Game 119: Seattle Mariners (56-60) @ Minnesota Twins (64-54)

Sunday August 16, 1987

Twins 5, Mariners 1

The Twins scored three in the first inning, and once again used a big early lead at home to cruise to a victory. The big blow was a Gary Gaetti two-RBI double in the first inning. Howard Sinker wrote about the team’s tendency to score runs early:

Quick starts have been a fixture of the current homestand, during which the Twins have improved their Metrodome record to 41-18 by winning eight of 10 games. They scored 11 runs in the first two innings on Saturday and, during a five-game winning streak against the Athletics and Angels, got 19 in the first three innings of those games.

Frank Viola won his 14th game by pitching eight innings and allowing only one run on five hits.

Player of the Game
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Frank Viola

AL West Standings through 8/16 (Retrosheet)

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                119   65   54    0  .546     -   604  594
Oakland Athletics              117   60   57    0  .513   4.0   612  564
California Angels              118   59   59    0  .500   5.5   568  587
Kansas City Royals             117   58   59    0  .496   6.0   495  487
Seattle Mariners               117   56   61    0  .479   8.0   546  608
Texas Rangers                  116   55   61    0  .474   8.5   628  633
Chicago White Sox              116   47   69    0  .405  16.5   520  558

Twins Stats through 8/16

Dan Gladden LF .254/.317/.349 4 HR
Greg Gagne SS .276/.315/.442 4 HR
Kirby Puckett CF .319/.359/.496 17 HR
Kent Hrbek 1B .278/.374/.556 30 HR
Gary Gaetti 3B .260/.310/.506 25 HR
Tom Brunansky RF .269/.361/.504 24 HR
Gene Larkin DH .283/.352/.434 4 HR
Tim Laudner C .197/.259/.436 15 HR
Steve Lombardozzi 2B .236/.292/.347 5 HR

Roy Smalley DH .281/.346/.423 6 HR
Al Newman UT .216/.286/.315 0 HR
Randy Bush RF .238/.330/.378 6 HR
Mark Davidson OF .274/.339/.354 1 HR
Sal Butera C .188/.239/.275 1 HR
Tom Nieto C .247/.310/.377 1 HR (IR)

Bert Blyleven 12-9 4.31 ERA/5.11 FIP/1.36 WHIP
Frank Viola (L) 14-7 2.78/3.99/1.10
Les Straker 5-7 4.63/5.30/1.40
Steve Carlton (L) 1-2 7.08/5.37/1.87
Roy Smith 1-0 4.32/5.37/1.81
Joe Niekro 3-4 5.04/5.10/1.59 suspended

Jeff Reardon 5-6 4.94/4.89/1.35
Juan Berenguer 5-0 3.87/3.80/1.33 IR
Keith Atherton 4-4 4.01/3.78/1.38
George Frazier 5-5 5.29/4.96/1.62
Dan Schatzeder (L) 3-0 5.79/6.13/1.96

Tomorrow vs Seattle: Les Straker 5-7 4.63 vs Mark Langston (L) 13-9 3.99
Tuesday-Thursday @ DET
Friday-Sunday @ BOS
8/24-8/26 vs DET
8/28-8/30 @ MIL

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