I used a random number generator to pick a season from the past with the idea that I would quickly highlight the Twins history that occurred today in that year. The generator sent me to the year 2007.
Detroit 8, Twins 0 – BR Boxscore
Somebody named Yorman Bazardo pitched seven shutout innings against the Twins in his second major league start. The Twins were punchless behind Matt Garza. The Tigers led 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning but a hit batter, an error, a double, an intentional walk, and two singles chased Garza from the game. Julio (Chuck James before there was Chuck James) DePaula allowed two runs in mop-up work as the game got out of hand. Magglio Ordonez homered and doubled pushing his batting average to .359 while Curtis Granderson hit his major-league leading twenty-third triple.
Garrett Jones’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Twins. The Twins were shutout for the fourteenth time on the season, tying a franchise-record and leading the majors for the season.
Twins notes: In a little foreshadowing of the personality-clash, Gardenhire rebuked Garza’s performance after the game. “The game was going along OK and Garza was throwing good, but he did it to himself again. He lost control of the game,” Gardenhire said. “He’s so intense and he gets out of whack. When you’re screaming at yourself on the mound, it doesn’t bode well.”
He did add, “He was OK until he got some adversity, but that’s when you have to control the game. He’s a young man with a great arm, and he’ll get there.” Garza would start the season finale five days later in his final appearance with the team.
The Twins were inching their way towards their first losing season since 2000. “We don’t want to get comfortable being a losing team, so we want to get to .500,” Torii Hunter said after playing his career-high 155th game of the season.
Other notes: The Tigers were not quite mathematically eliminated from the Wild Card yet, but they knew the writing was on the wall (their elimination number was one).