Saturday August 15, 1987
Twins 14, Mariners 4
The Twins put on an unearned run scoring clinic, putting up eight runs in the bottom of the first inning.
It was one of those occasions where the boxscore numbers just didn’t seem to lineup. Here is the play-by-play from Retrosheet:
TWINS 1ST: Gladden reached on an error by Brantley [Gladden to second]; Lombardozzi grounded out (shortstop to first); Gaetti singled to left [Gladden scored (unearned)]; Brunansky doubled to right [Gaetti to third]; Larkin walked; Hrbek was called out on strikes; Laudner singled to center [Gaetti scored (unearned), Brunansky scored (unearned), Larkin to third]; Gagne tripled to center [Larkin scored (unearned), Laudner scored (unearned), Gagne scored (error by S. Bradley) (unearned) (no RBI)]; BROWN REPLACED GUETTERMAN (PITCHING); Davidson doubled to left; Gladden singled to left [Davidson scored (unearned, but earned for the pitcher)]; Gladden stole second; Lombardozzi doubled to center [Gladden scored (unearned, but earned for the pitcher)]; Gaetti flied out to center; 8 R (2 ER), 7 H, 2 E, 1 LOB. Mariners 1, Twins 8.
When Mike Brown came in with two outs to try and mop up the situation, he came with essentially a clean slate. The bases were clear and the Twins had already scored six runs (all unearned) on the starting pitcher Lee Guetterman. Because of the error earlier in the inning, and the fact that there were two outs, the two runs Brown surrendered counted as earned runs on his personal statistics, but not for the team.
In other words, the total earned runs allowed by Seattle pitchers at the end of the game was eight, but the team allowed only six earned runs.
The runs were welcome in whatever form they came in for the Twins, particularly for starter Roy Smith who earned his first ML victory since August 1, 1985 with the Indians.
Tom Brunansky, Kent Hrbek, and Gary Gaetti all homered once the game was already out of hand. Hrbek’s shot was his 30th of the season.
Player of the Game
Greg Gagne 2-4, 1st inning triple, 2 RBI
AL West Standings through 8/15 (Retrosheet)
Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Minnesota Twins 118 64 54 0 .542 - 599 593 Oakland Athletics 116 59 57 0 .509 4.0 603 558 California Angels 117 59 58 0 .504 4.5 562 578 Kansas City Royals 116 58 58 0 .500 5.0 489 477 Seattle Mariners 116 56 60 0 .483 7.0 545 603 Texas Rangers 115 55 60 0 .478 7.5 626 621 Chicago White Sox 115 47 68 0 .409 15.5 516 552
Tomorrow vs Mariners: Frank Viola (L) 13-7 2.90 vs Mike Moore 5-14 5.05
Monday vs Mariners
Tuesday-Thursday @ DET
Friday-Sunday @ BOS
8/24-8/26 vs DET