The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 1

1965 Twins 4, 1991 Twins 3

Zoilo Versalles’ home run in the bottom of the eighth broke a 3-3 tie and capped a 1965 Twins comeback that started when they were down 3-1 in the middle of the sixth inning. Jim Kaat went the distance to earn the win in Game 1 of the series. Versalles also manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth when he singled off of Kevin Tapani, stole second, was balked to third, and scored on a Rich Rollins ground out. Bob Allison tied the game in the seventh with a solo home run. The 1991 Twins lost despite out-hitting their 1965 counterparts 11-8. Jim Kaat pitched well enough, and forced the 1991 Twins to strand nine runners in the game. The 1965 Twins lead the series 1-0.

Boxscore and play-by-play below the fold.

 6/23/2007, Min91-Min65, Metropolitan Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1991 Twins             1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0     3 11  0     9  1
1965 Twins             0  0  1  0  0  1  1  1  x     4  8  1     3  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
Knoblauch         2b  5  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    4  4  0  0
Puckett           cf  5  1  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .600    2  0  0  0
Mack              rf  3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .333    0  0  0  0
Harper            c   3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .000    3  1  0  0
Hrbek             1b  4  1  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500   10  1  0  0
Leius             3b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    0  1  0  0
Gagne             ss  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    3  4  0  0
Tapani            p   3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    1  2  0  0
 Davis            ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
 Larkin           pr  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     37  3 11  3  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2         24 13  0  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Versalles         ss  3  2  3  2  0  0  1  1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0 1.000    2  6  0  0
Rollins           3b  4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  4  0  0
Oliva             rf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  0  0  0
Hall              cf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    3  0  0  0
Killebrew         1b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000   12  0  0  0
Allison           lf  3  1  3  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    5  0  1  0
Battey            c   2  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  .500    0  0  0  0
Kindall           2b  3  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    2  3  0  0
Kaat              p   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  0  0
                     29  4  8  4  3  0  2  1  2  1  1  0  0  1  0         27 15  1  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Tapani           L 0-1           8.0  8  4  4  1  2 103  70   31  2  0  0  0  1  4.50
                                 8.0  8  4  4  1  2 103  70   31  2  0  0  0  1 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Kaat             W 1-0           9.0 11  3  3  0  0 110  77   39  0  0  0  0  0  3.00
                                 9.0 11  3  3  0  0 110  77   39  0  0  0  0  0 

