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Happy Birthday–September 13

Mike McNally (1893)
Dutch Reuther (1893)
Pat Collins (1896)
Eddie Rommel (1897)
Rabbit Warstler (1903)
Thornton Lee (1906)
Ed Sudol (1920)
Rick Wise (1945)
Rick Dempsey (1949)
Jim Obradovich (1949)
Mike Fischlin (1955)
Erik Bennett (1968)
Bernie Williams (1968)
Denny Neagle (1968)
Brent Brede (1971)
Armando Rios (1971)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1980)
Rickie Weeks (1982)
Marcus Walden (1988)
Andy Wilkins (1988)

Ed Sudol was a minor league first baseman from 1940-1953, never getting higher than AA.  He then became an umpire and was National League ump from 1957-1977.

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to Papa Beau.

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1991 Rewind: Game One Hundred Sixty


Date:  Friday, October 4.

Batting star:  Jarvis Brown was 2-for-3.

Pitching stars:  Denny Neagle pitched five innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and no walks and striking out three.  Allan Anderson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one walk.

Opposition stars:  Todd Stottlemyre struck out five in five innings, giving up one run on six hits and two walks.  Candy Maldonado was 2-for-2 with a double.  Turner Ward was 2-for-2 with a walk.  Derek Bell was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases, his second and third.

The game:  The Blue Jays scored in the first inning when Joe Carter reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on Maldonado's single.  They had men on first and second in the second and on second and third in the third, but did not score.  The Twins had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth, but Randy Bush lined into a double play.  So it stayed 1-0 Toronto until the fifth.

In the fifth, Eddie Zosky (who?) doubled and Ward singled to put the Blue Jays up 2-0.  The Twins put men on first and second in the fifth, but did not get on the board until the sixth.  Singles by Bush and Shane Mack and a walk to Scott Leius loaded the bases with one out.  Lenny Webster hit a sacrifice fly, cutting the margin to 2-1, but that was all the Twins got, and they would not come that close to taking the lead again.

Toronto got some insurance runs in the eighth.  Ward and Pat Border singled and Rance Mulliniks walked, loading the bases with one out.  Ed Sprague walked to force in a run and a sacrifice fly brought home another, making it 4-1.  The Twins did not get a baserunner after the sixth inning.

WP:  Stottlemyer (15-8).  LP:  Neagle (0-1).  S:  Duane Ward (22).

Notes:  Randy Bush was at DH in place of Chili Davis.  Paul Sorrento was at first base in place of Kent HrbekWebster was behind the plate in place of Brian Harper.  Al Newman was at shortstop in place of Greg Gagne.  Brown was in center field in place of Kirby Puckett.  Gene Larkin pinch-hit for Sorrento in the sixth and stayed in the game at first base.

Bush was 1-for-3 and was batting .309.  Mack was 1-for-4 and was batting .305.  Webster was 0-for-3 and was batting .303.

Newman was 0-for-2 with two walks and was batting .193 with an OPS of .472.

It had to be kind of strange to have a meaningless end-of-season three-game series against the team you would play in a few days for the League Championship.  Both teams treated it somewhat like a spring training game.  As you can see above, the Twins played a number of reserves.  The Blue Jays started most of their regulars, but substituted for them as the game progressed.  Both starters pitched just five innings even though the score was 2-1 after five.

This was the only decision Neagle would have as a Twin, as he was traded after the season.

Eddie Zosky played in forty-four major league games over five seasons and ten years.  He was a good field-no hit infielder who was drafted by Toronto in the first round out of Cal State-Fresno.  He spent two season in AA, where he had a decent but not great batting average, did not draw a whole lot of walks, and had little power.  He hit .264/.315/.350 in AAA in 1991 and got a September call-up, going 4-for-27 in 18 games.  He batted just .231 in AAA in 1992 but again got a September call-up, going 2-for-7 in 8 games.  He missed much of 1993, presumably to injury, was in AAA in 1994, then moved to the Marlins.  He was in AAA for them in 1995 but did get called up for about three weeks early in the season, going 1-for-5.  By this time he was in his late twenties and no longer a prospect, but he kept playing.  He was in the minors for Baltimore in 1996, San Francisco in 1997, and Milwaukee in 1998.  He was still with the Brewers in 1999 and got another September call-up, going 1-for-7.  He was with Pittsburgh and Houston in 2000 and got one more September call-up with the Astros, going 0-for-4.  Adding it all up, he was 8-for-50 in the majors, posting a line of .160/.173/.260.  He was well thought of early on:  Baseball America had him as the third-best prospect in the Southern League in 1990 and as the twenty-second-best prospect in all of baseball in 1991.  As a scout once said, you can talk all you want about the five tools, but none of the others mean much if you can't hit.

Record:  The Twins were 94-66, in first place in the American League West, eight games ahead of Chicago.

1991 Rewind: Game One Hundred Fourteen


Date:  Tuesday, August 13.

Batting stars:  Chili Davis was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Kent Hrbek was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Batting stars:  Terry Leach struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit.  Denny Neagle pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks and striking out two.

Opposition stars:  Jim Abbott pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks and striking out four.  Wally Joyner was 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs.  Luis Polonia was 3-for-6 with a stolen base (his thirty-third) and two RBIs.  Lance Parrish was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (his thirteenth), a walk, and two runs.  Gary Gaetti was 2-for-4 with two walks.

The game:  The Angels put men on first and third in the first inning but did not score.  The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the first when Kirby Puckett hit a two-out single, stole second, and scored on a Davis double.  California took a 2-1 lead in the second when Shawn Abner singled and Parrish followed with a two-run homer.

The Angels took control in the fourth.  Abner walked and went from first to third on a ground out to third base.  An error scored him and put Luis Sojo on second.  Dick Schofield walked.  There were then three consecutive RBI singles, by Polonia, Joyner, and Gaetti, to put California up 6-1.

The Twins got somewhat back into it in the sixth.  Gene Larkin walked and went to second on a passed ball.  Greg Gagne delivered a run-scoring single with two down and Dan Gladden followed with a triple to cut the margin to 6-3.

That was as good as it got.  The Angels added a couple of runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Polonia and Joyner.

WP:  Abbott (11-8).  LP:  Willie Banks (1-1).  S:  Bryan Harvey (26).

Notes:  Brian Harper came out after the fifth inning and was replaced by Junior Ortiz.  He had batted ending the fifth--perhaps he was injured in the at-bat.  Al Newman pinch-hit for Scott Leius in the eighth and Mike Pagliarulo pinch-hit for Gagne in the eighth.  Both stayed in the game, with Newman going to shortstop and Pagliarulo to third base.

Puckett was 1-for-5 and was batting .327.  Harper was 0-for-3 to make his average .308.

Banks pitched 3.1 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks and striking out three.  His ERA was 6.35.  Leach lowered his ERA to 2.76.  Neagle went down to 3.18.

This was Banks' second start of his career.  He would make one more this season.

It was also the second appearance of Neagle's career.  He had made a start on July 27.  He would make three more relief appearances and then make two more starts at the end of the season.  That would, of course, be the extent of his career with the Twins, as he was traded after the season with Midre Cummings for John Smiley.

The Twins were 2-for-12 with men in scoring position.

The White Sox lost a doubleheader to the Tigers, 11-9 and 4-3, so despite the loss the Twins gained a half game on their nearest challenger.

Record:  The Twins were 68-46, in first place in the American League West, 2.5 games ahead of Chicago.