1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 7

2009 Twins Score Four in Eighth Inning to Win a Wild Game 7

The 1987 Twins had a two run lead heading into the eighth inning, thanks in part to Roy Smalley’s three-run home run. The hope for Tom Kelly was that Keith Atherton could pitch a scoreless eighth paving the way for Jeff Reardon in the ninth. Those plans never came to fruition.

While Atherton had recorded three outs by facing two batters in the previous inning, he was greeted in the eighth with back-to-back home runs by Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer (the second of the game for the right fielder) that tied the game at 7-7.

After retiring the next two batters he faced, Atherton issued a walk to pinch-hitter Jose Morales. Kelly went to Reardon to try and maintain the tie. Nick Punto greeted the closer with a single to short left field. Reardon then made a pitch to Span that should have ended the inning. A routine grounder to one of the most reliable shortstops in baseball is converted to an out 99 out of 100 times or more, but this time Greg Gagne fumbled the ball and everyone was safe.

With the bases loaded, Ron Gardenhire went to the bench to look for the hero of the tie-breaker game against the 2009 Tigers: Alexi Casilla. With the bases loaded and two outs, Casilla came through again with a bleeder up the middle that scored two runs and put the 2009 Twins ahead, 9-7.

Joe Nathan worked around a couple of ninth inning hits to close the door and earn his fourth save of the series. After the 1987 Twins took the lead, Matt Guerrier settled things down with two scoreless innings of work. For his effort he earned the win.

Kirby Puckett was named the series MVP, batting .467/.467/.553 with six runs scored a three RBI in his team’s losing effort.

Box and PBP Below the Fold

6/16/2010, Min87-Min09, Metrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1987 Twins             0  0  0  2  3  2  0  0  0     7 16  2     9  1
2009 Twins             1  1  0  2  0  1  0  4  x     9 12  0     6  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  5  1  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .219    1  0  0  0
Gagne             ss  5  2  2  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .310    4  2  1  0
Puckett           cf  5  0  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  .467    2  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .360    7  3  0  0
Gaetti            3b  5  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .241    1  2  0  0
Smalley           dh  5  2  3  3  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  0  0  0
 Davidson         pr  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Brunansky         rf  4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  .250    1  0  0  0
Lombardozzi       2b  4  0  2  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .304    0  3  0  0
Laudner           c   4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .136    6  0  1  0
Viola             p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  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
 Reardon          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     42  7 16  7  3  1  1  0  7  0  1  0  1  0  0         24 11  2  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Span              cf  5  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .241    2  0  0  0
Cabrera,O         ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .214    5  2  0  0
 Casilla,A        ph  1  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
Mauer             c   5  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .280    7  1  0  0
Morneau           1b  4  1  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .357    7  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  4  2  2  2  0  0  2  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .238    3  0  0  0
Kubel             dh  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .208    0  0  0  0
Young,Delm        lf  4  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .133    1  0  0  0
Tolbert           3b  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .286    0  3  0  0
 Morales,J        ph  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
 Harris,B         3b  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Punto             2b  4  1  2  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .188    2  3  0  0
Pavano            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Dickey           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Guerrier         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  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
                     36  9 12  9  1  0  3  3  4  1  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
Viola                            6.0  8  5  4  2  4  93  63   28  1  0  0  0  0  2.74
Atherton         BS 1, L 0-1     1.2  2  3  2  1  0  25  13    7  2  0  0  0  1  4.91
Reardon                          0.1  2  1  0  0  0   7   6    4  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 8.0 12  9  6  3  4 125  82   39  3  0  0  0  1 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Pavano                           4.2 10  5  5  0  2  86  63   24  1  0  0  0  0  6.17
Dickey                           1.1  3  2  2  0  1  29  17    7  0  0  1  0  0  4.50
Guerrier         W 2-1           2.0  1  0  0  0  2  20  14    7  0  0  0  0  0  7.11
Nathan           S 4             1.0  2  0  0  0  2  21  13    5  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0 16  7  7  0  7 156 107   43  1  0  1  0  0 

