Kent Hrbek Region: #2 vs. #15

#2  Hrbek Hits Grand Slam in Game 6

For the longest time, I thought that Hrbek won game six for the Twins. As it turns out, the REALLY big hit came from Don Baylor the inning before, and the game-winning RBI went to Steve Lombardozzi. But one could argue that Hrbek guaranteed the victory.

Dan Gladden’s grand slam in game one was improbable, but what happened in the sixth inning here was nigh impossible. With one out and the bases loaded, Bob Forsch got Brunansky to pop out. Up next was Hrbek, so Whitey Herzog very correctly called in Ken Dayley to face him. Here were their respective splits that season:

Hrbek versus lefties: 225/290/370, 6 homers in 138 at bats.
Dayley versus lefties: 247/337/301, 0 homers in 73 at bats.

The last time Dayley had given up a homer to a lefty was October, 1985 to Darryl Strawberry. Hell, Dayley had only given up three PERIOD since that homer to Strawberry. He was way more likely to throw Hrbek four straight balls. Hrbek had been pretty brutal all postseason long, especially against lefties.

McGee Goes Back!

Man, I got shivers again.

#15  Hicks Shows Off His Cannon

So he misplayed the bounce a little bit, but I love how nonchalant he is, like it's a forgone conclusion Wells was going to be out.

The Better Moment

  • Hrbek Grand Slam (89%, 16 Votes)
  • Hicks Cannon (11%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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The Better Moment

  • Brad Radke Wins #20 (74%, 14 Votes)
  • Jack Morris Escapes Jam in 5th Inning (26%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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The Better Moment

  • 3-2-3 Double Play (79%, 15 Votes)
  • Winfield's 3000th hit (21%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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The Better Moment

  • Hrbek Tags Out Gant (77%, 17 Votes)
  • Bobby Korecky: First Hit, First Win (23%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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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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13 thoughts on “Kent Hrbek Region: #2 vs. #15”

  1. I think that's Michaels in the Hrbek clip, right? Good of him to let the crowd tell the story there.

    Recency bias, but I remember that Marwin gun down also being pretty amazing for the camera angle alone.

  2. I found myself sitting next to the Wild's former assistant GM during the 18-inning game against Boston. During our many, many innings of chatting, he mentioned that he's somehow become friends with Ken Dayley, and that he will surreptitiously sneak a reference to this at bat to him every couple of years to get a rise out of him.

    1. (Also, this is how out conversation started around the third inning:

      Him: I notice you have a pretty elaborate scorebook. Can I throw out a hypothetical and see how you would score it?

      Me: Sure

      Him: [Throws out hypothetical about a batted ball hitting a baserunner.]

      Me: [Tells him how to correctly score it.]

      Him: Nice, I always like to ask people scoring games that question when I'm sitting near them. You're the first person to answer correctly since Barbara Bush.

      Me: [sounding a little like Inigo Montoya] Who are you?

  3. I remember the Herbie slam like it was yesterday. A friend and I were in Madison for the afternoon making arrangements to go to Badger football game later in the year. I had lost a little faith in the team after 3 straight losses, but I made him stop at a bar so we could watch the game and I remember telling him that they had to pinch hit for Hrbek in that situation.

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