Game 151: Minnesota Twins (83-67) @ Oakland A’s (96-55)

Tuesday September 20, 1988

For the Twins, the 1988 race has become about second place. Though they have held that position in the AL West for the better part of the season, the Royals stood just four games behind them the day after the Twins were eliminated from the race for first.

The Twins did themselves no favors in game two of the series in Oakland.

Despite the fact that the game held little meaning for the 1988 AL West Champions, they put a beating on the 1987 AL West Champions and their best pitcher, Frank Viola.

Viola, who is the front runner for the AL Cy Young Award, had his worst outing of the season. He was removed from the game with two outs in the fourth inning, the A’s already ahead 6-0.

The A’s continued the onslaught against the Twins bullpen, including a seventh inning home run by Don Baylor and an eighth inning home run by Tony Phillips. The final tally was 12-3 in favor of Oakland.

Jose Canseco stole a base in the third inning, his 38th of the season. Two more steals and Canseco will become baseball’s first 40-40 man.

Box

Player of the Game
Tony Phillips

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Oakland Athletics              152   97   55    0  .638     -   753  585
Minnesota Twins                151   83   68    0  .550  13.5   704  636
Kansas City Royals             151   79   72    0  .523  17.5   668  608
California Angels              152   75   77    0  .493  22.0   684  708
Texas Rangers                  150   66   84    0  .440  30.0   597  690
Chicago White Sox              150   64   86    0  .427  32.0   590  724
Seattle Mariners               151   63   88    0  .417  33.5   620  701

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