Minny Surprises By Out-Slugging NY and Taking Series

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May 29: Minnesota 7, New York 5 (11 innings)

Minnesota came into this series having hit 16 homers all year, barely keeping pace with Lou Gehrig alone (at 14). The Yankees had 78 dingers in the ledger. So naturally, the Twins used the long ball to win the series in the Bronx.

Homers from Tony Oliva and Mickey Vernon aided the Twins taking a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

They almost threw it away when a Rod Carew error in the bottom of that inning helped the Yankees force extras, but smoking hot Sam Rice slammed his first round-tripper of the year in the 11th inning to take the game. Rice has recently replaced the struggling Kirby Puckett as the Twins starting center fielder, and is tearing up the league to the tune of a .464 wOBA (though he only has around half the needed plate appearances to qualify for rate stat leader-boards).

                    R  H BB
MN 012 110 000 02 - 7 13  1
NY 010 010 012 00 - 5  8  7

HR: T. Oliva (5), M. Vernon (5), S. Rice (1),
B. Ruth (13), C. Keller (9)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  7.0  2  2  1  4  4  
R. Clemens   5.0  5  5  2  1  4 

MN 25-24, NY 28-21

May 30: Minnesota 13, New York 7

Mickey Vernon stayed unconscious and drilled five hits, including a triple and a lead-switching three-run homer in the seventh. The Twins held the lead the rest of the way. Sam Rice walked, singled, and tripled twice. Rod Carew slapped four singles and scored thrice.

                  R  H BB
MN 030 000 424 - 13 17  4
NY 003 101 002 -  7 10  6

HR: M. Vernon (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw     7.0  5  5  0  3  5  
W. Hoyt     6.0  6  6  1  2  1 

MN 26-24, NY 28-22

May 31: New York 5, Minnesota 2

On paper, the Twins were in good shape to complete a sweep. Walter Johnson took a 2.36 ERA into the game opposite Bob Shawkey and his 7.04 ERA. So naturally, Shawkey out-dueled Johnson. It was the first start all year in which Shawkey allowed fewer than three earned, while five walks was a season-worst for Johnson. Three of those passes went to Lou Gehrig, who Johnson might have been pitching around.

Sam Rice added another single and triple to his insane series, in which he went 8-for-19 with a walk, one double, three triples, and a homer.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 000 020 - 2 10  2
NY 103 000 10x - 5  8  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  8.0  5  5  0  5  9  
B. Shawkey  8.0  2  2  0  2  1 

MN 26-25, NY 29-22
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