2006 Playoffs Redux: ALCS Game 1

Tuesday October 10, 2006
Metrodome

Kubel Comes Through in 11th, Twins Take Game 1

If the first game is any indication, fans are in for a classic ALCS. The Twins and the Tigers went into extra innings before the Twins finally pulled out their fourth consecutive playoff victory (fifth consecutive victory overall).

While Johan Santana was dealing early, the Twins’ offense got off to a good start. In the bottom of the second inning, Jason Bartlett homered with Rondell White and Phil Nevin both on base to give the home team a 3-0 lead. A Brandon Inge solo shot in the third cut the deficit, but Santana held the Tigers to just that single run until the sixth inning.

With two on and two out in the sixth, Magglio Ordonez homered deep down the left-field line to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.

That score held until the bottom of the eighth inning. With Fernando Rodney on the mound, Luis Castillo and Joe Mauer both singled to put runners at first and third with two out. It was the first hit of the playoffs for Mauer, but Michael Cuddyer seems to have made a habit of getting big hits this playoff season. He did it again with an RBI single off of Todd Jones that tied the game and ultimately forced extra innings.

Jones stayed in the game and held the Twins scoreless in the bottom of the ninth and tenth. Juan Rincon came on in the ninth inning for the Twins and held the Tigers scoreless, despite allowing a runner as far as third base in the 11th.

It all came to an end in the bottom of the 11th, however, when Cuddyer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a Justin Morneau single, and a Torii Hunter grounder moved the runners over with one out.

In one of the more interesting moves of the game, the Tigers chose to intentionally walk Jason Tyner to load the bases with Jason Kubel on deck. Kubel delivered the single, and the Twins took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Box and Play-by-play below the fold.

10/10/2006, Det06-Min06, Metrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11     R  H  E   LOB DP
2006 Detroit           0  0  1  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0     4  8  0     4  1
2006 Minnesota         0  3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1     5 10  0     8  0

Detroit              AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Granderson        cf  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    5  0  0  0
Polanco           2b  5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    2  8  0  0
Casey             1b  5  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200   12  2  0  0
Ordonez           rf  5  1  1  3  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    3  0  0  0
Guillen           ss  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  1  0  0
Rodriguez         c   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    5  1  0  0
Monroe            lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  1  0  0
Thames            dh  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    0  0  0  0
Inge              3b  4  2  3  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .750    0  4  0  0
Robertson         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Rodney           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Jones            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     41  4  8  4  0  0  2  0 10  0  0  0  0  0  0         31 17  0  0

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Castillo          2b  5  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .400    0  4  0  0
Punto             3b  5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    2  1  0  0
Mauer             c   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250   10  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  3  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .333    2  0  0  0
Morneau           1b  5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    8  0  0  0
Hunter            cf  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    8  0  0  0
White             lf  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Tyner            ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  1  1  0  0  0 1.000    1  0  0  0
Nevin             dh  2  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
 Kubel            ph  3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  0  0  0
Bartlett          ss  4  1  1  3  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  1  0  0
Santana           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Reyes            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Rincon           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     38  5 10  5  1  0  1  5  5  0  1  1  1  0  0         33  6  0  0

Detroit                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Robertson                        6.0  3  3  3  3  2  77  48   23  1  0  0  0  1  4.50
Rodney           H 1             1.2  2  1  1  1  3  23  16    7  0  0  0  0  0  5.40
Jones            BS 1, L 0-1     2.2  5  1  1  1  0  36  23   14  0  1  1  0  0  3.38
                                10.1 10  5  5  5  5 136  87   44  1  1  1  0  1 

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Santana                          7.0  6  4  4  0  7 109  77   27  2  0  0  0  0  5.14
Reyes                            1.0  0  0  0  0  2  11   8    3  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Rincon           W 1-0           3.0  2  0  0  0  1  39  26   11  0  0  0  1  0  0.00
                                11.0  8  4  4  0 10 159 111   41  2  0  0  1  0 

