Minnesota Aces Turn NY Bats Limp In Sweep

June 27: Minnesota 11, New York 5

Walter Johnson gave up four walks and nine hits, but none of the extra base variety. That’s no small trick against NY, by far the sluggingest team in the league.

Meanwhile, the Twins knocked 17 hits, six for extra bases. Sam Rice had four hits and two triples.

                  R  H BB
NY 000 030 200 -  5  9  4
MN 002 220 50x - 11 17  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  4.1  6  6  0  2  0  
W. Johnson  9.0  5  3  0  4  6 

NY 43-33, MN 40-36

santanaJune 28: Minnesota 5, New York 1

Johan Santana tamed the Yankee bats even more the next day. He gave up just four hits (three to Alex Rodriguez) and all were singles. Santana barely missed throwing a second straight shutout after a pair of walks in the top of the ninth prompted a pitching change. Joe Nathan finished off the game, allowing one inherited runner to score. Tony Oliva had three hits, including a double, which was the only extra base knock of the game. Santana lowered his league-best ERA to 2.13.

For the first time all season, Lou Gehrig failed to reach base safely in two consecutive games.

                 R H BB
NY 000 000 001 - 1 4  4
MN 200 010 11x - 5 7  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Gomez    7.0  4  3  0  2  3  
J. Santana  8.1  1  1  0  4  9 

NY 43-34, MN 41-36

June 29: Minnesota 4, New York 2

After 21 innings in the series without a New York extra base hit, Charlie Keller launched a two-run round-tripper in the fourth inning. The Yankees still trailed by a run, and it was the extent of New York’s scoring. Camilo Pascual somehow tiptoed around eight walks in his seven innings to again frustrate New York’s bats and lead the way to a convincing sweep.

Keller’s dinger was the only homer of the series for either team. Minnesota has by far the fewest homers in the loop, but leads the league in hits (802), triples (51), and batting average (.283).

                 R H BB
NY 000 200 000 - 2 6  8
MN 111 010 00x - 4 9  4

HR: C. Keller (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Caldwell  5.0  4  4  0  2  2  
C. Pascual   7.0  2  2  1  8  5 

NY 43-35, MN 42-36
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