1987 Rewind: Game One Hundred Five

OAKLAND 3, MINNESOTA 2 IN OAKLAND

Date:  Saturday, August 1.

Batting stars:  Kent Hrbek was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Kirby Puckett was 1-for-3 with an RBI.  Tim Laudner was 1-for-3 with a double.

Pitching star:  Frank Viola pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Opposition stars:  Dave Stewart struck out fourteen in a complete game, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk.  Carney Lansford was 2-for-4 with a home run, his eleventh.  Tony Bernazard was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, driving in one.

The game:  In the second, Steve Henderson scored from first on a Bernazard double to put the Athletics ahead 1-0.  The Twins did not score until the eighth, when Puckett tied the score with a sacrifice fly and Hrbek put the Twins ahead with a run-scoring single.  Alfredo Griffin tied it in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single.  In the ninth, Lansford hit a leadoff walkoff homer.

Of note:  Puckett's average was .325 after this game...Greg Gagne batted second, with Steve Lombardozzi dropping to eighth...This is another time where a starter probably would not be allowed to finish in today's game.  Stewart probably would've been replaced after giving up a double to Dan Gladden to start the eighth and almost certainly after walking pinch-hitter Randy Bush.  Viola would almost certainly have been removed after starting the eighth by hitting Terry Steinbach and walking Tony Bernazard, if indeed he'd even have been allowed to start the inning.  This is not to say which is better or worse, but the game has definitely changed.

Record:  The Twins were 56-49, in first place by 1.5 games over California.

We hope to resume player profiles late this week or early next week.

Happy Birthday–January 16

Jimmy Macullar (1855)
Art Whitney (1858)
Jimmy Collins (1870)
Ferdie Schupp (1891)
Buck Jordan (1907)
Dizzy Dean (1910)
Jim Owens (1934)
Ron Herbel (1938)
Joe Bonikowski (1941)
Tsuneo Horiuchi (1948)
Dave Stapleton (1954)
Steve Balboni (1957)
Marty Castillo (1957)
Dave Jauss (1957)
Jack McDowell (1966)
Ron Villone (1970)
Jack Cust (1979)
Albert Pujols (1980)
Matt Maloney (1984)
Jeff Manship (1985)

Jimmy Macullar holds the career record for most games by a left-handed-throwing shortstop (325). Oddly, he batted right-handed.

Pitcher Tsuneo Horiuchi made nine all-star teams in Japan and won seven Gold Gloves.  On October 10, 1967 he pitched a no-hitter and also hit three home runs.

Dave Jauss is a long-time minor league manager, scout, and major league coach.

Marty Castillo was drafted by Minnesota in the twenty-first round in 1975, but did not sign.

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1987 Rewind: Game One Hundred Four

MINNESOTA 5, OAKLAND 3 IN OAKLAND

Date:  Friday, July 31.

Batting stars:  Gary Gaetti was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer (his twenty-first) and a double, scoring twice.  Kent Hrbek was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Pitching stars:  Bert Blyleven pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.  Jeff Reardon retired all five men he faced striking out two.

Opposition stars:  Jose Canseco was 2-for-4 with a home run (his twenty-second) and two RBIs.  Luis Polonia was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Carney Lansford was 2-for-4 with a run.

The game:  Canseco homered in the fourth to put Oakland ahead 1-0.  The Twins took the lead in the sixth with an RBI single by Kent Hrbek and a three-run homer by Gaetti.  The Athletics got one back in the bottom of the sixth on a Canseco single.  They closed to 4-3 in the eighth when Polonia drove in a run with a double.  That brought on Reardon, and he slammed the door, retiring all five men he faced.  Randy Bush drove in an insurance run with a pinch-hit single in the ninth.

Of note:  Kirby Puckett was 0-for-4 with a run, dropping his average to .325...Greg Gagne batted second in this game, with Steve Lombardozzi batting eighth...Dennis Lamp started for Oakland and went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Record:  The Twins were 56-48, in first place, 2.5 games ahead of California.

