Monday, February 4, 2013

Power outage hit Metrodome in '92

Most sports fans are well aware that the Super Bowl was played last night. Those that watched the game also know that one of the biggest story lines of the night was when a power surge caused the lights to go out in the Superdome. It took about a half an hour for the whole ordeal to get worked out and for the players to get back on the field. 

The Twins played under the Metrodome roof for close to three decades and there are bound to be a few mishaps along the way. Everyone will remember the roof collapse a couple of seasons ago but that came after the Twins had moved across town to Target Field. There were some other delays when the Twins played at the Dome including multiple roof tears caused by heavy snow.

A power outage also fits into the history of the Twins in their time under the roof of a domed stadium. On August 29, 1992, there was a power outage that caused a 23-minute delay in the game versus the New York Yankees. The outage happened in the third inning but there wasn't as much excitement after the outage as there was in last night's game. 

The Yankees would get out to a 3-0 first inning lead after some ineffective pitching from Bill Krueger with two outs in the frame. Don Mattingly cracked a double to get the rally started. After a walk to Danny Tartabull, Roberto Kelly hit a single that would score Mattingly from second. Another walk would load the bases before Jim Leyritz knocked a single to drive in two runs.

Krueger would run into some similar issues in the second inning. He gave up a single to leadoff hitter Bernie Williams before walking Randy Velarde. Don Mattingly would be retired without any damage but Tartabull would provide all the pop for New York. His three-run home run would open up a 6-0 lead for the Yankees and they seemed to be well in control of the game.

Minnesota would mount a small comeback in the bottom of the second inning to cut the lead in half. Shane Mack would coax a walk from Bob Wickman to start the frame. After Brian Harper advanced Mack to second, a single from Gene Larkin would put runners on the corners. Scott Leius would single and then steal second ahead of a double from Greg Gagne. Minnesota was getting closer and there was still plenty of baseball left in the game.

The power outage would come in the next inning and it didn't seem to have too much of an impact on the game. Both starting pitchers would stay in the game. Wickman would go on to pitch eight innings and earn his first big league win in only his second start. Krueger got pulled after four innings and he was saddled with his six loss of the season. 

If the power outage had any impact, it was to cool down the offenses for both teams. There would only be five more hits in the rest of the game, three for New York and two for Minnesota. Also there would be no runs scored by either team. The power outage was just that for the two offenses in what looked like a slugfest after two frames. 

Close to 35,000 fans were there to witness the lights going out in the Metrodome. It wasn't nearly as big of stage as the Super Bowl but these things happen in stadiums of this size. San Francisco was able to turn the game around after the lights came back on. 

Too bad Minnesota couldn't do the same back in 1992.

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