Game 161: California Angels (75-85) @ Minnesota Twins (89-71)

Saturday October 1, 1988

The Twins won their 90th game for the first time since 1970. They did so largely behind the bat of Kirby Puckett, whose two-run home run in the first inning got the game off on the right foot. Puckett’s season line now stands at .357/.376/.547 with 24 HR and 121 RBI. The last Twin to drive in as many runs was Harmon Killebrew, who knocked in 140 in 1969. Puckett’s home run also extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tying the team record. Tom Brunansky also hit in 15 straight back in 1983.

Charlie Lea pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn the win in what will be his final major league game. Les Straker came on to pitch the final 3 1/3 innings, what would also turn out to be his final major league appearance.

The 10-5 victory for the Twins was somewhat overshadowed by events in Oakland.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Teddy Higuera, starting against the Athletics in Oakland on Saturday, gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings and saw his ERA move up to 2.454. That made Anderson’s ERA of 2.446 the best in the league.

Box

Player of the Game
Kirby Puckett

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Oakland Athletics              161  103   58    0  .640     -   796  620
Minnesota Twins                161   90   71    0  .559  13.0   756  670
Kansas City Royals             160   84   76    0  .525  18.5   703  643
California Angels              161   75   86    0  .466  28.0   712  768
Chicago White Sox              160   70   90    0  .438  32.5   626  756
Texas Rangers                  160   69   91    0  .431  33.5   630  733
Seattle Mariners               160   68   92    0  .425  34.5   662  737

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