May 2: Cleveland 8, Minnesota 6
The Naps got off on the right foot, thanks in large part to Joe Jackson’s 3-for-4 day with a walk and a triple. Manny Ramirez and Lou Boudreau hit back-to-back triples in the fifth. The Twins threatened to make up a four run deficit in the ninth – Vean Gregg had recorded one out, but the Twins had scored two and put a runner on first when Cleveland manager/shortstop Boudreau called on reliever Doug Jones to finish things off. Stan Spence, the first batter Jones faced, doubled, putting runners on second and third with still just one out. Jones managed to get the next two batters to roll harmless grounders and closed out the game.
R H BB MN 002 010 102 - 6 12 6 CLE 200 050 10x - 8 15 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Shaw 4.2 7 7 0 2 0 V. Gregg 8.1 6 6 0 6 3 MN 13-12, CLE 14-11
May 3: Minnesota 11, Cleveland 0
Walter Johnson was absolutely filthy yet again and hurled his second shutout. It was the fourth straight game he’s pitched a full nine innings, and he took over the league ERA lead as it fell way down to 1.73. Tris Speaker was the only Clevelander to manage a hit (a single and a double), and Joe Jackson made it to first on a hit by pitch. Speaker’s double was the only time a Nap visited second base, and Speaker went no further. Meanwhile, every Minnesotan rang out at least one hit. Cecil Travis led the way with three knocks and a walk.
R H BB MN 220 600 100 - 11 15 5 CLE 000 000 000 - 0 2 1 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO W. Johnson 9.0 0 0 0 1 6 A. Joss 3.1 8 8 0 1 0 MN 14-12, CLE 14-12
May 3: Minnesota 4, Cleveland 2
The rubber match was a beauty. Joe Mauer homered in the first inning, after which starters Johan Santana and Sam McDowell were masterful. The Twins were still clinging to their 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Cleveland’s Al Rosen doubled, and Larry Doby knocked a go-ahead ding dong on a rare mistake pitch by Santana. But the Twins were able to answer against McDowell quickly in the top of the eighth. Mauer led off with a walk, Kirby Puckett singled, Stan Spence singled in Mauer to tie it up, and Mickey Vernon hit a sac-fly and the Twins were back in front by a run again. Mauer drove in Joe Cronin for an insurance run in the ninth, and Al Worthington and Joe Nathan each threw a perfect inning to secure the game and series win. Mauer had a monster game with a walk, single, double, and homer.
R H BB MN 100 000 021 - 4 7 5 CLE 000 000 200 - 2 4 1 HR: J. Mauer (2), L. Doby (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Santana 7 2 2 1 1 6 S. McDowell 8 3 3 1 5 7 MN 15-12, CLE 14-13