MINNESOTA 2, CHICAGO 1 IN MINNESOTA
Batting stars: Kirby Puckett was 1-for-3 with a home run, his twenty-fourth. Tim Laudner was 1-for-3 with a home run, his sixteenth.
Pitching star: Frank Viola pitched a complete game, striking out nine while giving up one run on six hits and two walks.
Opposition stars: Gary Redus was 1-for-4 with a home run, his eleventh. Ivan Calderon was 2-for-4 with a double. Dave LaPoint pitched five innings of relief, giving up one run on one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
The game: Redus led off the game with a home run to put the White Sox ahead 1-0. That was it for the White Sox offense, although they did get a man to third base in the third and sixth. White Sox starter Richard Dotson apparently was injured, as he pitched only one inning. The second Twins batter, Randy Bush, hit into a 1-6-3 double play, which may have been the play on which Dotson was injured. At any rate, the Twins did not get a hit until the fourth, when Puckett hit a two-out homer to tie the game. Gene Larkin drew a two-out walk in the fifth, but the Twins did not get another baserunner until the ninth, when Laudner hit a leadoff walkoff home run.
Of note: Chris Pittaro, a September call-up, made his first start of the season, leading off and playing second base in place of Steve Lombardozzi...Randy Bush batted second and played right field, with Tom Brunansky in left. In the fourth inning, however, Dan Gladden replaced Bush and played left, with Brunansky moving to right...Puckett kept his average at .325...The Twins had only two hits, both solo home runs, and won the game, so I guess solo home runs can hurt you. I wonder what the highest number of hits (and runs) is in a game where all of your hits were solo home runs. Or, for that matter, just where all your hits were home runs.
Record: The Twins were 75-66, in first place by three games over Oakland, which defeated Texas 11-7.