We will try to resume player profiles some time next week.

Winter Wonderland: Games of January 13

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

ANZOATEGUI 7, ZULIA 1 IN ANZOATEGUI

Anzoategui scored four in the third, three of them on a home run by Denis Phipps, to take a 4-1 lead.  Reynaldo Rodriguez was 0-for-3 with a walk for Zulia.  Yohan Pino pitched 4.2 innings for Anzoategui, giving up one run on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  Phipps was 3-for-4 and drove in four runs.

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

LARA 9, LA GUAIRA 5 IN LARA

Lara trailed 3-0 going to the bottom of the sixth, when they scored five times to go ahead to stay.  Rangel Ravelo had a two-run double and Carlos Rivero had a three-run double in the inning.  Lara added four more in the seventh to take control of the game.

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

GIGANTES 5, ESCOGIDO 3 IN ESCOGIDO

The Gigantes scored two in the fourth and two in the eighth to take a 4-1 lead.  Jorge Polanco was 2-for-4 with a run for Escogido.  Ernesto Zaragoza pitched 5.2 innings for the Gigantes, giving up one run on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  Ketel Marte was 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.  Moises Sierra hit a home run for the Gigantes.

AGUILAS 6, LICEY 0 AT AGUILAS

The Aguilas scored two in the third, two in the sixth, and two in the eighth.  Danny Santana was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Aguilas.  Jose Urena struck out five in five shutout innings for the Aguilas, giving up five hits and a walk.  Juan Perez was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Aguilas.  Zoilo Almonte hit a two-run homer for the Aguilas.

STANDINGS

Agulias, 11-2
Licey, 6-8
Gigantes, 5-8
Escogido, 5-9

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

ADELAIDE 4, PERTH 3 IN ADELAIDE (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)

Adelaide built a 4-1 lead in the first two innings and held on.  Perth advanced the tying run in to scoring position in both the sixth and seventh.  Jordan Cowan hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Angus Roeger and Jordan McArdle each hit a solo homer in the second.

PERTH 5, ADELAIDE 3 IN ADELAIDE

Perth trailed 3-2 after seven but rallied for three in the eighth to win.  Michael Lee pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

CANBERRA 8, MELBOURNE 1 IN CANBERRA

Already leading 4-0, Canberra scored four in the eighth to put the game out of reach.  Sean Guinard walked seven in 7.1 innings, but only gave up one run because he only gave up two hits and struck out six.  David Kandilas was 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs for Canberra.  River Stevens was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs for Canberra.  Josh Almonte hit a home run for Canberra and drove in five runs (not all on the home run--that would be a record).

BRISBANE 7, SYDNEY 6 IN BRISBANE

Trailing 4-1, Brisbane scored five in the third to take the lead, getting home runs by Trent Oeltjen and Mitch Nilsson in the inning.  Aaron Whitefield was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs for Brisbane and is now batting .350.  Logan Wade was 1-for-4 with a double and a run for Brisbane.  David Sutherland was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Brisbane.

1987 Rewind: Game One Hundred Three

SEATTLE 8, MINNESOTA 3 IN SEATTLE

Batting stars:  Kirby Puckett was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs.  Gary Gaetti was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Steve Lombardozzi was 2-for-4 with a run.

Pitching star:  Les Straker pitched three innings of relief, giving up one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Opposition stars:  Alvin Davis was 3-for-3 with two home runs (his twelfth and thirteenth), a double, and a walk, driving in four.  Mike Kingery was 2-for-4 with a home run (his sixth) and a stolen base (his seventh), driving in two.  Lee Guetterman pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk with one strikeout.

The game:  The Mariners scored three in the first to take the early lead.  The Twins cut it to 3-2 in the top of the third, but Davis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the third to put Seattle up by three again.  Davis hit another two-run homer in the fifth to make it 7-2 and put the game out of reach.

