Game 120: Seattle Mariners (56-61) @ Minnesota Twins (65-54)

Monday August 17, 1987

Twins 4, Mariners 2

The Twins used another big first inning, this time three runs, to take the final game of a four game sweep against the Mariners. The win ends a homestand against AL West opponents in which the Twins finished 9-2, and the team’s lead in the division has grown to five games over second place Oakland.

A Gary Gaetti double plated Dan Gladden for the first run. Gaetti finished the four game series 8-for-16 with six doubles and seven RBI.

A Tom Brunansky home run followed to give the Twins a 3-0 lead. The offense would only manage to scratch together one more run, but it was enough for Les Straker and the bullpen. Straker gave up the two runs on a Jim Presley home run in the fourth. Three relievers combined to close the game with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, including Jeff Reardon who earned his 24th save with 1 1/3 perfect innings.

The Twins take to the road against two AL East teams for six games. Jeff Reardon, quoted in the Star Tribune, is looking forward to it.

“I just think we have to play .500, 3-and-3, and that would be an excellent road trip. Detroit and Boston are playing well right now, and everyone knows how bad our road record is. We’re the ones that know it the most. I think everyone here is looking forward to this trip, to try turning it around.”

Player of the Game
Gary Gaetti

AL West Standings through 8/17 (Retrosheet)

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Minnesota Twins                120   66   54    0  .550     -   608  596
Oakland Athletics              118   60   58    0  .508   5.0   616  570
California Angels              119   60   59    0  .504   5.5   574  591
Kansas City Royals             118   59   59    0  .500   6.0   502  493
Seattle Mariners               118   56   62    0  .475   9.0   548  612
Texas Rangers                  117   55   62    0  .470   9.5   634  640
Chicago White Sox              117   48   69    0  .410  16.5   522  559

Tomorrow at Detroit: Steve Carlton (L) 1-2 7.08 vs Jack Morris 13-6 3.47
Wednesday-Thursday @ DET
Friday-Sunday @ BOS
8/24-8/26 vs DET
8/28-8/30 @ MIL

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