Cleveland & Minnesota Close Out Their Seasons With Twins Series Win

carewSeptember 29: Minnesota 3, Cleveland 2

Rod Carew spanked an RBI triple in the fifth inning to drive in the winning run. Not too shabby.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 001 100 - 2 8  1
MN  020 010 00x - 3 5  2
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
V. Gregg     7.0  3  1  0  2  2  
G. Mogridge  7.0  2  2  0  1  2 

CLE 76-84, MN 87-73

September 30: Minnesota 2, Cleveland 0

Bert Blyleven got roughed up much of the year and ended up in the  bullpen for parts of the season. He was back in the rotation at the end of the year though, and saved his two best games for last. In his previous start, Bly gave up just one run in nine innings. He one-upped himself in this one and threw his first shutout.

Tris Speaker collected half of Cleveland’s six hits. Kirby Puckett swatted three hits for Minny.

                  R H BB
CLE 000 000 000 - 0 6  2
MN  010 000 01x - 2 8  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Joss      8.0  2  2  0  2  2  
B. Blyleven  9.0  0  0  0  2  5 

CLE 76-85, MN 88-73

October 1: Cleveland 5, Minnesota 3

Cleveland closed out a frustrating year with a win. Despite a good run differential (803-765) the team never put it all together to pile up some wins. The biggest bright spot was outfielder Joe Jackson, who clubbed a single and a triple in this game to tie Lou Gehrig for the league lead in hits at 211. Jackson finishes with a .345 batting average, far and away tops in the league.

John Romano capped off a four-run sixth for Cleveland with a two run dinger. Carlos Carrasco squeezed in six starts at the end of the year and finishes with a 2.17 ERA. Cleveland player-manager Lou Boudreau is understandably looking forward to seeing what Carrasco can accomplish over a full season.

                  R  H BB
CLE 000 104 000 - 5 11  1
MN  100 020 000 - 3  9  2
HR: J. Romano (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Carrasco  7.0  3  3  0  1  9  
C. Pascual   5.2  5  5  1  1  5 

CLE 77-85, MN 88-74

 

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Baltimore Winners of 2 of 3 v. Minnesota As Season Enters Final Week

powell

September 25: Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2 (10 innings)

Starters Camilo Pascual and Jack Powell had a nice duel. In the bottom of the 10th, Matt Wieters took a one-out walk against Pascual, and in came lefty Eddie Guardado to face the top of Baltimore’s lineup. Guardado did not record a single out as Ken Singleton quickly singled Wieters to third, and Bobby Grich singled him home.

Powell has been quietly excellent all season and now has the sixth best ERA in the league at 3.29. He’s slated to make one more start.

                    R  H BB
MN  100 000 010 0 - 2 10  1
BAL 100 010 000 1 - 3  8  4
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual  9.1  3  3  0  4  6  
J. Powell  10.0  2  2  0  1  3 

MN 85-72, BAL 84-73

September 26: Minnesota 11, Baltimore 6

Johan Santana was named pitcher of the month in April, the first month of the season, and never really slowed down. If he ever lost his perch at the top of the ERA leaders after mid-May or so, I don’t remember it. This was his 29th and final start of the year, and it went merely OK, with four runs allowed in six innings. The most amazing thing about his amazing season is that he never had a truly bad start. He never allowed even five runs in a single game. His teammate Walter Johnson, owner of the second best ERA in the league, allowed five or more runs in 11 of his 33 starts. (A not entirely fair comparison since Walter can go much deeper into games, but still.)

Fortunately for Santana the Minnesota bats were smoking right out of the gates, plus Eddie Murray and Frank Robinson made errors in the early going. Rod Carew reached safely all five times up (two walks, two singles, and a triple).

                   R  H BB
MN  330 004 001 - 11 13  4
BAL 020 002 110 -  6 10  4
HR: H. Killebrew (9), F. Robinson (30)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Santana  6.0  4  4  1  2  6  
H. Howell   1.1  6  3  0  0  1 

MN 86-72, BAL 84-74

September 27: Baltimore 6, Minnesota 3

Speaking of Johnson, he closed out his season in the next game, and was not at his best. His speed ball might have been losing a little zip at the end of the year. After giving up two homers in his first 30 starts, he yielded four in his last three games.

