Game 116: California Angels (58-56) @ Minnesota Twins (62-53)

Thursday August 13, 1987

Angels 5, Twins 1

Though the Twins managed nine hits against Angels starter Mike Witt, they only scored once. The Angels on the other hand, scored five off of Steve Carlton to take the game and the series from the Twins.

Howard Sinker described Witt as “more in luck than in command” and noted that the Twins hit the ball hard right at defenders on several occasions with runners in scoring position, including three drives caught on the track in right field. The team left a total of 12 on base in the losing effort.

It is the first time the Twins have lost back-to-back games at the Metrodome since mid-May.

Player of the Game
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Mike Witt

AL West Standings through 8/13 (Retrosheet)

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                116   62   54    0  .534     -   579  586
California Angels              115   59   56    0  .513   2.5   553  558
Kansas City Royals             114   57   57    0  .500   4.0   478  464
Oakland Athletics              114   57   57    0  .500   4.0   583  549
Seattle Mariners               114   56   58    0  .491   5.0   538  583
Texas Rangers                  112   54   58    0  .482   6.0   608  601
Chicago White Sox              113   46   67    0  .407  14.5   513  549

Tomorrow vs Seattle: Bert Blyleven 11-9 4.40 vs Mike Morgan 10-11 4.44
Saturday-Monday vs SEA
Tuesday-Thursday @ DET
8/21-8/23 @ BOS
8/24-8/26 vs DET

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