The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 3

1991 Twins 7, 1965 Twins 5

The 1991 Twins came into Game 3 needing to get a win at home to stay in the series, and things didn’t look good early. The 1965 Twins took an early lead by scoring two runs in each of the first two innings off of Jack Morris. Jimmie Hall’s two RBI triple in the first started the scoring, while Rollins and Oliva each had an RBI in the second. The 1991 team scored in the bottom of the second when Chili Davis’ lead off double turned into a run with no further hits. Morris and Camillo Pascual settled down after that, and the score remained 4-1 until the seventh inning. In the top of the frame, Carl Willis walked Bob Allison with the bases loaded, extending the 1965 lead to 5-1. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, and both Shane Mack and Mike Pagliarulo on base, Randy Bush hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run to bring the 1991 team within one. The 1991 Twins tied the game in the eighth when Chuck Knoblauch drew a lead off walk and ultimately scored on a Kent Hrbek single. After Willis stranded two runners in scoring position in the top of the ninth, the most unlikely hero won the game for the 1991 Twins. Paul Sorrento sent the only pitch he saw from Johnny Klippenstein out for a two-run, game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to keep his team in the series. 1965 Twins lead the series 2-1.

Box and play-by-play below the fold.

 6/26/2007, Min65-Min91, Metrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1965 Twins             2  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0     5  6  1    11  1
1991 Twins             0  1  0  0  0  0  3  1  2     7 10  0     4  1

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Versalles         ss  4  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  .300    2  2  0  0
Rollins           3b  4  2  2  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    1  4  0  0
Oliva             rf  3  2  1  1  0  0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .182    0  0  0  0
Hall              cf  5  0  2  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    5  0  0  0
Killebrew         dh  3  0  1  0  1  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    0  0  0  0
Mincher           1b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .000    7  0  0  0
Allison           lf  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .444    3  0  0  0
Battey            c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .222    4  0  0  0
Kindall           2b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .111    3  3  1  0
Pascual           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Klippstein       p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     32  5  6  5  2  1  0 11  8  2  0  1  0  0  0         25  9  1  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  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Larkin           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Knoblauch         2b  3  1  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .417    1  5  0  0
Puckett           cf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  .333    5  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    9  0  0  0
Davis             dh  4  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  0  0  0
Harper            c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  .000    9  0  0  0
Mack              rf  4  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .182    3  0  0  0
Pagliarulo        3b  4  2  3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  2  0  0
Gagne             ss  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    0  1  0  0
 Bush             ph  1  1  1  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
 Newman           ss  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Sorrento         ph  1  1  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
Morris            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Willis           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     33  7 10  7  1  0  2  1  4  0  0  0  0  2  0         27  8  0  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Pascual                          6.2  7  4  4  0  1  86  58   27  1  0  0  0  1  5.40
Klippstein       BS 1, L 0-1     1.2  3  3  3  1  3  27  18    9  1  0  0  0  0 16.20
                                 8.1 10  7  7  1  4 113  76   36  2  0  0  0  1 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Morris                           6.2  5  5  5  8  5 130  73   32  0  1  0  1  1  6.75
Willis           W 1-0           2.1  1  0  0  3  3  43  21   11  0  0  0  1  0  0.00
                                 9.0  6  5  5 11  8 173  94   43  0  1  0  2  1 

Min: Bush batted for Gagne in the 7th
     Larkin batted for Gladden in the 7th
     Newman inserted at ss in the 8th
     Larkin moved to lf in the 8th
     Sorrento batted for Newman in the 9th

