Minnesota’s Santana & Johnson Tame New York Bats

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July 31: Minnesota 9, New York 4

Minnesota took the singles train to Yankee Stadium and swatted 12 one-baggers. Harmon Killebrew nabbed five singles in five plate appearances. Kirby Puckett broke the mold with a double and a homer.

Johan Santana held the big New York bats to three runs, all on a Robinson Cano dinger.

                 R  H BB
MN 210 005 010 - 9 14  4
NY 030 000 000 - 3  6  5
HR: K. Puckett (4), R. Cano (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  7.0  3  3  1  4  5  
L. Gomez    5.2  8  5  1  2  0 

MN 57-46, NY 54-49

August 1: Minnesota 5, New York 3

After facing Santana and his #1 ERA, the Yankees got to face Walter Johnson with the second best ERA in the loop. The Big Train also held NY to three runs, but in a complete game. The Twins again placed 12 singles in this one. Tony Oliva and the streaking Joe Mauer collected three apiece.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 004 100 - 5 13  2
NY 000 100 020 - 3 10  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   9.0  3  3  0  2  6  
R. Caldwell  6.1  5  2  0  2  4 

MN 58-46, NY 54-50

August 2: New York 8, Minnesota 6

After the suffocating pitching of Santana & Johnson, Inc., the Yanks teed off on Bert Blyleven with a vengeance. Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Cano all slammed homers against Bly in the first inning, earning him the hook after recording just two outs. Dutch Leonard came on in relief and was greeted with the Yankees’ fourth homer of the inning, this time courtesy of Alex Rodriguez, for the Yankees fifth run of the inning.

You’d think the game might have been over then and there, but the Twins actually stormed back to take a 6-5 lead in the fourth. Mauer was huge again and went 4-for-4 with a double and a dinger. He has 21 hits in his last nine games.

But A-Rod hit his second homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 6-6, and Charlie Keller, Gehrig, and Bill Dickey put some hits together in the seventh inning to score the winning runs.

This was the fifth straight series win for Minnesota, and they now find themselves in third place and just three games out.

                 R  H BB
MN 002 211 000 - 6 15  1
NY 500 001 20x - 8 11  2
HR: H. Killebrew (6), J. Mauer (6), L. Gehrig (28),
B. Ruth (23), R. Cano (12), A. Rodriguez-2 (14)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  0.2  4  4  3  0  1  
R. Clemens   4.1  5  5  1  1  2 

MN 58-47, NY 55-50

 

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