|Twins HR King Connects For 5 Straight off Indians Trevor Bauer|
by Harry Cummins
German-born Max Kepler of the first place Minnesota Twins leads his resurgent team with 23 home runs this season. He might have twice that total if he could face All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians more often.
In the span of two games between these two Central Division rivals, one played on June 6 and the other July 14, Kepler connected for 5 home runs in 5 consecutive at bats against the Indians hurler. Kepler took Bauer deep 3 times on June 6 and followed that up with 2 more home runs in his first two at bats July 14 vs Bauer.
The long ball feat was the longest streak in expansion era history for homers in consecutive at bats against one pitcher in a single season.
This was unfathomable that it happened right before our eyes," said Twins rookie manager Rocco Baldelli. "Nobody had ever seen anything like it."
Indeed they hadn't.