Minnesota Creams Seattle

tonyoJune 20: Minnesota 13, Seattle 9

The Twins are usually a high-average, low-slug kind of a thing, but they thumped Erik Hanson and Mark Langston for 11 extra-base bashes. Tony Oliva led the hit parade with two home run ding dongs. The Mariners mashed Jim Shaw for eight runs in the first three innings, but couldn’t keep up with Minnesota’s torrid scoring pace.

                   R  H BB
MN  505 120 000 - 13 17  2
SEA 404 000 100 -  9 10  8

HR: S. Spence (2), T. Oliva-2 (9), K. Johjima (3)

starters     IP   R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw     7.0   9  9  1  7  3  
E. Hanson   3.0  10 10  1  1  0 

MN 36-34, SEA 32-38

June 21: Minnesota 11, Seattle 4

The teams decided to compare Johnsons for this one. Randy was out-doing Walter, and had recorded 13 Ks, when he passed a 4-2 lead over to the bullpen, but a string of four Seattle relievers (and their defense) were atrocious and gave up nine runs in the last two innings. Tony O added another dinger to the two he hit the day before, and Kirby Puckett had his first four-hit game.

                   R  H BB
MN  000 020 036 - 11 16  5
SEA 002 011 000 -  4 12  2

HR: T. Oliva (10), H. Killebrew (3),
J. Mauer (3), J. Cronin (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  9.0  4  3  0  2  7  
R. Johnson  7.0  2  2  1  4 13 

MN 37-34, SEA 32-39

June 22: Minnesota 6, Seattle 5

Seattle played their best game in the finale, but it still wasn’t enough. Ichiro Suzuki started the bottom of the first with a triple, and Alvin Davis followed him up with a dinger. Minnesota took a one run lead in the third, but Seattle battled back in the bottom of the third, Omar Vizquel spanking a two-run triple to give Seattle a one run lead.

King Felix Hernandez has not been royally good for Seattle so far this year, and he faltered in the sixth when he walked Oliva, and Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, and Joe Mauer got hits to give Minnesota the lead for good and finish off a sweep. The Twins finished the series with the best team batting average, third best team on-base percentage, and ninth best slugging percentage in the league.

                  R  H BB
MN  003 003 000 - 6  8  5
SEA 200 201 000 - 5 10  3

HR: A. Davis (8), R. Cano (6)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Leonard    7.0  5  5  2  1  5  
F. Hernandez  5.1  6  6  0  4  2 

MN 38-34, SEA 32-40
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