Kent Hrbek Region: #5 vs. #12

#5 Eric Milton No-Hits the Angels

Like most of us I assume I was not paying much attention to the Twins in 1999.  I had just started my first year of college the week before and they hadn't been good in so long I barely knew who was on the team.  Honestly, when I read the paper the next day I'm pretty sure I thought, "Who's Eric Milton?" Turned out he was pretty decent and his trade continued the amazing Knoblauch trade tree.

Anyway, here's another glorious call by Herb Carneal.

#12 Señor Smoke Strikes Out Four Batters, Saves ALCS Game 2

In the 8th inning Blyleven allowed a homer to Lou Whitaker and a single to Darrell Evans and Kelly pulled him in favor of Berenguer.  While this kind of save situation would normally not make a manager nervous, the Twins bullpen in '87 outside of Berenguer and late season Reardon was pretty abysmal.  And the Tigers offense was a juggernaut.

Berenguer struck out Kirk Gibson and got Alan Trammell to ground out to end the threat.  And then in the 9th he turned into a modern day reliever by getting Matt Nokes, Chet Lemon, and Pat Sheridan to strike out to put the Twins up 2-0 heading to Detroit.

You can watch the whole game on YouTube of course.  Here's a snippet that includes more great announcing by Carneal.

The Better Moment

  • Eric Milton No-Hitter (55%, 12 Votes)
  • Juan Berenguer Saves ALCS Game 2 (45%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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The Better Moment

  • Pedro Munoz Walks Off in 22nd Inning (65%, 13 Votes)
  • Twins Win 15 In A Row (35%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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The Better Moment

  • Larkin Walks It Off (96%, 23 Votes)
  • Mike Sweeney Pops Into Infield Fly Double Play, Gets Nailed by Dougie (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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11 thoughts on “Kent Hrbek Region: #5 vs. #12”

  1. I adore that Milton's No-hitter was probably the least-watched no-hitter ever. The game got bumped to an 11:05 a.m. start because of a Gopher football game that night.

      1. If you did, it was a replay. The game was not televised live. FSN (which at the time was probably still MSC) did later show it, using the Metrodome cameras and the radio play-by-play.

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