ANAHEIM 10, MINNESOTA 2 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Monday, September 1.
Batting star: Michael Ryan was 3-for-4 with a home run and a double.
Pitching stars: None.
Opposition stars: John Lackey pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks and striking out four. Shawn Wooten was 2-for-4. Bengie Molina was 2-for-5 with a home run (his fourteenth) and two RBIs. Scott Spiezio was 1-for-2 with a grand slam (his fifteenth homer). Garret Anderson was 1-for-5 with a home run (his twenty-ninth) and two runs.
The game: Molina got the game's first hit, a home run, with two out in the second to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. In the third, a strikeout-plus-wild pitch and two walks loaded the bases and Spiezio hit a two-out grand slam to make it 5-0 Anaheim.
The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the third when Ryan homered. In the fourth, Corey Koskie walked and Matthew LeCroy singled. A wild pitch moved the runners up and Dustan Mohr hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-2.
But that was as good as it got. Ryan led off the fifth with a double and A. J. Pierzynski and Ryan hit one-out singles in the seventh, but nothing came of them. The Angels put it out of reach in the eighth. Anderson led off the inning with a home run. Later in the inning a single and two walks loaded the bases and Wilson Delgado hit a two-run single to make it 8-2. Anaheim added two in the ninth to bring the final score to 10-2.
WP: John Lackey (9-13). LP: Kenny Rogers (11-7). S: None.
Notes: LeCroy was at first base in place of Doug Mientkiewicz. Denny Hocking was at short in place of Cristian Guzman. Shannon Stewart was in left with Ryan in right and Jacque Jones at DH.
Mohr replaced Torii Hunter in center field in the third inning. Hunter would start the next day but again exit early. He would be back full-time after that. Rob Bowen replaced Pierzynski behind the plate in the ninth. Michael Cuddyer pinch-hit for Hocking in the ninth. Chris Gomez pinch-hit for Stewart in the ninth.
Rogers pitched seven innings but allowed six runs on six hits and two walks, striking out five.
Ryan hit his first major league home run in this game. He would hit five for the season and seven for his career.
This was the major league debut for Rob Bowen. He would play in parts of five seasons, spending time with the Twins, San Diego, the Cubs, and Oakland. He appeared in 216 games, had 378 at-bats, and batted .209/.300/.309.
This was Adam Johnson's first game for the Twins this season. He gave up two runs (one earned) in one inning. He would make one other appearance this season, and that would be the last of his major league career.
After climbing to within a half game of first place, the Twins had now dropped two in a row. The White Sox were idle and Kansas City lost.
Record: The Twins were 71-66, tied for second with Kansas City in the American League Central, two games behind Chicago.