Mariners Greatest Hits: Dan “The Man” Wilson’s Top Outings
April 11th, 1996
It was a day to remember, Dan Wilson would hit three home runs in a game. It was a Thursday afternoon game in Detroit and Wilson’s homers helped the Mariners win 9-1 against the Tigers.
The first home run came in the top of the second inning; it was a two-run shot to deep right field off of Greg Gohr. The long bomb increased the Mariners winning percentage by 18% to 65%.
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The second home run came in the top of the seventh inning, a solo bomb to deep left field off of Mike Christopher, the score was now 3-0 all thanks to Wilson.
When Wilson came to the plate the very next inning, he delivered again with another solo shot to left field off of Christopher. The Mariners were now ahead 7-0. His third dinger of the day increased the Mariners win percentage to 99%.
Behind the plate, Wilson helped Randy Johnson punch out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings.
Ken Griffey Jr. and Russ Davis also hit home runs in this early season rout of the Tigers.
Wilson finished the game with 12 total bases and three two-out RBIs.
Other notable Mariners to hit three round trippers in a game include Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez, and of course, Mike Cameron who hit four in a game.