Of note:  Puckett raised his average to .328...Gene Larkin was used at DH...Starter Mike Smithson pitched five innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts...It seems likely that Straker was used in relief because the next day was an off day and he was going to be skipped in the rotation.  Skipping guys and using them in relief doesn't seem to happen as often as it used to, but when you really only have two starting pitchers you can rely on it makes sense to keep them on regular rest and use them as often as you can.

Record:  The Twins were 55-48, in first place by two games over Oakland.  They seem to have been exactly two games ahead of Oakland for quite some time now.

I hope to get back to doing player profiles, because I find them interesting and fun, but it probably won't be for a week or so.

Happy Birthday–January 14

Billy Meyer (1892)
Smead Jolley (1902)
Phil Piton (1903)
Chet Brewer (1907)
Sonny Siebert (1937)
Dave Campbell (1942)
Ron Clark (1943)
Derrel Thomas (1951)
Wayne Gross (1952)
Terry Forster (1952)
Mike Pelfrey (1984)
Erick Aybar (1984)
J. R. Graham (1990)

Billy Meyer won 1,604 games as a minor league manager, mostly in the Yankees organization.

Phil Piton was president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues from 1964-1971.

Chet Brewer was a star pitcher in the Negro Leagues known for his mastery of throwing scuffed baseballs.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of January 11-12

GAMES OF JANUARY 11

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

LA GUAIRA 4, ARAGUA 2 IN ARAGUA

Jose Castllo's RBI single in the ninth broke a 2-2 tie and a wild pitch brought home an insurance run.  Castillo was 3-for-4 with a walk.

That sets up the semi-final round, with La Guaira playing Lara and Zulia playing Anzoategui.  Both series are best-of-seven.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

AGUILAS 6, LICEY 0 IN LICEY

Orlando Calixte's two-run triple capped a three-run first and the Aguilas led all the way.  Danny Santana was 2-for-4 with a triple for the Aguilas, scoring once and driving in two.  Chris O'Grady struck out six in five shutout innings for the Aguilas, giving up five hits and four walks.

ESCOGIDO 4, GIGANTES 2 AT GIGANTES

Escogido trailed 2-0 after four but scored one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh to win.  Jorge Polanco was 0-for-4 with a walk and scored once for Escogido.  Eury Perez hit a home run for Escogido.

STANDINGS

Aguilas, 10-2
Licey, 5-7
Escogido, 5-8
Gigantes, 4-7

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

CAGUAS 1, MAYAGUEZ 0 IN CAGUAS

The game's lone run was scored in the fourth on a hit batsman, a walk, a single, and another walk.  There were only seven hits in the game, four by Mayaguez and three by Caguas.  Eddie Rosario was 0-for-4 for Mayaguez.  Kennys Vargas was 0-for-3 with a walk for Mayaguez.  Benji Gonzalez was 1-for-3 for Mayaguez.  John Brownell pitched seven shutout innings for Caguas, giving up three hits and a walk.

Caguas wins the series 4-2.  That sets up the finals, which will be a best-of-nine series between Caguas and Santurce.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

LOS MOCHIS 5, CULIACAN 0 IN LOS MOCHIS

Los Mochis put together a single, a walk, and three more singles in the sixth, scoring three runs to take a 4-0 lead.  Manny Barreda struck out ten in eight shutout innings for Los Mochis, giving up two hits and two walks.  Leandro Castro was 3-for-3 with a home run for Los Mochis, scoring twice and driving in two.

Los Mochis leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.

MEXICALI 8, HERMOSILLO 7 IN MEXICALI

Hermosillo built a 7-2 lead through seven and a half, but Mexicali scored six runs in the eighth to win.  Luis Juarez hit a three-run homer in the inning and the go-ahead run scored on a Yuniesky Betancourt single.

Mexicali leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE*

MELBOURNE 11, CANBERRA 1 IN CANBERRA

Allan de San Miguel hit a two-run homer in a four-run first and Melbourne cruised to an easy win.  Mark Hamburger pitched a complete game for Melbourne, giving up one run on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.  de San Miguel was 5-for-5 with a double in addition to his home run, scoring twice and driving in six.

