Santana Nearly Perfect, Minny Takes 2 of 3 v. Baltimore

TWIN12.102863.JPGJune 17: Minnesota 4, Baltimore 0

Johan Santana was pure evil and threw what is probably the game of the year so far in this one. Soft singles by Matt Wieters and Ken Williams were the only two plate appearances between Santana and perfection. Santana hurled the masterpiece against the third best offense in the league.

The Twins weren’t creating a whole lot more offense than the Orioles were for the first seven innings and were clinging to a 1-0 lead. The Minnesotans busted out for three runs in the eighth inning to give Santana a little more breathing room as he quickly dispatched of the Orioles in the top of the ninth. The gem brought Santana’s ERA down to 2.23, just a hair behind league leader Roger Clemens at 2.19.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 - 0  2  0
MN  000 100 03x - 4 11  1

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell   7.0  3  3  0  0  1  
J. Santana  9.0  0  0  0  0  7 

BAL 39-28, MN 34-33

June 18: Baltimore 9, Minnesota 0

Jack Powell was nearly as good the next day for Baltimore as Santana had been the day before for the Twins. He yielded five singles and one walk and never permitted a Twin to reach second base in his first shutout of the year. The Orioles made up for their offensive impotence the day before and pounded out 18 knocks, including four each by Frank Robinson and Adam Jones.

                  R  H BB
BAL 104 000 013 - 9 18  3
MN  000 000 000 - 0  5  1

HR: F. Robinson (16), C. Ripken (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell   9.0  0  0  0  1  1  
C. Pascual  7.0  5  5  2  3  4 

BAL 40-28, MN 34-34

June 19: Minnesota 5, Baltimore 1

This time it was Bert Blyleven in the role of dominating starting pitcher. If not for Frank Robinson’s solo blast, it could have been all three games in the series with a pitcher twirling a shutout. Bert probably wasn’t too down about allowing one run in a complete game as the Twins claimed the series. Sam Rice stayed hot for the Twins and collected two singles and a triple.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 000 010 - 1  7  3
MN  011 120 00x - 5 11  2

HR: F. Robinson (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
U. Shocker  5.0  5  5  0  1  0  
B. Blyleven 9.0  1  1  1  3  8 

BAL 40-29, MN 35-34
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