Sunday October 18, 1987
Twins 8, Cardinals 4
For the second straight night in the Metrodome, a game essentially started and finished in one inning. Once again, this game boiled down to the fourth inning.
A Gary Gaetti solo home run off of Danny Cox in the bottom of the second inning represented the only score heading into the Twins’ half of the fourth inning. The frame began innocently enough when Greg Gagne hit a soft grounder along the first base line for the first out of the inning. Gagne would have a chance to redeem himself later in the inning. Kirby Puckett followed with a single, and moved to second on a Kent Hrbek single. A Cox wild pitch moved both runners up, but the Gaetti drew a walk next to fill the bases. Randy Bush finally got the scoring underway with a double to the right-field corner. Two runs scored and the Twins still had two in scoring position.
After an intentional walk to Tom Brunansky, Cox got the second out off the bat of Steve Lombardozzi. Tim Laudner, a .193 hitter during the regular season, knocked in two more runs with a single. A Dan Gladden single scored the sixth run of the game, bringing Gagne to the plate for the second time in the inning. This time, Gagne came through with a double, to score the seventh and final run of the Twins’ fourth inning.
The final out was made but the damage had already been done in the inning. The Cardinals were able to claw their way to four runs, but it wasn’t enough. The finals score was 8-4 in favor of the Twins.
Bert Blyleven pitched seven innings to earn the win, striking out eight Cardinals along the way.
Player of the Game
Tim Laudner 2 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI
Game 3 Tuesday: Les Straker MIN 8-10 4.37 ERA 1.35 WHIP vs John Tudor (L) 10-2 3.84 ERA 1.38 WHIP
Wednesday: Game 4 @ STL
Thursday: Game 5 @ STL
Saturday: Game 6 @ MIN
10/25: Game 7 @ MIN