Saturday September 24, 1988
Jeff Reardon had been fairly reliable all season and was having his best year in a Twins uniform (and probably his best season since 1982). Still, there were occasional hiccups, one of them coming here against the Angels.
After Fred Toliver and Mike Witt exchanged scoreless innings for the first six, the Twins finally got on the board in the seventh. Kirby Puckett, on a tear, doubled home Randy Bush to break the ice, and Puckett himself came home on a Dan Gladden sacrifice fly to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
After Toliver retired the Angels in order in the bottom of the seventh, he ran into problems in the eighth. Brian Downing singled and Dick Schofield worked a walk to send Toliver to the showers early with nobody out. Enter Reardon, who Tom Kelly imagined would shut the door on a struggling Angels team. After a sacrifice bunt by Mark McLemore sent two runners into scoring position, Johnny Ray hit them home with a single right under Reardon’s glove, and hung an eighth blown save on Jeff Reardon.
The Twins took the lead back in the ninth, however, when two consecutive singles to lead off the inning set the stage for the go-ahead run to score on a sacrifice fly by Jim Dwyer. Reardon looked as though he might run into some trouble in the bottom of the ninth, but worked his way around two singles to earn the win.
Player of the Game
Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Oakland Athletics 155 100 55 0 .645 - 773 598 Minnesota Twins 155 86 69 0 .555 14.0 723 647 Kansas City Royals 154 81 73 0 .526 18.5 679 616 California Angels 156 75 81 0 .481 25.5 692 734 Texas Rangers 153 67 86 0 .438 32.0 601 701 Chicago White Sox 153 66 87 0 .431 33.0 600 731 Seattle Mariners 154 64 90 0 .416 35.5 629 709