Game 155: Minnesota Twins (85-69) @ California Angels (75-80)

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.

Box

Player of the Game
Fred Toliver

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

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