Minnesota Defeats Anaheim in 2 of 3

May 26: Minnesota 8, Anaheim 3

Throwing Walter Johnson against the woebegone Angels lineup hardly seems fair, but that’s just what Minnesota did to open the series. The Angels managed three runs during Walter’s complete game while the Twins hitters knocked Andy Messersmith and his sloppy defenders around for eight runs in the first five innings. Stan Spence spanked his first dinger of the year.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 020 001 - 3  8  1
MN  105 110 00x - 8 10  3

HR: S. Spence (1)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  5.0  8  6  1  2  3  
W. Johnson      9.0  3  3  0  1  8 

ANA 14-33, MN 23-23

May 27: Anaheim 4, Minnesota 1

Anaheim taking a single game in the series counted as a minor upset. In what has been a miserable season so far, Jered Weaver has been a small bright spot, and he built on that with some impressive hurling in this one. After Weaver put two men on with one out in the sixth, Angels manager Mike Scioscia called in his fireman Troy Percival. Percival whiffed Sam Rice and got Joe Mauer to groundout.

Torii Hunter, Erick Aybar, Bob Boone, and Bobby Grich all had hits for Anaheim in the fifth inning to put up three runs against Dutch Leonard, and Troy Glaus added a solo homer in the ninth.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 030 001 - 4 9  1
MN  000 100 000 - 1 5  3

HR: T. Glaus (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver   5.1  1  1  0  3  2  
D. Leonard  7.0  3  3  0  1  1 

ANA 15-33, MN 23-24

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Pascual

May 28: Minnesota 9, Anaheim 0

Camilo Pascual has really found his game over the last four starts, in which he has allowed only four earned runs in 31.2 innings. This comes after allowing 21 earned runs in his previous 18.1 innings. He hardly broke a sweat shutting out Anaheim.

Minnesota slapped Kelvim Escobar for seven runs almost before the game began. Frank Tanana tamed the Twins bats from there, but it was too late to matter. Harmon Killebrew and Joe Cronin both had three hits with a double, and Tony Oliva added three hits with a homer.

The Twins are now allowing the fewest runs per game in the league at 4.27, and the Angels are scoring the least at 4.06.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  7  4
MN  250 000 002 - 9 15  2

HR: T. Oliva (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  1.1  7  7  1  1  1  
C. Pascual  9.0  0  0  0  4  5 

ANA 15-34, MN 24-24
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