The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 6

1965 Twins 3, 1991 Twins 2

For the second time in the series, a game was won with the final at bat. This time it was the 1965 Twins taking the win on a Ted Uhlaender single the scored Harmon Killebrew in the bottom of the ninth. The hit came off of Terry Leach, who relieved Scott Erickson to start the ninth in a tie game. The 1965 Twins took an early lead when two singles led to a run in the bottom of the first. The only other run off of Erickson came on a Jimmie Hall solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. Camilo Pascual did not allow the 1991 Twins to score until the fifth, when Shane Mack singled, stole second, and eventually scored on a ground out. The 1965 Twins took the 2-1 lead into the ninth, when the ’91 team got to Pascual again to tie the game. Kirby Puckett’s RBI single tied the game, forcing the 1965 team to score in the bottom of the frame to extend the series. Series tied 3-3.

Boxscore and play-by-play below the fold

6/30/2007, Min91-Min65, Metropolitan Stadium

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

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  .045    1  0  0  0
 Davis            ph  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .286    0  0  0  0
 Larkin           pr  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Knoblauch         2b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .440    3  8  0  0
Puckett           cf  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .360    3  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .261   17  0  0  0
Mack              rf  3  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .300    0  0  0  0
Pagliarulo        3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .357    0  4  0  0
Gagne             ss  3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    0  6  0  0
Ortiz             c   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  1  0  0
Erickson          p   2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .200    0  0  0  0
 Bush             ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
 Leach            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     29  2  6  2  0  0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0         25 19  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  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    1  5  0  0
Rollins           3b  4  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .292    3  2  0  0
Oliva             rf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .174    1  0  0  0
Hall              cf  4  1  2  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .375    5  1  0  0
Killebrew         1b  4  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .176    9  1  0  0
Allison           lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .211    3  0  0  0
Battey            c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .167    0  0  0  0
Kindall           2b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .118    3  2  0  0
 Quilici          2b  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Valdespino       ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .667    0  0  0  0
Pascual           p   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  1  0  0
 Uhlaender        ph  1  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
                     33  3  9  3  1  0  1  3  1  0  0  1  0  0  0         27 12  0  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Erickson                         8.0  6  2  2  2  1  92  63   31  1  0  0  0  1  2.81
Leach            L 0-1           0.1  3  1  1  1  0  13   7    5  0  1  0  0  0 27.00
                                 8.1  9  3  3  3  1 105  70   36  1  1  0  0  1 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Pascual          W 1-0           9.0  6  2  2  2  0  91  56   31  0  0  0  0  2  3.45
                                 9.0  6  2  2  2  0  91  56   31  0  0  0  0  2 

Min: Bush batted for Erickson in the 9th
     Davis batted for Gladden in the 9th
     Larkin ran for Davis in the 9th
     Larkin moved to lf in the 9th
Min: Quilici inserted at 2b in the 8th
     Valdespino batted for Quilici in the 9th
     Uhlaender batted for Pascual in the 9th