ADELAIDE 5, PERTH 1 IN ADELAIDE

Adelaide hit three home runs in a four-run sixth, giving it a 4-1 lead.  Stefan Welch, Karl Hoschke, and Connor O'Gorman all had home runs in the inning.  Zach Cooper struck out seven in six innings for Adelaide, giving up one run on five hits and two walks.

BRISBANE 9, SYDNEY 4 IN BRISBANE

Brisbane turned six singles into a five-run sixth that gave it a 6-0 lead.  Aaron Whitefield was 2-for-5 and is batting ,345 for Brisbane.  Logan Wade was 1-for-5 with a run and is batting .309 for Brisbane.  Kramer Champlin pitched seven inning for Brisbane, giving up one run on three hits and no walks with six strikeouts.  David Sutherland was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for Brisbane.  Mitch Nilsson hit a home run for Brisbane.

*Games played January 12.  It's timey-wimey.

GAMES OF JANUARY 12

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

ZULIA 3, ANZOATEGUI 2 IN ANZOATEGUI

Three walks and an error plated two runs for Zulia, breaking a 1-1 tie and putting Zuila ahead to stay.  Reynaldo Rodriguez was 0-for-3 with a walk for Zulia.  Wilfredo Boscan pitched four innings for Zulia, giving up one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.  Anzoategui out-hit Zulia 10-2.  The first two Zulia batters got hits, and Zulia did not get another hit the rest of the game.

Zulia leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.

LA GUAIRA 7, LARA 6 IN LARA

La Guaira took a 5-0 lead in the first, but needed an RBI double by Heiker Meneses in the ninth to get the win.  Alcides Escobar hit two home runs for La Guaira.

La Guaira leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

LICEY 4, GIGANTES 1 IN LICEY

Jason Rogers had a two-run single in a three-run third that put Licey in the lead to stay.  Cesar Valdez struck out six in 5.2 innings for Licey, giving up one run on five hits and a walk.

STANDINGS

Aguilas, 10-2
Licey, 6-7
Escogido, 5-8
Gigantes, 4-8

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

LOS MOCHIS 14, CULIACAN 2 IN LOS MOCHIS

Already leading 3-1, Los Mochis scored seven in the seventh to put the game out of reach.  They had four home runs in the inning, solo shots by Juan Carlos Gamboa, Eugenio Velez, and Yosmany Guerra, and a three-run homer by Saul Soto.  Leandro Castro was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for Los Mochis.  Luis Niebla pitched six shutout innings for Los Mochis, giving up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Velez and Gamboa were each 3-for-4 and each scored twice.

Los Mochis leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

MEXICALI 16, HERMOSILLO 6 IN MEXICALI

Leading 1-0, Mexicali had an eight-run inning in the third to take control early.  Yordanys Linares was 4-for-6 with a triple and a double for Mexicali, scoring three times and driving in two.  C. J. Retherford was 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk for Mexicali, scoring twice and driving in two.  Luis Juarez was 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs for Mexicali.  Xorge Carrillo was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk for Mexicali, scoring once and driving in four.

Mexicali leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE*

MELBOURNE 12, CANBERRA 6 IN CANBERRA

Melbourne lost leads of 3-0 and 6-3, but scored two runs in the fifth on three walks, a sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch to take the lead for good.  Brad Harman was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk for Melbourne, scoring twice and driving in three.  Liam Bedford 3-for-3 with a walk for Melbourne, scoring twice.  Mike Walker hit a three-run homer for Melbourne.

SYDNEY 10, BRISBANE 9 IN BRISBANE

Sydney led 5-0 and 8-3, fell behind 9-8, and got a two-run single from Tucker Neuhaus in the eighth to go ahead 10-9.  Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-2 with a run and is batting .347 for Brisbane.  Logan Wade was 0-for-4 with a walk for Brisbane.  Todd Van Steensel struck out two in a perfect inning for Sydney.  Neuhaus was 4-for-5 with two doubles, scoring once and driving in seven for Sydney.

PERTH AT ADELAIDE

Rained out.