Min: Tyner batted for White in the 7th
     Kubel batted for Nevin in the 7th
     Tyner moved to lf in the 8th

GWRBI: Kubel
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.
10/10/2006, Det06-Min06, Metrodome
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Detroit batting
 0-0  0 --- 12  Granderson struck out (CCBS)
 0-0  1 --- 12  Polanco flied out to left (CBSFX)
 0-0  2 --- 32  Casey struck out (BFCBFFBFFC)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Minnesota batting
 0-0  0 --- 10  Castillo grounded a single between first and second (BX)
 0-0  0 1-- 31  Punto flied out to right (FBBBX)
 0-0  1 1-- 12  Mauer grounded to first, forcing Castillo at second,
                  Mauer to first (CCBFX)
 0-0  2 1-- 32  Cuddyer walked, Mauer to second (B+1SSFBB>B)
 0-0  2 12- 12  Morneau struck out (CBFS)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Detroit batting
 0-0  0 --- 01  Ordonez grounded out to third (CX)
 0-0  1 --- 00  Guillen flied out to center (X)
 0-0  2 --- 10  Rodriguez lined a single to shallow left (BX)
 0-0  2 1-- 12  Monroe struck out (BCSS)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Minnesota batting
 0-0  0 --- 01  Hunter flied out to center (CX)
 0-0  1 --- 30  White walked (BBBB)
 0-0  1 1-- 01  Nevin doubled deep to right center, White to third (SX)
 0-0  1 -23 10  Bartlett homered deep to left center, White scored, Nevin
                  scored (BX)
 0-3  1 --- 10  Castillo flied out to center (BX)
 0-3  2 --- 00  Punto grounded out to third (X)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Detroit batting
 0-3  0 --- 32  Thames struck out (BFSBFBC)
 0-3  1 --- 22  Inge homered deep down the left-field line (BBSFX)
 1-3  1 --- 20  Granderson popped out to center (BBX)
 1-3  2 --- 12  Polanco grounded out to first (FBSX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Minnesota batting
 1-3  0 --- 02  Mauer struck out (CFC)
 1-3  1 --- 00  Cuddyer flied out to left (X)
 1-3  2 --- 12  Morneau grounded out to first (FFBX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Detroit batting
 1-3  0 --- 12  Casey grounded out to second (BSCX)
 1-3  1 --- 12  Ordonez flied out to center (CCBX)
 1-3  2 --- 02  Guillen struck out (CFFFS)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Minnesota batting
 1-3  0 --- 10  Hunter grounded out to second (BX)
 1-3  1 --- 00  White flied out to right (X)
 1-3  2 --- 01  Nevin grounded out to second (SX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Detroit batting
 1-3  0 --- 22  Rodriguez lined out to center (SCBFBFX)
 1-3  1 --- 22  Monroe flied out to center (BSBSX)
 1-3  2 --- 00  Thames flied out to center (X)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Minnesota batting
 1-3  0 --- 11  Bartlett grounded out to second (CBX)
 1-3  1 --- 11  Castillo grounded out to third (CBX)
 1-3  2 --- 02  Punto flied out to right (CFX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Detroit batting
 1-3  0 --- 00  Inge grounded a single between third and short (X)
 1-3  0 1-- 00  Granderson flied out to right (X)
 1-3  1 1-- 12  Polanco flied out to right (CFBX)
 1-3  2 1-- 00  Casey grounded a single between first and second, Inge to
                  second (X)
 1-3  2 12- 22  Ordonez homered deep down the left-field line, Inge
                  scored, Casey scored (CFFBFBX)
 4-3  2 --- 11  Guillen grounded out to short (BCX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Minnesota batting
 4-3  0 --- 32  Mauer walked (CCBBBFB)
 4-3  0 1-- 32  Cuddyer flied out to center (BCBFBX)
 4-3  1 1-- 22  Morneau grounded into a double play, Guillen to Polanco
                  to Casey (CSBBFX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Detroit batting
 4-3  0 --- 11  Rodriguez flied out to center (BCX)
 4-3  1 --- 32  Monroe struck out (BBCBSC)
 4-3  2 --- 32  Thames struck out (BBCBFS)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Minnesota batting
                Rodney now pitching
 4-3  0 --- 02  Hunter struck out (SSFS)
                Tyner pinch hitting for White
 4-3  1 --- 30  Tyner walked (BBBB)
                Kubel pinch hitting for Nevin
 4-3  1 1-- 00  Tyner was caught stealing second (>S)
 4-3  2 --- 01  Kubel grounded out to second (>S.X)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Detroit batting
                Tyner moved to left field
 4-3  0 --- 02  Inge grounded a single up the middle (CSFX)
                Reyes now pitching
 4-3  0 1-- 12  Granderson struck out (BCSS)
 4-3  1 1-- 12  Polanco struck out (CSBS)
 4-3  2 1-- 11  Casey grounded to second, forcing Inge at second (BCX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Minnesota batting
 4-3  0 --- 12  Bartlett struck out (BCSFS)
 4-3  1 --- 01  Castillo lined a single to right center (CX)
 4-3  1 1-- 22  Punto struck out (1BFFBS)
 4-3  2 1-- 00  Mauer lined a single between first and second, Castillo
                  to third (X)
                Jones now pitching
 4-3  2 1-3 01  Cuddyer lined a single to right, Castillo scored, Mauer
                  to third (CX)
 4-4  2 1-3 11  Morneau grounded out to second (BFX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Detroit batting
                Rincon now pitching
 4-4  0 --- 22  Ordonez struck out (BCFFBS)
 4-4  1 --- 10  Guillen grounded out to first (BX)
 4-4  2 --- 00  Rodriguez grounded out to second (X)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Minnesota batting
 4-4  0 --- 10  Hunter grounded out to third (BX)
 4-4  1 --- 01  Tyner lined a single to shallow left (CX)
 4-4  1 1-- 01  Kubel flied out to center (CX)
 4-4  2 1-- 00  Bartlett flied out to center (X)

