1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 5

Jason Kubel Knocks in Three, Helps ’09 Team Stay Alive

Neither Bert Blyleven nor Scott Baker allowed any runs in their first starts of the series. Baker went six scoreless to earn the victory in Game One, Blyleven pitched a complete game shutout in Game Two. While both pitched well in Game Five, the opposing offenses had a few more answers – both in the form of two-run home runs.

In the bottom of the second the 2009 Twins struck first. With Justin Morneau on second after his lead-off double, Jason Kubel launched a rocket to right-center off of Blyleven, who allowed 46 home runs during the 1987 regular season.

That looked like it might be enough for Baker, who was perfect through four innings, and didn’t allow a hit until the seventh. Kirby Puckett finally got to him with a single, and just as quickly Kent Hrbek ended the shutout and tied the game with one of his signature home runs over the Hardware Hank sign in right field.

Blyleven, who held the 2009 Twins scoreless after the Kubel home run, exited with the game tied after seven innings pitched. Dan Schatzeder started the eighth for the home team, and promptly allowed singles to both Mauer and Morneau. Keith Atherton came on to walk Michael Cuddyer to load the bases with no outs, giving Kubel another chance. While the result wasn’t a home run, it was just as dramatic, as Kubel blooped a single in front of Puckett in center field to score the go ahead run.

An insurance run scored on Delmon Young’s groundball double play, and it turned out the ’09 team would need that. Joe Nathan ran into some trouble in the ninth, thanks in part to another error committed by Orlando Cabrera at shortstop – his fifth of the series. The error resulted in a run when Nathan walked Roy Smalley with the bases loaded, but he was able to retire Tom Brunansky to extend the series.

Box and PBP below the fold.

6/13/2010, Min09-Min87, Metrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2009 Twins             0  2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     4  9  1     9  0
1987 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  1     3  3  0     4  1

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Span              cf  5  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  0  0  0
Cabrera,O         ss  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    1  4  1  0
Mauer             c   3  1  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  .278    4  0  0  0
Morneau           1b  5  2  2  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .350   13  1  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    2  0  0  0
Kubel             dh  4  1  2  3  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .294    0  0  0  0
Young,Delm        lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  0  0  0
Buscher           3b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .273    0  1  0  0
Punto             2b  2  0  1  0  1  0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .111    3  4  0  0
Baker,S           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Guerrier         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Nathan           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     35  4  9  3  2  0  1  5  5  1  0  2  0  0  0         27 11  1  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .130    6  0  0  0
Gagne             ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  3  0  0
Puckett           cf  4  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .381    3  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  3  1  1  2  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .471    9  0  0  0
Gaetti            3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    1  2  0  0
Smalley           dh  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    0  0  0  0
Brunansky         rf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    2  0  0  0
Lombardozzi       2b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .294    1  2  0  0
 Bush             ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    0  0  0  0
 Nieto            c   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
Laudner           c   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .176    5  0  0  0
 Larkin           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Newman           2b  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  0  0
Blyleven          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Schatzeder       p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Atherton         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     31  3  3  3  0  0  1  3  3  0  0  0  0  0  0         27  9  0  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Baker,S                          6.1  2  2  2  1  2  76  48   22  1  0  0  0  0  1.46
Guerrier         W 1-1           1.2  0  0  0  0  0  14  11    5  0  0  0  0  0 10.38
Nathan           S 2             1.0  1  1  0  2  1  30  16    7  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0  3  3  2  3  3 120  75   34  1  0  0  0  0 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Blyleven                         7.0  5  2  2  3  5  98  59   29  1  1  0  0  0  1.13
Schatzeder       L 0-1           0.0  2  2  2  0  0   8   6    2  0  0  0  0  0 99.00
Atherton                         2.0  2  0  0  2  0  29  13    9  0  1  0  0  1  0.00
                                 9.0  9  4  4  5  5 135  78   40  1  2  0  0  1 

Min: Bush batted for Lombardozzi in the 8th
     Larkin batted for Laudner in the 8th
     Nieto inserted at c in the 9th
     Newman inserted at 2b in the 9th

GWRBI: Kubel
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2009 Twins             0  2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0     4  9  1     9  0
1987 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  1     3  3  0     4  1

Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Span grounded out to third (X)
 0-0  1 --- 20  Cabrera,O flied out to center (BBX)
 0-0  2 --- 00  Mauer lined out to left (X)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 02  Gladden popped out to first (CSX)
 0-0  1 --- 21  Gagne popped out to the catcher (FBBX)
 0-0  2 --- 31  Puckett popped out to second (CBBBX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 32  Morneau lined a double to right center (FBFBBX)
 0-0  0 -2- 22  Cuddyer struck out (BBCSS)
 0-0  1 -2- 20  Kubel homered deep to right center, Morneau scored (BBX)
 2-0  1 --- 02  Young,Delm flied out to left (CCX)
 2-0  2 --- 01  Buscher flied out to center (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 10  Hrbek popped out to short (BX)
 2-0  1 --- 12  Gaetti flied out to left (CBSX)
 2-0  2 --- 21  Smalley flied out to right (CBBX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 30  Punto walked (BBBB)
 2-0  0 1-- 01  Span flied out to right (C11X)
 2-0  1 1-- 00  Punto stole second (>C)
 2-0  1 -2- 21  Cabrera,O flied out to left (>C.BBX)
 2-0  2 -2- 30  Mauer was walked intentionally (IIII)
 2-0  2 12- 11  Morneau flied out to left (CBX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 01  Brunansky popped out to first (FX)
 2-0  1 --- 12  Lombardozzi flied out to center (BCCX)
 2-0  2 --- 02  Laudner grounded out to the mound (SFX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 21  Cuddyer flied out to left (BBFX)
 2-0  1 --- 01  Kubel popped out to first (FX)
 2-0  2 --- 12  Young,Delm struck out (SFBS)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 00  Gladden grounded out to second (X)
 2-0  1 --- 31  Gagne grounded out to short (BBFBX)
 2-0  2 --- 21  Puckett grounded out to short (FBBX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 32  Buscher struck out (BBCFBS)
 2-0  1 --- 21  Punto doubled deep to right center (BCBX)
 2-0  1 -2- 22  Span grounded out to short (BBSCX)
 2-0  2 -2- 10  Cabrera,O grounded out to third (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 31  Hrbek walked (BBBCB)
 2-0  0 1-- 01  Gaetti popped out to second (1>F>X)
 2-0  1 1-- 22  Smalley struck out (FFBBS)
 2-0  2 1-- 32  Brunansky grounded out to second (1CBBBF>X)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 01  Mauer flied out to center (SX)
 2-0  1 --- 12  Morneau struck out (BFFS)
 2-0  2 --- 11  Cuddyer grounded out to second (CBX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 12  Lombardozzi grounded out to second (CCFFBFX)
 2-0  1 --- 22  Laudner struck out (BCBCS)
 2-0  2 --- 00  Gladden grounded out to third (X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 02  Kubel struck out (CFC)
 2-0  1 --- 00  Young,Delm flied out to left (X)
 2-0  2 --- 01  Buscher lined a single to center (CX)
 2-0  2 1-- 31  Punto walked, Buscher to second (FBBBB)
 2-0  2 12- 12  Span reached on an infield single to second, Buscher to
                  third, Punto to second (CBFFX)
 2-0  2 123 12  Cabrera,O grounded to third, forcing Punto at third
                  (BCSFX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 00  Gagne flied out to right (X)
 2-0  1 --- 00  Puckett lined a single to shallow right (X)
 2-0  1 1-- 10  Hrbek homered deep to right, Puckett scored (BX)
                Guerrier now pitching
 2-2  1 --- 01  Gaetti popped out to second (CX)
 2-2  2 --- 01  Smalley grounded out to first (CX)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
                Schatzeder now pitching
 2-2  0 --- 12  Mauer grounded a single up the middle (SFBX)
 2-2  0 1-- 12  Morneau lined a single between first and second, Mauer to
                  second (BCCX)
                Atherton now pitching
 2-2  0 12- 31  Cuddyer walked, Mauer to third, Morneau to second (BCBBB)
 2-2  0 123 11  Kubel lined a single to shallow center, Mauer scored,
                  Morneau to third, Cuddyer to second (BFX)
 3-2  0 123 11  Young,Delm grounded into a double play, Gagne to
                  Lombardozzi to Hrbek, Morneau scored, Cuddyer to third
                  (SBX)
 4-2  2 --3 00  Buscher lined out to right (X)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 4-2  0 --- 10  Brunansky flied out to left (BX)
                Bush pinch hitting for Lombardozzi
 4-2  1 --- 12  Bush grounded out to short (CBFFX)
                Larkin pinch hitting for Laudner
 4-2  2 --- 11  Larkin grounded out to first (FBX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Nieto now playing catcher
                Newman now playing second base
 4-2  0 --- 31  Punto grounded out to short (CBBBX)
 4-2  1 --- 22  Span reached on an infield single to third (BFBCX)
 4-2  1 1-- 00  Cabrera,O grounded out to second, Span to second (1>X)
 4-2  2 -2- 30  Mauer was walked intentionally (IIII)
 4-2  2 12- 10  Morneau grounded out to second (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Nathan now pitching
 4-2  0 --- 10  Gladden grounded out to short (BX)
 4-2  1 --- 12  Gagne grounded out to second (FFFBX)
 4-2  2 --- 00  Puckett lined a single to shallow right (X)
 4-2  2 1-- 31  Puckett to second, Hrbek to first on an error by the
                  shortstop Cabrera,O (BBBCX)
 4-2  2 12- 32  Gaetti walked, Puckett to third, Hrbek to second
                  (FBFBFB>B)
 4-2  2 123 31  Smalley walked, Puckett scored, Hrbek to third, Gaetti to
                  second (CBBBB)
 4-3  2 123 12  Brunansky struck out (BSCFC)
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2 Responses to 1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 5

  1. Beau says:

    I guess Blyleven didn’t want to win that game bad enough

  2. Scot says:

    “In my day we didn’t have pitch counts….”

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