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1991 Rewind: Game One Hundred Fifty

MINNESOTA 9, TEXAS 4 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Sunday, September 22.

Batting stars:  Greg Gagne was 3-for-3 with a stolen base, his eleventh.  Mike Pagliarulo was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Chili Davis was 2-for-4 with a triple.

Pitching stars:  Jack Morris pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks and striking out six.  Terry Leach pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Geno Petralli was 2-for-3.  Dean Palmer was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, his thirteenth.

The game:  In the second Kent Hrbek and Davis led off with singles and Brian Harper was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with none out.  A sacrifice fly scored one run and Gagne singled home another, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead.  In the top of the third Jack Daugherty had a two-out double and Julio Franco had an RBI single, cutting the lead to 2-1, but the Twins got the run back in the bottom of the third when Chuck Knoblauch doubled and later scored on an error, making the score 3-1.  In the fourth, Pagliarulo doubled, went to third on a Gagne single, and scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Twins up 4-1.

The Rangers put men on second and third with one out in the seventh, but the score stayed 4-1 until the eighth, when the Twins put the game out of reach.  Davis hit a one-out triple and scored when Harper reached on an error.  Shane Mack singled and Pagliarulo had a two-run single.  Randy Bush and Al Newman followed with RBI singles to increase the Twins lead to 9-1.

Palmer hit a three-run homer in the ninth to make the final score look better for the Rangers, but they never came close to getting back into the game.

WP:  Morris (17-12).  LP:  Hector Fajardo (0-1).  S:  None.

Notes:  Dan Gladden was out of the lineup.  Mack went to left, with Gene Larkin playing right and batting leadoff.

The Twins again made a lot of substitutions.  Newman replaced Knoblauch at second base in the eighth.  Gladden came in to play left field in the eighth, with Mack moving to right and Larkin coming out of the game.  Jarvis Brown pinch-ran for Davis in the eighth and went to center field, with Kirby Puckett coming out of the game and the Twins losing their DH (no pitcher came to bat).  Bush pinch-hit for Gagne in the eighth.  Scott Leius came in to play shortstop in the ninth.

Puckett was 0-for-5 and was batting .320.  Harper was 0-for-3 and was batting .311.  Mack was 1-for-3 and was batting .309.  Bush was 1-for-1 and was batting .302.  Leach lowered his ERA to 2.98.

This was Davis' only triple of the year.  He had 30 for his career, with a high of six in 1982 and again in 1984.  He actually had some speed early in his career--he had 142 career stolen bases, with a high of 24 in his rookie year of 1982.  He was not a good percentage base-stealer, however, going 142-240 for a percentage of 59.2%.  In his high stolen base year, 1982, he was 24-for-37, a percentage of 64.9%.

Texas starter Hector Fajardo pitched 7.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and no walks and striking out two.  This was his first season and his first start for the Rangers--he had appeared in one game in relief for them and had started two games for Pittsburgh in August.  He was not good as a major league pitcher:  5-9, 6.95, 1.54 WHIP in 124.1 innings (30 games, 17 starts).  He did pitch very well in AAA:  7-1, 2.39, 1.19 WHIP in 83 innings (28 games, 9 starts).  It looks like he struggled with injuries--he appeared in just 11 games in 1992 and 8 in 1993.

The White Sox lost to California 4-2, so the Twins moved closer to clinching the division.

Record:  The Twins were 90-60, in first place in the American League West, eight games ahead of Chicago.  The Twins' magic number was five.

In the East Toronto won and Boston lost, increasing the Blue Jays' lead to 1.5 games.

Happy Birthday–January 17

Louis Santop (1890)
Hank Leiber (1911)
Lum Harris (1915)
Mayo Smith (1915)
Don Zimmer (1931)
Keith Lieppman (1949)
Antonio Munoz (1949)
Pete LaCock (1952)
Darrell Porter (1952)
Mark Littell (1953)
Jerry Turner (1954)
Doug Simunic (1956)
T. R. Bryden (1959)
Chili Davis (1960)
SBG (1965)
Tyler Houston (1971)
Rob Bell (1977)
Randy Dobnak (1995)

Catcher Louis Santop was a star in the Negro Leagues, hitting .349 over fifteen seasons.

Keith Lieppman has been Oakland's Director of Player Development since 1992.

Antonio Munoz was a long-time star in Cuba, winning eight home run titles and becoming the all-time leader in walks.

Doug Simunic was the manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks from 1996-2017.

Continue reading Happy Birthday–January 17

1991 Rewind: Game Sixty-six

MINNESOTA 8, BALTIMORE 4 IN BALTIMORE

Date:  Wednesday, June 19.