*Games played January 13.  it's timey-wimey.

1987 Rewind: Game One Hundred Two

SEATTLE 6, MINNESOTA 1 IN SEATTLE

Date:  Tuesday, July 28.

Batting stars:  Kent Hrbek was 1-for-3 with a walk.  Gary Gaetti was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Pitching star:  Juan Berenguer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Mike Morgan pitched a complete game, giving up one run on four hits and three walks with no strikeouts.  Phil Bradley was 4-for-4 with a double and a stolen base (his twenty-seventh), scoring twice and driving in two.  Gary Matthews was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his second.

The game:  Matthews hit his two-run homer in the third, giving the Mariners a 3-1 lead.  Seattle added single runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth.  The Twins had only four hits.

Of note:  Kirby Puckett was 1-for-4 with an RBI, making his average .326...Al Newman started at shortstop in place of Greg Gagne and batted second...Randy Bush was in right field and Tom Brunansky was out of the lineup...Joe Niekro started for the Twins and pitched six innings, allowing five runs on eleven hits and no walks...As unusual as complete games are these days, I would think a complete game with zero strikeouts is a fairly rare thing.

Record:  The Twins were 55-47, in first place by two games over Oakland.

Player profile:  Due to personal time constraints, the player profiles are taking a few days off.

Happy Birthday–January 13

Ernie Calbert (1887)
Fred Schulte (1901)
Ron Brand (1940)
Makoto Matsubara (1944)
Mike Tyson (1950)
Bob Forsch (1950)
Odell Jones (1953)
Gene Roof (1958)
Kevin Mitchell (1962)
Kevin McClatchy (1963)
Elmer Dessens (1971)

Ernie Calbert won six minor league home run titles.  He also once pitched a minor league no-hitter.

Makoto Matsubara was an eleven-time all-star in Japan.

Kevin McClatchy was the CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996-2007.

When Elmer Dessens made his major league debut in 1996, he was the first big leaguer in thirty-five years to have the first name "Elmer".

There do not appear to be any players with connections to the Minnesota Twins who were born on this day. The closest we come is Gene Roof, whose brother, Phil, played for the Twins.

We would, however, like to wish a happy birthday to The Dread Pirate.

1987 Rewind: Game One Hundred One

MINNESOTA 4, SEATTLE 3 IN SEATTLE

Date:  Monday, July 27.

Batting stars:  Steve Lombardozzi was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, his fourth.  Greg Gagne was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.  Gary Gaetti was 1-for-4 with a home run, his twentieth.

Pitching stars:  Frank Viola pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.  Jeff Reardon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Mark Langston pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.  Jim Presley was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixteenth.  Donell Nixon was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases (his twelfth and thirteenth) and a run.

The game:  Harold Reynolds opened the scoring with a home run in the third and Presley hit a two-run shot in the sixth to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead.  It looked like that would be enough, as Langston blanked the Twins for eight innings.  In the ninth, however, Gagne led off with an infield single, Dan Gladden walked, and Lombardozzi hit a three-run homer to tie the score.  Langston left and Edwin Nunez came in.  He retired Kirby Puckett on a fly ball, but Gaetti homered to put the Twins in front.  Seattle did not go quietly in the ninth.  Reardon retired the first two batters, but Dave Valle doubled.  Manager Dick Williams did not pinch-run for his catcher and it may have cost him, because Rey Quinones singled to center and Valle was thrown out at the plate by Puckett, ending the game.  I don't know how fast Valle was, but he had five career stolen bases in thirteen seasons.

Of note:  Lombardozzi was in the second spot in the order...Puckett was back in center field...Gene Larkin was used as the DH...All seven runs in this game were scored on home runs.  I wonder what the highest number of runs is in a game in which all the runs came on home runs.

Record:  The Twins were 55-46, in first place by two games over Oakland.

Player profile:  Due to personal time constraints, there will be no player profiles for a couple more days.

