Goslin Triples Boost Minnesota To Series Win in New York

September 18: New York 9, Minnesota 1

The sluggers won the series opening match-up between the strongest and weakest power hitting teams in the league. Herb Pennock held the low-power, high-average Twins to one run in a complete game, Lou Gehrig took back sole possession of the home run lead with his 39th, and Charlie Keller went yoinko twice.

                 R  H BB
MN 000 000 100 - 1 10  1
NY 100 101 33x - 9 12  4

HR: G. Goslin (6), C. Keller-2 (22), L. Gehrig (39)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Leonard  6.1  5  5  1  2  1  
H. Pennock  9.0  1  1  1  1  3 

MN 80-71, NY 79-72

September 19: Minnesota 6, New York 1

The tables turned the next day as the Twins rode eight singles and six walks to victory. Other than a Derek Jeter solo joint, Camilo Pascual kept the Yanks in the park.

                 R H BB
MN 500 100 000 - 6 8  6
NY 000 000 100 - 1 7  3
HR: D. Jeter (10)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascaul   7.1  1  1  1  2  4  
W. Hoyt      8.0  6  6  0  6  0 

MN 81-71, NY 79-73

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September 20: Minnesota 7, New York 4 (10 innings)

ERA leader Johan Santana had a rare mediocre start and got taken to the seats by Keller and A-Rod. Gehrig became the first player to 200 hits with a first-inning triple.

But Goose Goslin smacked a two-RBI triple in the sixth inning to get Minnesota within a run, and Joe Cronin singled Goslin home to tie it up.

David Robertson was hurling for New York in the top of the 10th and put Mickey Vernon and Kirby Puckett on base with walks. Goslin then hit his second two-RBI triple of the game and came around to score his third run of the day to put the series away for Minnesota.

                   R H BB
MN 010 003 000 3 - 7 9  5
NY 020 110 000 0 - 4 9  1

HR: C. Keller (23), A. Rodriguez (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  4  4  2  0  7  
L. Gomez    6.0  4  4  0  2  3 

MN 82-71, NY 79-74

Kansas City In Good Position After Stunning Sweep of Minnesota

September 15: Kansas City 2, Minnesota 0 (11 innings)

Two of the weakest offenses in the league got off to an appropriate start by not scoring for 10 innings. Bret Saberhagen pitched into extra innings for the first time and was superb, throwing 10 shutout innings while issuing just one walk. Johan Santana was similarly stingy for five innings, after which he was pulled to preserve his innings for a couple of more short starts to come.

It figured that the Royals would find the going easier against long reliever Firpo Marberry, but Firpo refused to allow a run in four innings, and Joe Nathan then threw a perfect 10th for Minnesota. Then in the top of the 11th, Jesse Crain took over the mound for the Twins. After a single by Danny Tartabull, John Mayberry, replacing Mike Sweeney at first base, strode to the plate for the first time in the game. Big John has been KC’s MVP this season, and he added another feather to his cap with a game-busting dinger. Mayberry has reached safely in 58 of last 89 plate appearances (.652 OBP).

Greg Holland nailed down the bottom of the 11th for the Royals.

                    R  H BB
KC 000 000 000 02 - 2 11  0
MN 000 000 000 00 - 0  6  1
HR: J. Mayberry (23)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  10.0  0  0  0  1  3  
J. Santana      5.0  0  0  0  0  9 

KC 78-70, MN 80-68

sweenSeptember 16: Kansas City 8, Minnesota 1

The Royals were thrilled to steal a game that Santana started, but the going looked tougher the next day as Walter Johnson took the hill with loads of inning still under his belt. But a minor miracle occurred – they actually hit the Big Train. Willie Wilson, George Brett, and Willie Aikens all singled and the Royals had already plated two runs in the first inning before Jose Offerman lined one of the most shocking home runs of the season. It was his first of the year, and only the THIRD given up all season by Johnson in 260 innings! The two-run dinger gave the Royals a quick 4-0 lead after half an inning.

Then Danny Jackson went to work on one of his finest days of the season. He went the distance on the hill and gave up just one run while walking zilch.

In the seventh, Harmon Killebrew made an error at third base that elongated another Royals rally. Alcides Escobar and Tartabull had already doubled in the inning before Sweeney took Johnson to the seats. That’s right – in his first 259 innings of the season, Walter gave up two jacks, and then in his next seven innings, the Royals tagged him for two more.