GWRBI: Uhlaender
Temperature: 77, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 15 MPH.
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 10  Gladden grounded out to short (BX)
 0-0  1 --- 12  Knoblauch flied out to left (FBFX)
 0-0  2 --- 11  Puckett flied out to left (BFX)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Versalles lined a single to shallow left (SBX)
 0-0  0 1-- 00  Rollins bunted for a single, Versalles to second (Xb)
 0-0  0 12- 02  Oliva flied out to center, Versalles to third (FbFX)
 0-0  1 1-3 10  Hall grounded to short, forcing Rollins at second,
                  Versalles scored, Rollins out at second, Hall to first
                  (BX)
 0-1  2 1-- 10  Killebrew flied out to center (11BX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 01  Hrbek lined out to third (FX)
 0-1  1 --- 01  Mack grounded a single up the middle (FX)
 0-1  1 1-- 01  Pagliarulo flied out to center (1F>X)
 0-1  2 1-- 22  Gagne popped out to second (CCBBX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 22  Allison grounded out to short (BCBCX)
 0-1  1 --- 00  Battey grounded out to second (X)
 0-1  2 --- 22  Kindall grounded out to third (CCBBX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 32  Ortiz walked (BBBCCB)
 0-1  0 1-- 00  Erickson bunted into a double play, Pascual to Killebrew
                  to Pascual, Ortiz out at first (1Xb)
 0-1  2 --- 10  Gladden flied out to center (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 01  Pascual grounded out to third (CX)
 0-1  1 --- 32  Versalles walked (CFBBBB)
 0-1  1 1-- 01  Rollins grounded out to second, Versalles to second (1CX)
 0-1  2 -2- 02  Oliva grounded out to second (CFX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 31  Knoblauch lined out to third (BSBBX)
 0-1  1 --- 02  Puckett flied out to center (CCX)
 0-1  2 --- 12  Hrbek grounded out to third (SFBX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 00  Hall homered deep to right center (X)
 0-2  0 --- 10  Killebrew lined a single down the right field line (BX)
 0-2  0 1-- 11  Allison grounded into a double play, Gagne to Knoblauch
                  to Hrbek (SBX)
 0-2  2 --- 00  Battey grounded out to short (X)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 0-2  0 --- 02  Mack lined a single to shallow center (CFX)
 0-2  0 1-- 00  Mack stole second (>B)
 0-2  0 -2- 10  Pagliarulo grounded out to third, Mack to third (>B.X)
 0-2  1 --3 00  Gagne grounded out to short, Mack scored (X)
 1-2  2 --- 21  Ortiz grounded out to second (CBBX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 1-2  0 --- 02  Kindall struck out (CSS)
 1-2  1 --- 11  Pascual flied out to left (BCX)
 1-2  2 --- 22  Versalles grounded out to second (FCBBFX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 1-2  0 --- 22  Erickson grounded a single between first and second
                  (BCBFFX)
 1-2  0 1-- 00  Gladden grounded into a double play, Versalles to Kindall
                  to Killebrew (X)
 1-2  2 --- 10  Knoblauch grounded out to short (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 1-2  0 --- 22  Rollins grounded out to second (BCSFBFX)
 1-2  1 --- 00  Oliva grounded out to third (X)
 1-2  2 --- 12  Hall lined a single to right (BSFX)
 1-2  2 1-- 10  Killebrew grounded out to second (BX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 1-2  0 --- 01  Puckett flied out to left (CX)
 1-2  1 --- 21  Hrbek lined out to second (SBBX)
 1-2  2 --- 21  Mack flied out to right (FBBX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 1-2  0 --- 12  Allison grounded out to third (BCFX)
 1-2  1 --- 00  Battey flied out to center (X)
 1-2  2 --- 02  Kindall grounded out to short (SFX)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
                Quilici now playing second base
 1-2  0 --- 01  Pagliarulo grounded out to first (CX)
 1-2  1 --- 10  Gagne reached on an infield single to second (BX)
 1-2  1 1-- 10  Ortiz grounded into a double play, Versalles to Killebrew
                  (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 1-2  0 --- 01  Pascual popped out to first (CX)
 1-2  1 --- 00  Versalles bunted into an out to the catcher (Xb)
 1-2  2 --- 22  Rollins grounded a double down the third base line (CSBBX)
 1-2  2 -2- 31  Oliva walked (BBBCB)
 1-2  2 12- 20  Hall grounded to short, forcing Oliva at second (BBX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Bush pinch hitting for Erickson
 1-2  0 --- 10  Bush flied out to center (BX)
                Davis pinch hitting for Gladden
 1-2  1 --- 32  Davis walked (CBCBBB)
                Larkin pinch running for Davis
 1-2  1 1-- 10  Knoblauch grounded a single between first and second,
                  Larkin to third (BX)
 1-2  1 1-3 10  Puckett lined a single between third and short, Larkin
                  scored, Knoblauch to second (BX)
 2-2  1 12- 20  Hrbek flied out into a double play, Hall to Rollins,
                  Knoblauch out at third (B+1BX)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Leach now pitching
                Larkin moved to left field
 2-2  0 --- 11  Killebrew grounded a single to right (CBX)
 2-2  0 1-- 01  Allison grounded out to second, Killebrew to second (FbX)
 2-2  1 -2- 30  Battey was walked intentionally (IIII)
                Valdespino pinch hitting for Quilici
 2-2  1 12- 01  Valdespino lined a single up the middle, Killebrew to
                  third, Battey to second (FX)
                Uhlaender pinch hitting for Pascual
 2-2  1 123 10  Uhlaender lined a single between first and second,
                  Killebrew scored, Battey to third, Valdespino to second
                  (BX)
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3 Responses to The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 6

  1. Beau says:

    How the heck did Erickson bunt into a double play, Pascual to Killebrew to Pascual, with Ortiz out at first?

    I can’t even picture that.

  2. Scot says:

    This is a guess, but Erickson’s bunt was in the air and Pascual made a play on it (perhaps diving), somehow the ball bounced to Killebrew who was in position to tag Erickson. Ortiz got hung up with the ball in the air and tried to get back to first, when Killebrew threw it to Pascual who had alertly run to first after he initially dropped the ball.

  3. Beau says:

    Yeah, that’s the only scenario I could think of as well. And while crazy scoring plays like that happen every year, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in all the time I’ve played DMB.

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