Happy Birthday–January 12

Henry Larkin (1860)
Tom Kinslow (1866)
George Browne (1876)
Joe Hauser (1899)
Lee Allen (1915)
Alfredo Ortiz (1944)
Ron Polk (1944)
Paul Reuschel (1947)
Randy Jones (1950)
Terry Whitfield (1953)
Tim Hulett (1960)
Mike Marshall (1960)
Casey Candaele (1961)
Andy Fox (1971)
Luis Ayala (1978)
Dontrelle Willis (1982)

Joe Hauser twice hit over 60 home runs in a season in AAA.

Historian and writer Lee Allen contributed much to the Hall of Fame and to the first edition of the Baseball Encyclopedia.

Alfredo Ortiz won 287 games in the minor leagues, mostly in the Mexican League, and 104 more in the Mexican Winter League.

Ron Polk was a very successful college baseball coach, most notably at Mississippi State.

The Mike Marshall listed above is the outfielder/first baseman who played mostly for the Dodgers.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of January 10

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

LARA 6, MARGARITA 2 IN LARA

With the score tied 2-2, Lara scored four runs in the eighth, getting an error, a walk, and three singles, to win the game.  Nestor Molina pitched 5.2 innings for Lara, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  Luis Valbuena was 3-for-4 with a walk for Lara, scoring once and driving in two.

Lara wins the best-of-seven series, 4-3.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

GIGANTES 7, LICEY 0 IN LICEY

Garabez Rosa hit a three-run double in a four-run first that provided all the runs the Gigantes needed.  Nik Turley started for Licey and lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks.  Moises Sierra hit a home run for the Gigantes, who used seven pitchers to shut out Licey.

ESCOGIDO 5, AGUILAS 2 IN AT AGUILAS

Escogido scored three in the second and two in the third to take control of the game.  Jorge Polanco was 1-for-5 with a run for Escogido.  Danny Santana was 0-for-4 for the Aguilas.  Irwin Delgado pitched six innings for Escogido, giving up one  run on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Chesny Young was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI for Escogido.  Rafael Bautista was 3-for-5 for Escogido.

STANDINGS

Aguilas, 9-2
Licey, 5-6
Gigantes, 4-6
Escogido, 4-8

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

CAGUAS 2, MAYAGUEZ 1 IN MAYAGUEZ

Ruben Gotay's RBI single in the ninth broke a 1-1 tie and gave Caguas the win.  Eddie Rosario was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk for Mayaguez.  Kennys Vargas was 2-for-4 for Mayaguez.  Benji Gonzalez was 1-for-3 for Mayaguez.  Dereck Rodriguez pitched two shutout innings for Mayaguez, giving up no hits and one walk with one strikeout.  Jose De La Torre struck out four in 4.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits and one walk.

Caguas leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.

SANTURCE 2, CAROLINA 1 IN SANTURCE

Ivan De Jesus, Jr. hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Santurce made it stand up.  Santurce used six pitchers to hold Carolina to one run.

Santurce wins the best-of-seven series 4-1.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.  In the semi-final round, Culiacan will play Los Mochis and Hermosillo will play Mexicali.  Even though Culiacan lost in the first round, they won more games than any other losing team, so they advance anyway.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

1987 Rewind: Game One Hundred

TORONTO 4, MINNESOTA 2 IN TORONTO

Date:  Sunday, July 26.

Batting stars:  Kirby Puckett was 2-for-3 with a home run (his sixteenth) and a hit-by-pitch.  Steve Lombardozzi was 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  Dan Gladden was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Pitching star:  Bert Blyleven struck out twelve in a complete game, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and three walks.

Opposition stars:  Jimmy Key pitched 8.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts.  George Bell was 4-for-4 with a double and a stolen base (his fifth), scoring once and driving in one.  Lloyd Moseby was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base (his twenty-second), scoring once.

