The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 2

1965 Twins 3, 1991 Twins 1

Mudcat Grant and Scott Erickson locked into a pitching duel for the bulk of the game. Both allowed the opposition just one run through the first seven innings. Erickson allowed a Rich Reese RBI single in the bottom of the third, while the 1991 Twins got their only run off of Grant on a Greg Gagne solo home run in the top of the seventh. Grant held the 1991 Twins scoreless in the eighth, but the 1965 team got to Erickson in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Tony Oliva doubled. Hall and Killebrew walked (the former was intentional) to load the bases for Bob Allison. Allison lined an Erickson pitch to right center to score both Oliva and Hall. Grant retired the 1991 Twins in order in the ninth to clinch the 3-1 victory. 1965 Twins lead the series 2-0.

Box and play-by-play below the fold.

 6/24/2007, Min91-Min65, Metropolitan Stadium

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

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
 Bush             ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
Knoblauch         2b  4  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    3  3  0  0
Puckett           cf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .444    3  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .375    9  1  0  0
Mack              rf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    0  1  0  0
Pagliarulo        3b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    0  2  0  0
Gagne             ss  4  1  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    2  3  0  0
Ortiz             c   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    5  1  0  0
 Davis            ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
 Harper           c   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Erickson          p   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  1  0  0
                     34  1  7  1  1  0  1  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0         24 12  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  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .500    1  2  1  0
Rollins           3b  4  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  4  0  0
Oliva             rf  4  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .125    3  1  0  0
Hall              cf  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  .000    1  0  1  0
Killebrew         1b  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .000   14  0  0  0
Allison           lf  3  0  1  2  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .667    0  0  0  0
Battey            c   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    4  0  0  0
Kindall           2b  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    3  5  0  0
 Quilici          2b  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  0  0
Grant             p   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     26  3  5  3  1  0  0  5  4  0  0  1  2  1  0         27 15  2  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Erickson         L 0-1           8.0  5  3  3  5  4 115  64   34  0  1  2  0  0  3.38
                                 8.0  5  3  3  5  4 115  64   34  0  1  2  0  0 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Grant            W 1-0           9.0  7  1  1  0  3 110  76   34  1  0  0  0  0  1.00
                                 9.0  7  1  1  0  3 110  76   34  1  0  0  0  0 

Min: Davis batted for Ortiz in the 7th
     Harper inserted at c in the 7th
     Bush batted for Gladden in the 8th
     Bush moved to lf in the 8th
Min: Quilici inserted at 2b in the 9th

