Game 157: Oakland A’s (100-56) @ Minnesota Twins (87-69)

Tuesday September 27, 1988

With the division out of reach, some of the focus on the Twins has turned to individual records.

Kirby Puckett went 2-for-3 in the opening game of the three-game series with Oakland, putting his current batting average at .355. Though he is still trailing Wade Boggs (.368) in that department for the 1988 batting title, Puckett has a chance to finish with the highest batting average for a right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio hit .381 in 1939. The magic number for that accomplishment would be .358 to better DiMaggio’s own .357 from 1941.

The big story on Tuesday, however, was Allan Anderson. The lefty turned in his best performance of the season, allowing just three hits in a shut out effort against the AL West champs from Oakland.

Anderson’s performance put his season ERA at 2.45, 2nd in the AL behind Ted Higuera who sits at 2.41.

“I’m vaguely aware of my ERA, but I don’t calculate it out there and I don’t rush to the paper to read it in the morning,” said Anderson, who will start the season finale Sunday against California in an effort to overtake Higuera.

-quoted by Mike Augustin, Pioneer Press 9/28/1988

The win clinched second place in the AL West for the Twins, who were able to hold off the Royals. The announced attendance was 48,300, enough to set an American League season attendance record with 2,820,049 coming through the Metrodome turnstiles with five home games left to go.


Player of the Game
Allan Anderson

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Oakland Athletics              157  100   57    0  .637     -   775  607
Minnesota Twins                157   88   69    0  .561  12.0   734  649
Kansas City Royals             157   82   75    0  .522  18.0   692  632
California Angels              158   75   83    0  .475  25.5   699  746
Chicago White Sox              156   68   88    0  .436  31.5   612  743
Texas Rangers                  156   68   88    0  .436  31.5   613  715
Seattle Mariners               157   66   91    0  .420  34.0   647  722

2 Responses to Game 157: Oakland A’s (100-56) @ Minnesota Twins (87-69)

  1. Beau says:

    “I’m vaguely aware of my ERA”


  2. Scot says:

    ERA…what’s ERA? That must be one of those new stats I keep hearing about.

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