ALCS Game 6: Twins @ Red Sox

Twins 11, Red Sox 10 (11 innings)

In a comeback of epic proportions, the Minnesota Twins have taken the American League pennant.  And Kent Hrbek is your ALCS MVP.

Building a two-run lead early wasn’t enough for Les Straker.  Known for tiring early in games, he ran out of gas in the 5th inning.  After getting two outs, the Twins starter allowed five runs before being pulled for Roy Smith, who promptly gave up two more runs on Ellis Burks’s second homer of the series.  The Red Sox weren’t done either, as they added two more off a struggling Berenguer.  Down 9-2 entering the 8th, the Twins began their miracle push towards the World Series.

Bob Stanley, in relief of Boddicker, had the first bad postseason game of his career thanks to an error by Marty Barrett.  With two outs, Greg Gagne belted a three-run shot that put the Twins within three.  But not ones to lay down, Rich Gedman led off the 8th with a homer off Berenguer, extending the lead back to four.

After John Moses singled off Stanley to begin the 9th, McNamara went to his closer, Lee Smith.  But the Twins batters paid him no mind.  After a walk to Bush, a fly out by Puckett, and a single by Gaetti, the Twins were within three runs with just one out.  And then Hrbek came to the plate.  After working the count to 3-2, Hrbek turned on a fastball, depositing it around Pesky’s Pole.  Smith escaped the inning, but the game that was all but over was now headed for extras.

The 10th went by without much fanfare, but the Twins got to Sox southpaw Bolton in the 11th.  Tim Laudner pinch-hit for Bush and somehow beat out an infield hit to second.  Puckett, second only to Boggs in batting average this season, laid down a perfect sacrifice.  And for the second time in the game, Gaetti came through, singling Laudner home.  Reardon would try to get through his second inning but would make things interesting.  Spike Owen walked before being pinch-ran for by Kevin Romine.  But Romine, after watching Boggs pop out to short, was caught dead to rights by Brian Harper trying to swipe second.  Barrett extended the game with a single and apparently Tom Kelly had seen enough.  Instead of trusting his closer with the game, he went to German Gonzalez, who got Darrell Evans to an 0-2 count when Barrett stole second base.  But Barrett remained in scoring position for just one pitch, as Gonzalez got Evans to swing and miss to end the series.

Kent Hrbek, who batted .400 in the series with two homers, including the game-tying blast in tonight’s game, is the easy choice for MVP.

In the 100 series simulated, the Twins won 60 times.  Below is the breakdown:

Twins in 4: 10                Red Sox in 4: 4
Twins in 5: 11                Red Sox in 5: 9
Twins in 6: 21               Red Sox in 6: 15
Twins in 7: 18              Red Sox in 7: 12

Stay tuned, as at some point in the future you may see the results of the hypothetical 1988 World Series between the Twins and the Dodgers.

Boxscore and play-by-play below the fold

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11     R  H  E   LOB DP

1988 Minnesota         0  2  0  0  0  0  0  4  4  0  1    11 14  0     7  3

1988 Boston            0  0  0  0  7  0  2  1  0  0  0    10 14  1     5  1

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI   AVG    Boston               AB  R  H BI   AVG

