Hear, and see, how Cory Provous called the Twins' record home runs

Cruz tied it, Garver set it, Cory describes it

WCCO Radio Newsroom
September 01, 2019 - 8:18 am
Mitch Garver heads to first base after home run 268

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Twins radio play-by-play announcer Cory Provous knew it was coming, and he was ready to capture the moment in history.

Provous was behind the Treasure Island Baseball Network microphone, and WCCO radio, when the Twins tied and broke the record for most home runs by a team in one season.

The homers by Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver came in Saturday's 10-7 loss at Detroit.

Here's the record-tying 267th by Cruz:

And, here's number 268 by Garver

Notice how Cory glanced at his cell phone as Garver's homer headed for the seats, making sure the record function was operating.

With one month to go in the regular season, the Twins remain on pace to hit more than 300 home runs.

"Who thought they were going to maintain, if not exceed, the pace that they were on?" Provous asked aloud?

"We didn't know the ball was going to be flying like this when we left Spring Training," added color commentator Dan Gladden.

There wasn't much of an indication early in the season, either.

The Twins didn't hit their first home run of 2019 until Cruz went deep in their 7-2 win over Cleveland on March 31 in game three of the regular season schedule.

Home run number two was hit by Max Kepler on April 5, a 10-4 loss at Philadelphia in the Twins' sixth game.

Their first big home run expolsion came in game number nine, when six balls were hit over the fence in a 14-8 win over the Mets in New York on April 9.

But the day fans started to take notice was April 20.

That's when the Twins socked 11 home runs in a double-header sweep in Baltimore, including eight in the 16-7 win in game two.

At that time, through 18 games, the Twins had 33 homers.

Home run number 100 was hit by Miguel Sano on May 24, one of three homers in the 11-4 win over the White Sox at Target Field.

It was the team's 50th game of 2019.

The Twins reached 200 homers on July 26 in Chicago when Max Kepler homered in game number 103, a 6-2 win over the Pale Hose.

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