Saturday October 25, 1987
Twins 11, Cardinals 5
The Twins used back-to-back big innings to come from behind and force a seventh game in the World Series.
Things started well for the Cardinals, however, when Tommy Herr hit a solo home run off of Les Straker in the first inning. It was only the second long ball of the series for the Cardinals.
The Twins answered in their half of the first. Dan Gladden hit a lead off triple, and later scored when Kirby Puckett singled to left. After Puckett reached second on a ground out, Don Baylor knocked in the second Twins’ run with a single to right.
St. Louis tied the score at two in the second when Jose Oquendo singled home Terry Pendleton. The tie held up until the fourth, when the first three batters Straker faced reached safely to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead. Dan Scahtzeder entered with nobody out, and was able to get out of the inning with no further damage. The Cards did get to Schatzeder in the fifth when Willie McGee knocked Ozzie Smith in with a single.
Down 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Twins needed to score runs. Fortunately, runs have come relatively easy in the Metrodome, and that was the case on this night as well. Like the Cardinals fourth, the first three Twins reached safely off of John Tudor.
Kirby Puckett led the inning off with a single. That was followed by a Gaetti RBI double that cut the St. Louis lead to two. Don Baylor quickly erased that lead with a home run to left, his first in a Twins’ uniform. Baylor last home run came on August 23 when he was with Boston; a grand slam off of Steve Carlton.
The Twins continued the hit parade, however. Tom Brunansky finally ended Tudor’s night when he singled to left, the fourth straight hit for the Twins. Ricky Horton came in to get Hrbek and Laudner for the first two outs, but Steve Lombardozzi knocked a single to center to score Brunansky from second before the inning was over. The Twins took a 6-5 lead.
After Juan Berenguer retired the Cardinals in order in the top of the sixth, the Twins continued the onslaught. From Mark Vancil’s game story:
But it was the sixth inning that turned the game, and perhaps the Cardinals’ season, upside down. Greg Gagne singled to lead off before Bob Forsch came on to walk Puckett. In between outs, Baylor was intentionally walked and Herzog brought in lefthander Ken Dayley to face Hrbek, who had been 1-for-14 against lefties in the Series.
“I knew no matter what that if I got to the plate, I’d be facing a lefty,” Hrbek said.
He faced him for one pitch. Hrbek took a Dayley fastball 439 feet, over the center-field wall, for a 10-5 lead that buried the Cardinals and sent Herzog looking for a Game 7 starter.
The Twins added an unearned run in the eighth to make the final 11-5 and force a seventh game. So far, the Twins have outscored the Cardinals 29-10 in three World Series games at the Dome, the site of Game 7.
Somewhat lost in all of the fire works was Kirby Puckett’s game. He went 4-4 and scored 4 runs, tying a World Series record for runs in a game.
Player of the Game
Tomorrow Game 7: Frank Viola (L) 17-10 2.90 ERA 1.18 WHIP vs Joe Magrane (L) 9-7 3.54 ERA 1.27 WHIP