**************  Top of the 10th inning, Detroit batting
 4-4  0 --- 00  Monroe lined out to third (X)
 4-4  1 --- 12  Thames lined a single to left center (BCSX)
 4-4  1 1-- 01  Inge flied out to left (CX)
 4-4  2 1-- 21  Granderson popped out to first (BFBX)

**************  Bottom of the 10th inning, Minnesota batting
 4-4  0 --- 20  Castillo grounded out to third (BBX)
 4-4  1 --- 32  Punto lined a single to left center, Punto out at second
                  (BBFBFX)
 4-4  2 --- 00  Mauer grounded out to second (X)

**************  Top of the 11th inning, Detroit batting
 4-4  0 --- 02  Polanco grounded a single up the middle (CFFX)
 4-4  0 1-- 10  Casey popped out to third (BX)
 4-4  1 1-- 32  Ordonez grounded out to second, Polanco to second (BSBBCX)
 4-4  2 -2- 00  Rincon threw a wild pitch, Polanco to third (B)
 4-4  2 --3 32  Guillen flied out to center (B.CFBBFX)

**************  Bottom of the 11th inning, Minnesota batting
 4-4  0 --- 00  Cuddyer was hit by a pitch (H)
 4-4  0 1-- 01  Morneau lined a single to shallow left, Cuddyer to second
                  (CX)
 4-4  0 12- 12  Hunter grounded out to second, Cuddyer to third, Morneau
                  to second (CBCFX)
 4-4  1 -23 30  Tyner was walked intentionally (IIII)
 4-4  1 123 01  Kubel singled to left, Cuddyer scored, Morneau to third,
                  Tyner to second (CX)
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