MINNESOTA 8, TEXAS 5 IN TEXAS (GAME 2 OF DOUBLEHEADER)
Date: Friday, June 27.
Batting stars: Dan Ford was 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. Jerry Terrell was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Lyman Bostock was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs.
Pitching star: Vic Albury pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run on one hit and no walks and striking out four.
Opposition star: Roy Howell was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs.
The game: The Twins took the lead in the first inning. Bostock led off with a double, went to third on a pickoff error, and scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. The Twins opened the second with two singles, but a strikeout/throwout double play took them out of the inning. In the third, Glenn Borgmann led off with a triple and Bostock followed with a double. Ford delivered a two-out single to put the Twins ahead 3-0.
The Rangers got on the board in the fourth when Cesar Tovar doubled and scored on a Mike Hargrove single. Texas then took the lead in the fifth. Tom Grieve led off with a single and scored from first on Howell's double. Roy Smalley's RBI single tied it, and singles by Jim Sundberg and Mike Cubbage put the Rangers up 4-3.
The lead didn't survive the next half-inning, though. Steve Braun walked, went to second on a ground out, and scored the tying run when Terrell singled. Terrell went to second on the throw home, took third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch (Twins Baseball!) to give the Twins a 5-4 advantage.
Texas tied it in the seventh when Howell doubled and scored on an error. It stayed 5-5 until the ninth. With two out, Rod Carew walked, Steve Brye singled, and Eric Soderholm walked, loading the bases. Ford then delivered a two-run single and Terrell had an RBI single to make the score 8-5. The Rangers went down in order in the ninth, and in fact their last nine batters were retired.
WP: Albury (5-4). LP: Jim Umbarger (4-4). S: None.
Notes: Tom Kelly was at first base in place of John Briggs, who was out for a week or so. Briggs had come over in a trade from Milwaukee a couple of weeks earlier. Sadly, we did not hit the game in which Kelly hit his home run--he was 0-for-3. He would go back to the minors about two weeks later.
Terrell was at third base in place of Soderholm. Steve Braun, normally in left field, was the DH in place of Tony Oliva. That moved Bostock from right to left and put Brye in right.
Soderholm pinch-hit for Braun in the seventh. Danny Walton pinch-hit for Kelly in the eighth and stayed in the game at first base. Luis Gomez came in for defense in the ninth, replacing Danny Thompson at short.
Carew was batting .369. He would finish at .359. Terrell was batting .327. He would finish at .286. Braun was batting .303. He would finish at .302. Larry Hisle would bat .314 in 255 at-bats. The Twins batted .271, which was second in the league to Boston's .275.
Ford led the team with just 15 home runs. Carew was right behind at 14 and Oliva was next with 13. Soderholm, Braun, and Hisle each had 11. The Twins hit 121 home runs, which was eighth in the league. Cleveland led with 153. California was last with only 55 home runs.
Bert Blyleven led the staff, going 15-10, 3.00. Jim Hughes was 16-14, 3.82--Twins fans really thought he was going to be something. Having him throw 250 innings with 12 complete games at age 23 might not have been such a bright idea. Dave Goltz, who started this game, went 14-14, 3.67. The fourth starter spot was split between Ray Corbin and Albury, neither of whom got much accomplished. Tom Burgmeier and Bill Campbell handled closing chores, and while they did fine they didn't get much help. The Twins' team ERA was 4.05, tenth in the league. Baltimore led at 3.17. The Twins were ninth in WHIP at 1.40. Baltimore led there, too at 1.23.
As you probably noticed, there are players with connections to the Twins playing for Texas: Cesar Tovar, Mike Cubbage, Roy Smalley, and Bill Hands, who started the game for the Rangers.
The Twins lost the first game of the doubleheader 2-0. This was one of only two wins out of eleven games.
Record: The Twins were 32-37, in fourth place in the American League West, 12.5 games behind Oakland. They would finish 76-83, in fourth place, 20.5 games behind Oakland.
The Rangers were 35-38, in third place in the American League West, 11.5 games behind Oakland. They would finish 79-83, in third place, 19 games behind Oakland.
Random record: The Twins are 59-52 in Random Rewind games.