The game:  Puckett homered in the first to give the Twins a 1-0 lead.  An error tied the score in the second, but the Twins regained the lead in the third on Lombardozzi's double and Gladden's RBI single.  Bell's run-scoring single tied it in the fifth.  It stayed 2-2 until the ninth.  Bell led off with a double and Ernie Whitt drew a one-out walk.  A fly ball moved runners to first and third with two down.  A wild pitch brought home the go-ahead run and a Garth Iorg double brought in an insurance run.

Of note:  Mark Davidson was again in center field, with Puckett at DH.  Since this is two games in a row, one assumes Puckett had a minor injury of some sort.  Davidson again batted second...It should be noted that, for the second game in a row, Blyleven did not leave any pitches up.  This was the only time all year that would happen...Had the Blue Jays not removed Key with two out and a man on first in the ninth, there would have been no substitutions of any kind in the game by either team.  I don't know how often that happens, but I don't think it's very often...Of course, it would be quite unusual in today's game for the starter to be left in a tie game after giving up a leadoff double in the eighth.

Record:  The Twins were 54-46, in first place, two games ahead of Oakland.

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Happy Birthday–January 11

George Pinkney (1859)
Silver King (1868)
Elmer Flick (1876)
Max Carey (1890)
George Trautman (1890)
General Crowder (1899)
Schoolboy Rowe (1910)
Don Mossi (1929)
Gene Cook (1932)
Jim McAndrew (1944)
Jack Zduriencik (1951)
Rocket Wheeler (1955)
Lloyd McClendon (1959)
Donn Pall (1962)
Warren Morris (1974)

George Trautman was the president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs from 1947 until his death in 1963.

Gene Cook was the general manager of the Toledo Mud Hens from 1978-1998.  He is credited with convincing Jamie Farr to wear a Mud Hens cap on M*A*S*H.

Jack Zduriencik was the general manager of the Seattle Mariners from 2008-2015.

Rocket Wheeler has been a manager in the low minors for twenty-four seasons.  He was the manager of the Carolina Mudcats in the Atlanta organization in 2016.

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Winter Wonderland: Games of January 9

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

LARA 3, MARGARITA 0 IN LARA

It was scoreless until the seventh, when Carlos Rivero hit a two-run homer.  Lara added an insurance run in the eighth.  Jorge Martinez pitched 6.1 scoreless innings for Lara, giving up ten hits but no walks while striking out five.  Margarita out-hit Lara 10-4.

The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3.

ANZOATEGUI 18, LA GUAIRA 4 IN ANZOATEGUI

Trailing 2-0, Anzoategui scored six runs in the third to take control of the game.  They got a three-run homer from Denis Phipps and a solo homer by Luis Jimenez in the inning.  Jhoulys Chacin struck out six in five innings for Anzoategui, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks.  Phipps was 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, and two walks, scoring four times and driving in four.  Rene Reyes was 3-for-4 with a double and two walks for Anzoategui, scoring four times and driving in one.  Tomas Telis was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk for Anzoategui, scoring once and driving in four.

Anzoategui wins the series 4-2.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

LICEY 6, ESCOGIDO 2 IN ESCOGIDO

Logan Moore hit a two-run homer in the second and another in the sixth to lead Licey to victory.  Jorge Polanco was 0-for-4 for Escogido.  Evan MacLane pitched seven innings for Licey, giving up two runs on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts.  Moore was 3-for-4 and drove in five runs.  Sergio Alcantara was 3-for-4 for Licey.  Hanley Ramirez hit a home run for Licey.

GIGANTES AT AGUILAS

Rained out.

STANDINGS

Aguilas, 9-1
Licey, 5-5
Gigantes, 3-6
Escogido, 3-8

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

HERMOSILLO 6, CULIACAN 3 IN CULIACAN

O'Koyea Dickson's two-run double in the first put Hermosillo in the lead to stay.  Fernando Perez added a two-run homer in the seventh to give Hermosillo a 5-1 lead.  Juan Pablo Oramas pitched four innings for Hermosillo, giving up one run on two hits and one walk with two strikeouts.  Perez was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Jason Bourgeois was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk for Hermosillo, scoring twice.

Hermosillo wins the series 4-3.

AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE

No games scheduled.

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