Batting stars:  Mike Pagliarulo was 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch.  Kent Hrbek was 2-for-5 with a double.  Chili Davis was 1-for-5 with a three-run homer, his sixteenth.

Pitching star:  Jack Morris pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks and striking out six.

Opposition stars:  Jeff Robinson pitched 7.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and no walks and striking out five.  David Segui was 2-for-3.  Leo Gomez was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer (his third), two walks, and two runs.

The game:  The Twins again jumped out to an early lead with a two-out first inning rally.  Kirby Puckett was hit by a pitch, Hrbek singled, and Davis hit a three-run homer to give the Twins a 3-0 lead.  The Twins threatened to blow it open early, as in the second they put men on second and third with one out, but a short fly ball and a strikeout ended the threat.  The failure allowed the Orioles to get back into the game, as Joe Orsulak drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the second and Gomez followed with a two-run homer, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Baltimore threatened to tie it in the fifth, as Gomez led off with a walk and Segui singled, but a long fly out and a double play ended the threat.  The Orioles did more than threaten in the seventh.  With one out Orsulak singled and Gomez walked.  Consecutive RBI singles by Segui and Ernie Whitt put Baltimore ahead 4-3.  The score remained there through eight innings.

But in the ninth the Twins came back, with plenty of help from the Orioles.  They began the inning with singles by Brian HarperGene Larkin, and Pagliarulo to tie it 4-4.  With one out, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, resulting in an intentional walk to Randy Bush.  A wild pitch-plus-error scored two runs and yet another wild pitch scored a third run, making the score 7-4.  Shane Mack then singled and scored from first on Puckett's single, making it 8-4.  Baltimore went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

WP:  Morris (9-5).  LP:  Olson (0-3).  S:  None.

Notes:  Al Newman replaced Chuck Knoblauch at second base, and his .286 OBP was placed in the leadoff spot.  He went 0-for-4.  Mack was in left in place of Dan Gladden and batted second.  Pedro Munoz started in right.

The Twins made a bunch of changes in the ninth inning.  Gene Larkin pinch-hit for MunozKnoblauch then pinch-ran for Larkin and went to second base.  Gladden pinch-ran for Harper and stayed in the game in left field, with Mack moving to right.  Bush pinch-hit for Newman.

Harper was 1-for-4 and was batting .344.  Puckett was 1-for-4 and was batting .328.

As I go through Morris' games, I wonder if Tom Kelly was a little intimidated by him.  Maybe not, maybe Kelly just had that much confidence in him.  But Morris was allowed to stay in games much longer than any other pitcher would have been, even in 1991, and this is one example of that.  Morris had pitched well for six innings and the Twins led 3-2.  He struck out the first batter he faced, but then he gave up a hit.  Then he walked a batter.  His pitch count was approaching a hundred.  But he stayed in the game.  Then he gave up another hit, tying the score and putting men on first and third.  Still, he stayed in the game.  He gave up another hit, losing the lead.  Still, he stayed in the game.  He got a double play to end the inning, then cruised through the eighth and ninth.  The Twins came back and won, so it worked out, but there's no other pitcher who would've been allowed to stay in the game through the seventh inning.

This was Davis' seventh home run in June.  He would go on to hit ten in June, more than a third of his season total and twice as many as he would hit in any other month.  His other June numbers were not particularly outstanding--in June he batted .253/.345/.596, his season numbers were .277/.385/.507.  I don't know that we can contribute his June homers to anything but coincidence, but it's kind of interesting.

The Twins had now won seventeen of eighteen and twenty of twenty-two.

Record:  The Twins were 40-26, in first place in the American League West, 1.5 games ahead of Oakland.

2011 Game Log No 97: Indians at Twins

Day Game.

Again.

And today's a big one. [Motivational Pep Talk] [Great Speeches Youtube Video] [Baseball!]

Pitchers:

TWINS: Nic Blacburn. 3.99 ERA | 4.53 FIP | 3.97 xFIP | 4.68 K/9
indians: Josh Tomlin  4.03 ERA | 4.22 FIP | 3.85 xFIP | 5.07 K/9

Lineups:

TWINS!!!

  1. Revere CF
  2. Casilla 2nd
  3. Mauer 1st
  4. Cuddy RF
  5. Tomei DH
  6. Dan 3rd
  7. Young LF
  8. Nishioka SS
  9. Butters C

indians

  1. Carrera CF
  2. Cabrera SS
  3. Hafner DH
  4. Santana C
  5. LaPorta 1st
  6. Cabrera 2nd
  7. Chisenhall 3rd
  8. Kearns RF
  9. Valbuena LF

Waiting for the game to start? Want to read a story about cheating in baseball? Here's the one where according to Chili Davis all pitchers were cheaters. Via Fangraphs.

Go Twins!