Eddie Murray collected three RBI and two runs scored on a double and a homer against Johnson.

                  R H BB
MN  000 003 000 - 3 8  1
BAL 104 000 01x - 6 6  4

HR: E. Murray (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson  8.0  6  6  1  4  3  
L. Stewart  9.0  3  3  0  1  1 

MN 86-73, BAL 85-74

Minnesota Records Bitter-Sweet Sweep of Boston

September 22: Minnesota 4, Boston 3

About a month ago, Minnesota and Boston were neck and neck with Chicago for the Original Division lead. Had Minnesota been able to hang around, this series would have had enormous implications, but as it turned out, Boston has spent September running away from the pack, and clinched the division title four days before this series began. So though there was not much more than pride on the line for the Twins, they could at least be proud of how they played.

In the bottom of the second, two Minnesota singles accompanied a Sam Rice triple and a Harmon Killebrew moon shot to score three of Minnesota’s runs.

Despite Walter Johnson giving up a homer to Fred Lynn (Johnson’s third HR allowed in his last two games after allowing a total of two in his first 30 starts), The Big Train held a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth. Bobby Doerr started it with a groundout before Rick Ferrell and Wade Boggs slapped singles to put runners on the corners with one out. Tris Speaker then flew out (Ferrell stayed planted on third with no reason to risk tagging up down by two runs), and Ted Williams lined a single to drive in Ferrell, make the score 4-3, and put runners on the corners again. The proud Johnson looked disgusted as he was pulled for Joe Nathan, but Nathan got the job done with a strikeout of Carl Yastrzemski to finish out the win.

                  R  H BB
BOS 100 100 001 - 3 11  2
MN  031 000 00x - 4  8  2

HR: F. Lynn (4), H. Killebrew (8)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S.J. Wood   6.0  4  4  1  2  3  
W. Johnson  8.2  3  3  1  2  2 

BOS 92-62, MN 83-71

September 23: Minnesota 2, Boston 1

Starters Roger Clemens and George Mogridge were both sharp. Had the game had any impact on the standings, Roger Clemens likely would have kept hurling past the fifth inning, but Sox manager Joe Cronin was only worried about getting Clemens a few tune-up innings while not letting him throw too many pitches as Boston heads to the upcoming championship series. Jon Lester was fine in three innings of relief, but did give up the winning run on a walk, single, and run-scoring GIDP.

Mogridge has no post-season for which to save his arm, and he appeared to be cruising towards a complete-game as he took the hill in the top of the ninth. But after Jimmie Foxx started it with a single, Twins manager Bucky Harris elected to bring in a righty to face Dwight Evans and Carlton Fisk. Evans greeted new pitcher Firpo Marberry to the mound with a double, and all of a sudden the tying run was on third and the go-ahead run was on second with nobody out. But Firpo worked some magic and got Fisk and Yaz on groundouts without allowing a run and Nomar Garciaparra flew out to close another win for Minnesota.

                  R H BB
BOS 100 000 000 - 1 7  1
MN  000 011 00x - 2 5  5

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens   5.0  1  1  0  3  2  
G. Mogridge  8.0  1  1  0  1  2

BOS 92-63, MN 84-71

2bertpitch0722September 24: Minnesota 5, Boston 1

Pedro Martinez started the game for Boston with a 2.89 ERA and Bert Blyleven started for Minnesota lugging a 5.12 ERA. But baseball happened, and Blyleven had about the best stuff he’s had all year and held the Sox to a lone run in a complete game. Pedro was fine, but the Twins got to him for three runs in six innings. Mickey Vernon and Goose Goslin both collected triples.

Boston skip Cronin was asked after the game if he thought a hang-over effect after clinching the division contributed to his team being swept. “I wouldn’t read too much into it,” Joe Cronin said. “It could just be random variation.”

                  R H BB
BOS 001 000 000 - 1 6  0
MN  200 100 20x - 5 8  1
HR: B. Doerr (12)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
P. Martinez  6.0  3  3  0  1  4  
B. Blyleven  9.0  1  1  1  0  7

BOS 92-64, MN 85-71

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