                 R  H BB
KC 400 000 400 - 8 12  1
MN 001 000 000 - 1  8  0

HR: M. Sweeney (13), J. Offerman (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  9.0  1  1  0  0  4  
W. Johnson  6.2  8  5  2  1  6 

KC 79-70, MN 80-69

September 17: Kansas City 8, Minnesota 2

The Royals completed the massively helpful sweep on the strength of more noisy bats and another great start, this time courtesy of Mark Gubicza. Goobie threw a complete game and gave up two unearned runs. The Twins scored three runs in the entire series, and only one of them was earned.

Sweeney’s second homer in as many days was the highlight of a full-team offensive attack by KC.

Having come into the series tied with Seattle atop the Expansion Division, the thrilling sweep moved the Royals into great position as they await the results of the Mariners series against Detroit.

                 R  H BB
KC 110 015 400 - 8 12  1
MN 020 000 000 - 2  5  3
HR: M. Sweeney (14)
starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Gubicza   9.0  2  0  0  3  4  
G. Mogridge  5.0  5  5  1  0  1 

KC 80-70, MN 80-70

With Sweep, Minnesota Moves Into Tie For 2nd and Seattle Backs Into Tie For 1st

September 12: Minnesota 5, Seattle 4 (10 innings)

The Mariners made a spirited come-back capped off with a Kyle Seager blast that forced extra innings, but Minnesota wrapped it up quickly in the bottom of the 10th with a Stan Spence walk, Rod Carew single, and Joe Mauer grounder that allowed Spence to score from third.

                    R H BB
SEA 001 100 011 0 - 4 9  3
MN  200 002 000 1 - 5 6  5
HR: K. Seager (18), K. Puckett (7)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson   6.0  4  4  1  3  8  
G. Mogridge  7.2  3  2  0  3  2 

SEA 77-68, MN 78-67

killerSeptember 13: Minnesota 14, Seattle 7

The hits just kept coming for both teams, 35 base knocks in all. But the Twins had more base-runners and were more efficient at bringing them home and turned the game into a blow-out. Seven different players in the game reached base safely three times, and Harmon Killebrew led everybody with four safe reaches (three singles and a walk).

                   R  H BB
SEA 210 000 040 -  7 16  0
MN  420 403 01x - 14 19  5
HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (25), N. Cruz (4)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Langston  3.0  9  9  0  4  3  
D. Leonard   7.1  6  6  2  0  5 

SEA 77-69, MN 79-67

September 14: Minnesota 3, Seattle 1

Seattle needed a win to maintain sole possession of first place in the Expansion, but the well pitched contest went Minnesota’s way again, and Kansas City moved into a tie for first with the Mariners. The Mariners seem to be completely different teams when facing the two divisions. They have a terrible, league-worst interdivision record of 12-33, but have beat up on their own division to the tune of a league-best 65-37.

Goose Goslin led a balanced Minnesota attack with a double and a homer. The sweep kept Minnesota’s hopes alive and moved them into a tie for second place with Oakland, seven games behind Boston. Minnesota and Oakland each have three games remaining against the Red Sox.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 001 000 - 1 7  2
MN  001 101 00x - 3 9  2

HR: G. Goslin (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   6.0  3  3  1  0  1  
C. Pascual  7.2  1  1  0  2  6 

SEA 77-70, MN 80-67

Minnesota Comes Out Ahead in Chicago as Both Teams Try To Hang In Pennant Race

September 9: Minnesota 9, Chicago 2

Ever since Eddie Cicotte tossed a shutout 13 starts ago, he has hit a rough patch. In his 12 most recent starts, he’s carrying a 4.79 ERA that was weighted down by five Minnesota runs in this one. Cecil Travis, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, and Rod Carew all reached safely in succession against Cicotte in the fifth inning to push across three. Meanwhile, Camilo Pascual went the distance for Minnesota while giving up two runs on solo dingers.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 131 040 - 9 12  2
CHI 000 000 200 - 2  4  2
HR: J. Abreu (4), R. Ventura (8)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual   9.0  2  2  2  2  4  
E. Cicotte   6.0  5  5  0  0  0 

MN 76-66, CHI 76-66

September 10: Chicago 4, Minnesota 1

Johan Santana had a merely OK start that was also his worst outing of the year. Joe Jackson and Frank Thomas both took Santana yard, but with 26 starts under his belt, and only two or three left in his season, Santana is still yet to have a truly bad game.