Min: Davidson ran for Smalley in the 9th
Min: Morales,J batted for Tolbert in the 8th
     Casilla,A batted for Cabrera,O in the 8th
     Harris,B inserted at 3b in the 9th
     Casilla,A moved to ss in the 9th

GWRBI: Casilla,A
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1987 Twins             0  0  0  2  3  2  0  0  0     7 16  2     9  1
2009 Twins             1  1  0  2  0  1  0  4  x     9 12  0     6  0

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

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Gladden grounded out to second (X)
 0-0  1 --- 31  Gagne grounded out to third (CBBBX)
 0-0  2 --- 11  Puckett reached on an infield single to the pitcher (CBX)
 0-0  2 1-- 20  Hrbek grounded a single between first and second, Puckett
                  to second (BBX)
 0-0  2 12- 02  Gaetti struck out (FCFFFS)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Span grounded a single up the middle (CBX)
 0-0  0 1-- 00  Span stole second, Span to third on an error by the
                  catcher Laudner (>C)
 0-0  0 --3 11  Cabrera,O grounded out to third (>C.BX)
 0-0  1 --3 11  Mauer grounded a single up the middle, Span scored (CBX)
 0-1  1 1-- 01  Morneau grounded to first, forcing Mauer at second,
                  Morneau to first (FX)
 0-1  2 1-- 12  Cuddyer struck out (BFCS)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 00  Smalley flied out to left (X)
 0-1  1 --- 02  Brunansky flied out to right (CCX)
 0-1  2 --- 01  Lombardozzi grounded a single up the middle (CX)
 0-1  2 1-- 12  Laudner flied out to center (CSBFFX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 01  Kubel grounded out to first (FX)
 0-1  1 --- 12  Young,Delm lined a single between third and short (BSFX)
 0-1  1 1-- 12  Tolbert lined a single down the left field line,
                  Young,Delm to third (CBFF1X)
 0-1  1 1-3 01  Punto grounded to second, forcing Tolbert at second,
                  Young,Delm scored, Tolbert out at second, Punto to
                  first (SX)
 0-2  2 1-- 10  Span grounded out to second (BX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-2  0 --- 20  Gladden reached on an infield single to short (BBX)
 0-2  0 1-- 21  Gagne grounded to second, forcing Gladden at second,
                  Gagne to first (BBFX)
 0-2  1 1-- 01  Puckett grounded out to third, Gagne to second (FX)
 0-2  2 -2- 32  Hrbek flied out to center (BBBCCX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-2  0 --- 20  Cabrera,O lined out to right (BBX)
 0-2  1 --- 22  Mauer struck out (BFFBFC)
 0-2  2 --- 12  Morneau flied out to left (BSFX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-2  0 --- 12  Gaetti lined a single to shallow left (BCFFX)
 0-2  0 1-- 11  Smalley lined a double to right center, Gaetti to third
                  (BFX)
 0-2  0 -23 22  Brunansky grounded out to short, Gaetti scored (CBSBFFX)
 1-2  1 -2- 11  Lombardozzi grounded a triple down the first base line,
                  Smalley scored (BCX)
 2-2  1 --3 12  Laudner struck out (CFBS)
 2-2  2 --3 11  Gladden grounded out to short (BCX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-2  0 --- 12  Cuddyer struck out (CSBFS)
 2-2  1 --- 12  Kubel struck out (CSFBC)
 2-2  2 --- 00  Young,Delm grounded a single up the middle (X)
 2-2  2 1-- 32  Tolbert walked, Young,Delm to second (BBFFFB>B)
 2-2  2 12- 10  Punto lined a double to left center, Young,Delm scored,
                  Tolbert scored (BX)
 2-4  2 -2- 00  Span lined out to center (X)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-4  0 --- 12  Gagne grounded a single between third and short (CBSFX)
 2-4  0 1-- 01  Puckett flied out to right (CX)
 2-4  1 1-- 12  Hrbek popped out to short (FSFB1FX)
 2-4  2 1-- 01  Gaetti grounded a single between third and short, Gagne
                  to second (SX)