Min: Davis batted for Tapani in the 9th
     Larkin ran for Davis in the 9th

GWRBI: Versalles
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 9 MPH.
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 12  Gladden grounded out to third (SFFBX)
 0-0  1 --- 01  Knoblauch lined a single to right center (FX)
 0-0  1 1-- 00  Puckett grounded a double down the third base line,
                  Knoblauch to third (X)
 0-0  1 -23 11  Mack hit a sacrifice fly to left, Knoblauch scored,
                  Puckett to third (BCX)
 1-0  2 --3 11  Harper flied out to left (CBX)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 30  Versalles walked (BBBB)
 1-0  0 1-- 11  Rollins flied out to center (BCX)
 1-0  1 1-- 01  Oliva grounded into a double play, Gagne to Hrbek (CX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 00  Hrbek grounded out to short (X)
 1-0  1 --- 00  Leius grounded out to short (X)
 1-0  2 --- 10  Gagne grounded out to third (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 11  Hall grounded out to short (CBX)
 1-0  1 --- 21  Killebrew popped out to second (BBSX)
 1-0  2 --- 32  Allison lined a double to right center (BBCSBX)
 1-0  2 -2- 20  Battey grounded out to second (BBX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 10  Tapani lined a single to shallow right (BX)
 1-0  0 1-- 11  Gladden grounded to short, forcing Tapani at second,
                  Gladden to first (BbCX)
 1-0  1 1-- 10  Knoblauch grounded out to third, Gladden to second (BX)
 1-0  2 -2- 22  Puckett grounded out to third (BFBFX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 01  Kindall grounded a double down the third base line (CX)
 1-0  0 -2- 01  Kaat popped out to short (SbX)
 1-0  1 -2- 12  Versalles lined a single up the middle, Kindall scored
                  (CSBX)
 1-1  1 1-- 00  Versalles was caught stealing second (>S)
 1-1  2 --- 12  Rollins grounded out to second (>S.BCFFX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 1-1  0 --- 22  Mack grounded out to short (SCBBX)
 1-1  1 --- 11  Harper flied out to left (BCX)
 1-1  2 --- 20  Hrbek doubled deep to left (BBX)
 1-1  2 -2- 20  Hrbek to third, Leius to first on an error by the left
                  fielder Allison (BBX)
 1-1  2 1-3 10  Gagne popped out to right (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 1-1  0 --- 12  Oliva grounded out to first (CSBFX)
 1-1  1 --- 22  Hall popped out to the catcher (BCBFX)
 1-1  2 --- 32  Killebrew grounded out to the mound (BBFBCFFX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 1-1  0 --- 32  Tapani lined out to third (SBFFBBX)
 1-1  1 --- 01  Gladden grounded out to short (CX)
 1-1  2 --- 02  Knoblauch grounded out to the mound (FFX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 1-1  0 --- 00  Allison lined a single to left (X)
 1-1  0 1-- 00  Battey sacrifice bunted to the mound, Allison to second
                  (Xb)
 1-1  1 -2- 10  Kindall grounded out to short (BX)
 1-1  2 -2- 00  Kaat grounded out to short (X)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 1-1  0 --- 10  Puckett grounded a single up the middle (BX)
 1-1  0 1-- 01  Mack lined a single down the right field line, Puckett to
                  third (CX)
 1-1  0 1-3 21  Harper hit a sacrifice fly to right, Puckett scored (CBBX)
 2-1  1 1-- 10  Hrbek grounded to second, forcing Mack at second, Hrbek
                  to first (BX)
 2-1  2 1-- 02  Leius lined a single to left center, Hrbek to third (CCX)
 2-1  2 1-3 21  Gagne lined a single to right center, Hrbek scored, Leius
                  to third (FBBX)
 3-1  2 1-3 02  Tapani flied out to center (CFX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 3-1  0 --- 00  Versalles reached on an infield single to first (X)
 3-1  0 1-- 00  Versalles stole second (>C)
 3-1  0 -2- 01  Tapani balked, Versalles to third (>C.F)
 3-1  0 --3 22  Rollins grounded out to second, Versalles scored
                  (>C.F.BBX)
 3-2  1 --- 10  Oliva popped out to short (BX)
 3-2  2 --- 01  Hall flied out to center (CX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 3-2  0 --- 00  Gladden flied out to center (X)
 3-2  1 --- 00  Knoblauch grounded out to second (X)
 3-2  2 --- 12  Puckett grounded a single up the middle (BCFX)
 3-2  2 1-- 11  Mack grounded out to second (CBX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 3-2  0 --- 02  Killebrew lined out to second (SCX)
 3-2  1 --- 10  Allison homered deep to left (BX)
 3-3  1 --- 21  Battey grounded a double down the third base line (BCBX)
 3-3  1 -2- 02  Kindall flied out to left, Battey to third (SSX)
 3-3  2 --3 12  Kaat struck out (CSBS)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 3-3  0 --- 12  Harper lined out to short (BFFFX)
 3-3  1 --- 00  Hrbek grounded a single up the middle (X)
 3-3  1 1-- 12  Leius flied out to left (CBSFX)
 3-3  2 1-- 01  Gagne flied out to center (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 3-3  0 --- 22  Versalles homered deep to right center (BBCFFX)
 3-4  0 --- 00  Rollins grounded out to second (X)
 3-4  1 --- 02  Oliva struck out (CCC)
 3-4  2 --- 22  Hall grounded out to third (BFFBX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Davis pinch hitting for Tapani
 3-4  0 --- 10  Davis grounded a single up the middle (BX)
                Larkin pinch running for Davis
 3-4  0 1-- 00  Gladden grounded to second, forcing Larkin at second,
                  Gladden to first (X)
 3-4  1 1-- 11  Knoblauch flied out to left (1BSX)
 3-4  2 1-- 12  Puckett grounded out to the mound (CCBX)
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