October 12, 2002
For the second straight game, the Twins were held to just a single run. This time, the run was too little too late in a 7-1 loss that put the team on the brink of elimination.
By the time David Ortiz his his ninth inning RBI single, the Twins were already down by seven runs. Despite the final score, however, the bulk of the game was very tight.
Brad Radke held the Angels in check for six innings, allowing just a pair of hits. His counterpart, John Lackey, matched him inning-for-inning, holding the Twins to just three hits in seven innings.
It all came unraveled for Radke and the Twins in the seventh inning, however.
Anaheim’s Darin Erstad began the seventh inning with a single then stole second base and advanced to third on catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s throwing error. Troy Glaus, who provided the game-winning homer Friday, hit an RBI single to left field to score Erstad and break the deadlock.
Radke allowed one more run in the inning on a Scott Spiezio RBI double.
Radke left the game but the Minnesota bullpen, which had been such a strength for the team during the season, had one of its worst days, allowing five more runs over the course of an inning and a third.
1. John Lackey 0.48
2. Francisco Rodriguez 0.08
3. Brad Radke 0.07
1. AJ Pierzynski -0.13
2. Garrett Anderson -0.11
In the face of their daunting task, Mientkiewicz said the Twins have nothing to lose.
“If we walk away from here tomorrow and lose, let’s make sure we do it the right way,” he said. “Let’s make sure we let it all hang out. I don’t think we’ve done that the last couple of games.”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expects a big response from his players, especially after they let Saturday’s game get away at the end.
“I think they’re going to come out madder than hell tomorrow,” Gardenhire said. “I can promise you this — the Minnesota Twins will show up tomorrow. We’re going to try and get this thing back to the Metrodome and go from there.”