 2-4  2 12- 00  Smalley homered deep to right, Gagne scored, Gaetti
                  scored (X)
                Dickey now pitching
 5-4  2 --- 10  Brunansky was hit by a pitch (BH)
 5-4  2 1-- 10  Lombardozzi grounded to second, forcing Brunansky at
                  second (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 5-4  0 --- 01  Cabrera,O grounded out to second (CX)
 5-4  1 --- 21  Mauer popped out to the catcher (BBFX)
 5-4  2 --- 01  Morneau popped out to the catcher (SX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 5-4  0 --- 32  Laudner struck out (CSBBBS)
 5-4  1 --- 22  Gladden lined a double to right center (FBFBX)
 5-4  1 -2- 22  Gagne lined a double down the left field line, Gladden
                  scored (CCBBFX)
 6-4  1 -2- 01  Puckett grounded a single up the middle, Gagne scored (FX)
 7-4  1 1-- 22  Hrbek popped out to second (BSBCX)
 7-4  2 1-- 00  Puckett was caught stealing second (>C)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 7-4  0 --- 11  Cuddyer homered deep to right center (CBX)
 7-5  0 --- 32  Kubel grounded out to first (FCBFBBX)
 7-5  1 --- 01  Young,Delm grounded out to short (CX)
 7-5  2 --- 32  Tolbert walked (FBBFBB)
 7-5  2 1-- 00  Punto popped out to third (X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
                Guerrier now pitching
 7-5  0 --- 11  Gaetti popped out to first (BCX)
 7-5  1 --- 10  Smalley popped out to short (BX)
 7-5  2 --- 22  Brunansky struck out (BCBFS)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 7-5  0 --- 10  Span lined a single between third and short (BX)
                Atherton now pitching
 7-5  0 1-- 00  Cabrera,O grounded into a double play, Gagne to Hrbek (X)
 7-5  2 --- 11  Mauer popped out to short (BFX)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 7-5  0 --- 00  Lombardozzi popped out to short (X)
 7-5  1 --- 22  Laudner struck out (BCFBS)
 7-5  2 --- 00  Gladden grounded a single up the middle (X)
 7-5  2 1-- 02  Gagne grounded out to third (CCX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 7-5  0 --- 11  Morneau homered deep to right (BCX)
 7-6  0 --- 20  Cuddyer homered deep to left center (BBX)
 7-7  0 --- 10  Kubel grounded out to third (BX)
 7-7  1 --- 32  Young,Delm lined out to center (BBBCSFX)
                Morales,J pinch hitting for Tolbert
 7-7  2 --- 32  Morales,J walked (BBCBCB)
                Reardon now pitching
 7-7  2 1-- 11  Punto lined a single to shallow left, Morales,J to second
                  (BCX)
 7-7  2 12- 00  Morales,J to third, Punto to second, Span to first on an
                  error by the shortstop Gagne (X)
                Casilla,A pinch hitting for Cabrera,O
 7-7  2 123 01  Casilla,A grounded a single up the middle, Morales,J
                  scored, Punto scored, Span to third (FX)
 7-9  2 1-3 00  Mauer grounded out to the mound (X)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Harris,B now playing third base
                Casilla,A moved to shortstop
                Nathan now pitching
 7-9  0 --- 00  Puckett lined a single to right center (X)
 7-9  0 1-- 22  Hrbek lined out to right (BFBSX)
 7-9  1 1-- 12  Gaetti struck out (BFCS)
 7-9  2 1-- 21  Smalley grounded a single between first and second,
                  Puckett to second (CBBX)
                Davidson pinch running for Smalley
 7-9  2 12- 32  Brunansky struck out (BBFCB>F>C)
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2 Responses to 1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 7

  1. Beau says:

    Did you sim just one series, or did you sim 100 and just pick the best and most representative one?

  2. Scot says:

    I just did the one to start with. I actually did two more after just to see what happened – 2009 swept in the first and won in six in the second.

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