422 feet to the third deck in left field, continuing to come out of his prolonged slump in May. Correa followed up shooting a mower that came back to earth about 413 feet away at center left for his first blast since dropping off the COVID casualty list on Wednesday, a comeback that finally made the top of this lineup again.
The Twins continued their rally against Cole in the second when Buxton crushed his second home home of the game, a three-run blast that marked his 15th of the season and his fourth home in six games in June. That explosion also had a bit of history, as it marked the second game this year that Buxton went deep in both the first and second rounds. This made the center camper the second player in franchise history to do so multiple times in one season, joining Harmon Killebrew (1969).
Such is the potential of the Gemini formation at full strength now that it is finally healthy, anchored by its stars and productive following Correa’s return. The Twins had already achieved season records for Jameson Taillon and Nestor Cortes for runs allowed in the first two games of the series, and Buxton’s second homer set a new season record for runs allowed for Cole as well – in addition to his spot on the side. wrong of the story a frame earlier.