But OK wasn’t good enough in this start against a locked-in Ed Walsh, who allowed only the first Minnesota batter of the game to score in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
MN  100 000 000 - 1  5  1
CHI 101 010 10x - 4 10  2

HR: J. Jackson (10), F. Thomas (21)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana   5.0  3  2  2  1  5  
E. Walsh     9.0  1  1  0  1  4 

MN 76-67, CHI 77-66

Minnesota Twins v New York YankeesSeptember 11: Minnesota 4, Chicago 1

Walter Johnson appeared to be cruising towards another shutout through seven innings, but the bottom of Chicago’s order surprised everyone by loading the bases in the bottom of the eighth before Johnson had recorded an out. Out came the Big Train and in came Joe Nathan, who retired all three of his batters while allowing just one of Johnson’s inherited runners to tally. Joe Mauer knocked three singles in the leadoff spot for Minnesota that contributed to two of the team’s four runs.

The teams’ records stand tied at 77-66, seven games back from front-runner Boston with 18 games to play. Chicago and Minnesota both have three games remaining against the Red Sox.

                  R  H BB
MN  012 010 000 - 4 10  2
CHI 000 000 010 - 1  4  5
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   7.0  1  1  0  5  6  
T. Lee       6.0  4  4  0  1  0 

MN 77-67, CHI 77-67

Starting Pitchers Dazzle In Detroit Series Win in Minnesota

September 6: Detroit 1, Minnesota 0

Tommy Bridges had a game he’ll be telling his grandkids about: a complete game shutout victory over a sharp Walter Johnson. Ty Cobb started the game with a walk against Johnson, and Miguel Cabrera and Bobby Veach punched singles in the inning to tally what ended up being the only run of the day. No Minnesotan managed an extra base hit or made it to third base in the contest.

                  R H BB
DET 100 000 000 - 1 5  3
MN  000 000 000 - 0 4  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Bridges  9.0  0  0  0  2  3  
W. Johnson  9.0  1  1  0  3  5 

DET 67-72, MN 74-65

September 7: Detroit 5, Minnesota 2

The Tigers got another excellent start the next day, this time from Schoolboy Rowe in just his third game. Rowe’s ERA stands at 1.85 after pitching 24.1 innings.

                  R  H BB
DET 000 050 000 - 5 10  1
MN  100 001 000 - 2  6  3

HR: A. Kaline (11)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Rowe      9.0  2  1  0  3  1  
G. Mogridge  4.1  5  5  1  1  0 

DET 68-72, MN 74-66

September 8: Minnesota 1, Detroit 0 (11 innings)

It’s been a frustrating year for Justin Verlander, and even on a day when he pitched by far his best game of the year, it still ended in frustration. Verlander could do no wrong as he threw 10 shutout innings, his first start of more than nine innings and his first start without allowing at least one run. But Dutch Leonard, Eddie Guardado, and Joe Nathan were also in their sins for Minnesota and the suffocating hurling kept the game nil-nil through ten and a half innings. Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson finally called on a reliever to begin the bottom of the 11th. Doug Brocail got his first man, but Goose Goslin then wrapped up the proceedings with a laser to the seats to walk off one hell of a pitchers duel and cap off one of the better pitched series of the entire season.

                     R H BB
DET 000 000 000 00 - 0 6  0
MN  000 000 000 01 - 1 7  4
HR: G. Goslin (4)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Verlander  10.0  0  0  0  4 11 
D. Leonard     7.2  0  0  0  0  0 

DET 68-73, MN 75-66

Minnesota Claims Series Against Oakland

September 3: Oakland 10, Minnesota 3

Lots of A’s were hitterish in this one. Rickey Henderson led the pack with four hits that included a double and a triple, plus two swipes of second base and four runs scored.

                   R  H BB
OAK 301 001 203 - 10 16  3
MN  001 010 001 -  3  7  5

HR: J. Foxx (24), J. Mauer (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Zito     7.2  2  2  1  5  3  
D. Leonard  6.0  5  4  1  1  1 

OAK 76-60, MN 72-64

pascualSeptember 4: Minnesota 4, Oakland 1

Camilo Pascual held the A’s bats in check much better the next day. Joe Mauer was perfect at the plate with three walks and one triple, but collected no RBI nor runs scored. Sam Rice started the bottom of the fifth with a walk that was followed by doubles by Stan Spence and Rod Carew.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 000 100 - 1 6  5
MN  001 020 01x - 4 7  6
HR: M. Cochrane (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell  4.0  3  3  0  5  2  
C. Pascual  7.0  1  1  1  3  4 

OAK 76-61, MN 73-64

September 5: Minnesota 3, Oakland 2

Minnesota boarded the singles train to take the rubber match. All 13 of their hits were of the one-base variety.

Both teams are still holding on to pennant hopes. The A’s are three games back and the Twins five.