GWRBI: Allison
Temperature: 82, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 5 MPH.
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Gladden grounded out to short (SBX)
 0-0  1 --- 01  Knoblauch grounded out to second (FX)
 0-0  2 --- 10  Puckett reached on an infield single to second (BX)
 0-0  2 1-- 01  Hrbek grounded out to the mound (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 01  Versalles grounded out to second (CX)
 0-0  1 --- 11  Rollins popped out to the catcher (BSX)
 0-0  2 --- 11  Oliva lined out to second (FBX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 12  Mack to first on an error by the shortstop Versalles
                  (FBFX)
 0-0  0 1-- 20  Pagliarulo singled to left center, Mack to third (BBX)
 0-0  0 1-3 11  Gagne popped out to second (BSX)
 0-0  1 1-3 12  Ortiz struck out (FCBS)
 0-0  2 1-3 22  Erickson struck out (BFSBS)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 21  Hall grounded out to second (BFBX)
 0-0  1 --- 00  Killebrew was hit by a pitch (H)
 0-0  1 1-- 22  Allison struck out (BCSBS)
 0-0  2 1-- 22  Battey struck out (BBCFFC)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 12  Gladden struck out (FSBS)
 0-0  1 --- 20  Knoblauch doubled deep to left (BBX)
 0-0  1 -2- 00  Puckett popped out to right (X)
 0-0  2 -2- 00  Hrbek grounded out to short (X)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 32  Kindall walked (BCBCFBFB)
 0-0  0 1-- 11  Grant sacrifice bunted to the mound, Kindall to second
                  (BbSb11Xb)
 0-0  1 -2- 12  Versalles was hit by a pitch (CBCH)
 0-0  1 12- 31  Rollins grounded a single between first and second,
                  Kindall scored, Versalles to third, Rollins out at
                  second (BBSBX)
 0-1  2 --3 10  Oliva flied out to left (BX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 10  Mack popped out to short (BX)
 0-1  1 --- 10  Pagliarulo grounded out to second (BX)
 0-1  2 --- 02  Gagne flied out to right (CFX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 12  Hall struck out (SBFS)
 0-1  1 --- 01  Killebrew grounded out to short (CX)
 0-1  2 --- 30  Allison walked (BBBB)
 0-1  2 1-- 00  Battey grounded a single up the middle, Allison to second
                  (X)
 0-1  2 12- 11  Kindall grounded to third, forcing Battey at second (CBX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 11  Ortiz popped out to third (CBX)
 0-1  1 --- 02  Erickson popped out to second (SFX)
 0-1  2 --- 10  Gladden flied out to right (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 22  Grant struck out (BCFBS)
 0-1  1 --- 10  Versalles flied out to center (BX)
 0-1  2 --- 12  Rollins lined a single to shallow center (CCBX)
 0-1  2 1-- 20  Oliva popped out to short (BBX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 22  Knoblauch lined a single to shallow center, Knoblauch to
                  second on an error by the center fielder Hall
                  (FCFFBBFFX)
 0-1  0 -2- 22  Puckett grounded out to third (FCBFBX)
 0-1  1 -2- 10  Hrbek lined a single to shallow right, Knoblauch out at
                  home, Hrbek to second (BX)
 0-1  2 -2- 10  Mack lined out to second (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 12  Hall popped out to first (CBSX)
 0-1  1 --- 32  Killebrew walked (BBBFCB)
 0-1  1 1-- 11  Killebrew was picked off first by Ortiz (BCB+1)
 0-1  2 --- 31  Allison grounded out to second (BCB+1.BX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 01  Pagliarulo grounded out to third (CX)
 0-1  1 --- 02  Gagne homered deep to right center (CSX)
                Davis pinch hitting for Ortiz
 1-1  1 --- 12  Davis grounded out to second (CBSX)
 1-1  2 --- 12  Erickson grounded out to third (SBSX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
                Harper now playing catcher
 1-1  0 --- 00  Battey grounded out to short (X)
 1-1  1 --- 11  Kindall grounded out to third (CBX)
 1-1  2 --- 00  Grant flied out to center (X)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
                Bush pinch hitting for Gladden
 1-1  0 --- 20  Bush lined a single down the left field line (BBX)
 1-1  0 1-- 32  Knoblauch grounded out to second, Bush to second (CCBBBX)
 1-1  1 -2- 11  Puckett grounded out to third (CBX)
 1-1  2 -2- 11  Hrbek grounded out to second (BFX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
                Bush moved to left field
 1-1  0 --- 02  Versalles lined out to second (CCX)
 1-1  1 --- 20  Rollins grounded out to short (BBX)
 1-1  2 --- 00  Oliva lined a double to left center (X)
 1-1  2 -2- 30  Hall was walked intentionally (IIII)
 1-1  2 12- 32  Killebrew walked, Oliva to third, Hall to second (BCBBF>B)
 1-1  2 123 00  Allison lined a single to right center, Oliva scored,
                  Hall scored, Killebrew to third (X)
 1-3  2 1-3 02  Battey flied out to center (CFX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Quilici now playing second base
 1-3  0 --- 11  Mack grounded out to second (FBX)
 1-3  1 --- 02  Pagliarulo grounded out to second (SSX)
 1-3  2 --- 22  Gagne flied out to center (BCCBX)
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4 Responses to The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 2

  1. Beau says:

    I realize it’s not what the Twins did in 1991, but they’d have a better chance of winning their games with Pedro Munoz starting in left field in against lefties and Randy Bush starting against righties. Gladden should be on the bench.

  2. Scot says:

    What, Gladden’s .247/.306/.356 doesn’t cut it for you in the lead off spot?

  3. Beau says:

    Man, reading that makes me want to cry.

  4. Beau says:

    At least Gladden managed to be a useful offensive force in his real playoff games. I’m guessing an OPS+ right about 100.

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