GWRBI: Sorrento
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 01  Versalles flied out to center (SX)
 0-0  1 --- 02  Rollins reached on an infield single to third (CCX)
 0-0  1 1-- 30  Oliva walked, Rollins to second (BBBB)
 0-0  1 12- 00  Hall lined a triple to right center, Rollins scored,
                  Oliva scored (X)
 2-0  1 --3 10  Killebrew flied out to center (BX)
 2-0  2 --3 30  Mincher was walked intentionally (IIII)
 2-0  2 1-3 30  Allison walked, Mincher to second (BBBB)
 2-0  2 123 00  Battey flied out to center (X)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 20  Gladden popped out to third (BBX)
 2-0  1 --- 10  Knoblauch lined a single to left center (BX)
 2-0  1 1-- 01  Puckett grounded to second, forcing Knoblauch at second,
                  Puckett to first (>F1X)
 2-0  2 1-- 22  Hrbek flied out to left (SSBBFX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 12  Kindall struck out (CSBS)
 2-0  1 --- 32  Versalles walked (BBBCCFB)
 2-0  1 1-- 00  Versalles stole second (>C)
 2-0  1 -2- 02  Rollins lined a double to right center, Versalles scored
                  (>C.CX)
 3-0  1 -2- 22  Oliva lined a single to right, Rollins scored (CBFBX)
 4-0  1 1-- 00  Hall flied out to center (X)
 4-0  2 1-- 00  Morris threw a wild pitch, Oliva to second (B)
 4-0  2 -2- 12  Killebrew struck out (B.CSS)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 22  Davis lined a double to right center (BCSBX)
 4-0  0 -2- 00  Harper sacrifice bunted to third, Davis to third (Xb)
 4-0  1 --3 12  Mack grounded out to short, Davis scored (CBFX)
 4-1  2 --- 02  Pagliarulo struck out (CFS)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 10  Mincher grounded out to short (BX)
 4-1  1 --- 02  Allison flied out to center (CSX)
 4-1  2 --- 22  Battey struck out (BSFFBC)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 00  Gagne popped out to first (X)
 4-1  1 --- 21  Gladden flied out to left (CBBX)
 4-1  2 --- 32  Knoblauch grounded a single up the middle (BBBCCX)
 4-1  2 1-- 22  Puckett flied out to center (BCFFBX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 12  Kindall struck out (CBCFC)
 4-1  1 --- 01  Versalles grounded out to second (FX)
 4-1  2 --- 32  Rollins walked (BCBBSB)
 4-1  2 1-- 32  Oliva grounded out to second (CCFBBB>X)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 21  Hrbek flied out to center (BFBX)
 4-1  1 --- 11  Davis to first on an error by the second baseman Kindall
                  (FBX)
 4-1  1 1-- 12  Harper flied out to center (BFFFX)
 4-1  2 1-- 00  Mack popped out to center (X)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 10  Hall popped out to first (BX)
 4-1  1 --- 22  Killebrew lined a double to right center (CBCFBX)
 4-1  1 -2- 12  Mincher grounded out to second, Killebrew to third (BCFX)
 4-1  2 --3 12  Allison struck out (CBSS)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 00  Pagliarulo grounded a single up the middle (X)
 4-1  0 1-- 11  Gagne lined out to short (CBX)
 4-1  1 1-- 32  Gladden grounded into a double play, Rollins to Kindall
                  to Mincher (CFBBFBFX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 31  Battey walked (BBSBB)
 4-1  0 1-- 11  Kindall grounded into a double play, Knoblauch to Hrbek
                  (CBX)
 4-1  2 --- 32  Versalles flied out to right (BCFBFBX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 10  Knoblauch flied out to left (BX)
 4-1  1 --- 00  Puckett grounded out to third (X)
 4-1  2 --- 11  Hrbek lined out to second (BFX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 4-1  0 --- 22  Rollins grounded out to third (CBSBFX)
 4-1  1 --- 32  Oliva walked (BFFBBB)
 4-1  1 1-- 00  Oliva stole second (>B)
 4-1  1 -2- 22  Hall grounded out to second, Oliva to third (>B.FBSX)
 4-1  2 --3 32  Killebrew walked (BBCBFB)
                Willis now pitching
 4-1  2 1-3 31  Mincher walked, Killebrew to second (BBBCB)
 4-1  2 123 30  Allison walked, Oliva scored, Killebrew to third, Mincher
                  to second (BBBB)
 5-1  2 123 22  Battey struck out (FSBBC)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 5-1  0 --- 01  Davis grounded out to second (CX)
 5-1  1 --- 11  Harper popped out to center (CBX)
 5-1  2 --- 22  Mack lined a single to right (CBFBX)
 5-1  2 1-- 00  Pagliarulo grounded a single between third and short,
                  Mack to second (X)
                Bush pinch hitting for Gagne
 5-1  2 12- 00  Bush homered deep to right, Mack scored, Pagliarulo
                  scored (X)
                Larkin pinch hitting for Gladden
                Klippstein now pitching
 5-4  2 --- 02  Larkin struck out (SCS)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
                Newman now playing shortstop
                Larkin moved to left field
 5-4  0 --- 12  Kindall struck out (FBSS)
 5-4  1 --- 22  Versalles struck out (BCFFBS)
 5-4  2 --- 22  Rollins flied out to right (BBFSX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 5-4  0 --- 30  Knoblauch walked (BBBB)
 5-4  0 1-- 10  Puckett sacrifice bunted to third, Knoblauch to second
                  (BXb)
 5-4  1 -2- 01  Hrbek grounded a single up the middle, Knoblauch scored
                  (FX)
 5-5  1 1-- 12  Davis struck out (BCCFC)
 5-5  2 1-- 02  Harper struck out (CSS)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
 5-5  0 --- 00  Oliva grounded out to third (X)
 5-5  1 --- 00  Hall grounded a single up the middle (X)
 5-5  1 1-- 30  Killebrew walked, Hall to second (BBBB)
 5-5  1 12- 11  Mincher popped out to the catcher (CBX)
 5-5  2 12- 11  Willis threw a wild pitch, Hall to third, Killebrew to
                  second (BSB)
 5-5  2 -23 22  Allison lined out to right (BSB.SX)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Twins batting
 5-5  0 --- 32  Mack grounded out to short (FCBBBX)
 5-5  1 --- 00  Pagliarulo lined a single to shallow center (X)
                Sorrento pinch hitting for Newman
 5-5  1 1-- 00  Sorrento homered, Pagliarulo scored (>X)
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