                  R  H BB
OAK 000 010 010 - 2  8  2
MN  000 200 10x - 3 13  0

HR: M. McGwire (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.0  3  3  0  0  4  
J. Santana  5.1  1  1  1  0  3 

OAK 76-62, MN 74-64

KC Edges Into First, Boston Pads Their Narrow Lead, and All the Action From Aug. 31-Sep. 2

August 31: Kansas City 6, Texas 3 (13 inn.)
September 1: Kansas City 5, Texas 2
September 2: Kansas City 6, Texas 5

The Royals pulled off their second straight series sweep, after which they found themselves with a half-game lead atop the Expansion Division. Game one was a doozy. DH Willie Aikens crushed a home run in his first plate appearance of the season, and then added another dinger in the sixth to boost KC to a 3-2 lead. Jeff Montgomery got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth for KC, but a pinch-hitting Al Oliver doubled and Julio Franco knocked him in to send the game to extras. In the top of the 13th, Kevin Seitzer and Willie Wilson started things with back-to-back walks, and later in the inning Danny Tartabull, Hal McRae, and Jose Offerman knocked three hits in a row. Aikens added a double and another homer later in the series. The Royals are streaking, having won 11 of their last 13, and it looks like a two-horse race in the Expansion Division between KC and Seattle. Third-place Texas is 10 games out of first.


August 31: Boston 7, Oakland 4
September 1: Boston 4, Oakland 1
September 2: Oakland 2, Boston 0

It was a big series in Oakland as the top two teams in the Original Division met with just two games separating number one Boston from the A’s. Oakland got out to a 4-2 lead in the first game (Jimmie Foxx homered for both teams), but Ted Williams slammed a three-run dinger in the top of the eighth to put Boston up for good. Boston ensured they would be remaining alone in first after the series by taking game two as well. Smoky Joe Wood was wicked for Boston, holding Oakland to one run, which was Wood’s 11th straight start without allowing more than three runs. Oakland’s Chief Bender and Rube Walberg handled most of the mound duties in the finale as the A’s kept the Sox off the scoreboard. Boston flew out of Oakland with a three-game lead.

August 31: Minnesota 8, Cleveland 4
September 1: Minnesota 2, Cleveland 1 (11 inn.)_
September 2: Cleveland 10, Minnesota 1

The Twins had their aces Johan Santana and Walter Johnson going in the first two games and took advantage with wins. The Minnesota bats backed Santana with 14 hits in the first game. Johnson and Corey Kluber dueled magnificently in the second game. Both pitchers had allowed one run through nine innings, which was the end of the line for Kluber. In the top of the 11th, Stan Spence doubled against Doug Jones and Mickey Vernon knocked him home with a single. Johnson went the full 11 innings for Minnesota and lowered his ERA to 2.65.

August 31: Anaheim 1, Seattle 0
September 1: Seattle 7, Anaheim 4
September 1: Anaheim 6, Seattle 5
September 2: Anaheim 4, Seattle 2

The first-place Mariners visited last-place Anaheim for four games, a golden opportunity to stave off the hot Royals, but the Angels have been a much-improved team of late and Seattle dropped three of four.

Anaheim’s Rod Carew led off the bottom of the first with a walk and came around to score the game’s only run. Starters Freddy Garcia and Jered Weaver battled tooth and nail.

The Mariners claimed game two in large part thanks to multi-run homers by Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in the fifth.

Cruz homered again in the third game, which was knotted at five runs apiece after eight and a half innings. Brian Downing ended the contest with a solo jobby in the bottom of the ninth off Michael Jackson. Game four was tied through seven and a half innings until Tim Salmon drove a two run bomb.

August 31: New York 5, Baltimore 3
September 1:  Baltimore 5, New York 3
September 2: New York 8, Baltimore 5

August 31: Detroit 9, Chicago 3
September 1: Detroit 10, Chicago 3
September 2: Chicago 4, Detroit 3

August 31: Houston 2, Toronto 1
August 31: Toronto 4, Houston 3
September 1: Toronto 6, Houston 3
September 2: Toronto 7, Houston 2

Ray Halladay and Mike Cuellar dueled in the opener. Josh Donaldson collected three hits that included a triple in his debut.

In the second game, Carlos Correa knocked a two-run homer in his debut Rhubarb plate appearance. For Toronto, Carlos Delgado walked in his first four plate appearances and then homered in his fifth and final PA, which came in the ninth and put the Jays up by a run. Shawn Green later homered in the ninth to give the Jays a two-run cushion that they ended up needing after Craig Biggio led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo jack of his own. Morgan Ensberg made it to third base as the tying run, but Tom Henke closed out a two-inning save for Toronto.