Moses             lf  6  1  1  0  .214    Boggs             3b  5  2  2  0  .333

Bush              rf  4  1  0  0  .313    Barrett           2b  6  1  3  1  .310

Laudner          ph  1  1  1  0  .429    Evans             rf  5  1  1  2  .360

Christensen      rf  0  0  0  0  .000    Greenwell         lf  4  2  2  1  .522

Puckett           cf  5  1  2  0  .280    Burks             cf  5  1  3  3  .320

Gaetti            3b  6  2  4  2  .292    Rice              dh  4  1  1  1  .273

Hrbek             1b  6  3  2  3  .400    Benzinger         1b  5  0  0  0  .308

Larkin            dh  5  1  1  1  .273    Gedman            c   5  1  1  1  .308

Harper            c   5  0  1  2  .111    Owen              ss  4  1  1  1  .111

Gagne             ss  4  1  1  3  .375     Romine           pr  0  0  0  0  .000

Lombardozzi       2b  1  0  0  0  .250                         43 10 14 10

Dwyer            ph  1  0  1  0 1.000

Herr             2b  1  0  0  0  .412

45 11 14 11

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA

Straker                          4.2  7  5  5  3  0  77  44  9.00

Smith                            0.1  2  2  2  0  0  16  10 11.12

Atherton                         1.0  0  0  0  0  1   8   7  7.71

Berenguer                        3.0  4  3  3  1  4  53  30  6.35

Reardon          W 1-1           1.2  1  0  0  1  2  24  17  4.15

Gonzalez         S 1             0.1  0  0  0  0  1   3   3  0.00

11.0 14 10 10  5  8 181 111

Boston                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA

Boddicker                        6.1  6  2  2  1  3  98  68  2.93

Stanley                          1.2  4  5  1  0  1  30  19  8.31

Smith                            2.0  2  3  3  2  0  41  22  9.00

Bolton           L 0-1           1.0  2  1  1  0  0  11   7  6.75

11.0 14 11  7  3  4 180 116

Min: Dwyer batted for Lombardozzi in the 7th

Herr inserted at 2b in the 7th

Laudner batted for Bush in the 11th

Christensen inserted at rf in the 11th

Bos: Romine ran for Owen in the 11th

E-Barrett. 2B-Harper, Owen. 3B-Evans. HR-Hrbek(2), Gagne(1), Burks(2),

Gedman(1). SB-Barrett(1), Greenwell(2). CS-Romine. K-Moses, Bush,

Lombardozzi, Herr, Evans 3, Greenwell, Benzinger 2, Gedman 2. BB-Bush, Gagne,

Herr, Boggs, Evans, Greenwell, Rice, Owen. SH-Puckett, Larkin.

HBP-Lombardozzi. PB-Harper. HB-Boddicker.

GWRBI: Gaetti

Temperature: 50, Sky: clear, Wind: out to left at 16 MPH.

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Minnesota batting

0-0  0 — 10  Moses grounded out to second (BX)

0-0  1 — 22  Bush flied out to center (BBCCFX)

0-0  2 — 00  Puckett grounded out to first (X)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Boston batting

0-0  0 — 00  Boggs lined a single to right center (X)

0-0  0 1– 22  Barrett grounded into a double play, Gagne to Lombardozzi

to Hrbek (BFBbFX)

0-0  2 — 32  Evans walked (BBFFBB)

0-0  2 1– 32  Greenwell flied out to right (CC1BBB1>X)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Minnesota batting

0-0  0 — 02  Gaetti lined a single to shallow center (CFX)

0-0  0 1– 00  Hrbek singled to shallow center, Gaetti to second (X)

0-0  0 12- 10  Larkin sacrifice bunted to third, Gaetti to third, Hrbek

to second (BXb)

0-0  1 -23 00  Harper doubled deep to left center, Gaetti scored, Hrbek

scored (X)

2-0  1 -2- 11  Gagne grounded out to short (BCX)

2-0  2 -2- 11  Lombardozzi was hit by a pitch (BCH)

2-0  2 12- 22  Moses struck out (FBCBFS)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Boston batting

2-0  0 — 00  Burks bunted for a single (Xb)

2-0  0 1– 12  Rice flied out to center (C>FBFFX)

2-0  1 1– 12  Benzinger grounded into a double play, Lombardozzi to

Gagne to Hrbek (1BCF1X)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Minnesota batting

2-0  0 — 12  Bush struck out (BCFFS)

2-0  1 — 02  Puckett lined a single to left (CCX)

2-0  1 1– 02  Gaetti lined a single to shallow left, Puckett to second

(1CCFX)

2-0  1 12- 01  Hrbek flied out to right, Puckett to third (CX)

2-0  2 1-3 12  Larkin grounded to short, forcing Gaetti at second (BCFX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Boston batting

2-0  0 — 32  Gedman flied out to left (BBFFBX)

2-0  1 — 10  Owen grounded out to second (BX)

2-0  2 — 10  Boggs grounded out to short (BX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Minnesota batting

2-0  0 — 12  Harper lined out to short (CFBX)

2-0  1 — 12  Gagne grounded out to short (CCBFX)

2-0  2 — 22  Lombardozzi struck out (BBCFFC)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Boston batting

2-0  0 — 00  Barrett grounded a single up the middle (X)

2-0  0 1– 22  Evans flied out to left (FFFBBFX)

2-0  1 1– 12  Greenwell lined a single to left, Barrett to second

(B>FCX)

2-0  1 12- 21  Burks grounded into a double play, Lombardozzi to Gagne

to Hrbek (B2BFX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Minnesota batting

2-0  0 — 11  Moses grounded out to third (SBX)

2-0  1 — 31  Bush flied out to left (BBBCX)

2-0  2 — 01  Puckett flied out to left (FX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Boston batting

2-0  0 — 32  Rice walked (CBBCBFFB)

2-0  0 1– 00  Benzinger popped out to left (X)

2-0  1 1– 20  Gedman flied out to center (BBX)

2-0  2 1– 21  Owen lined a double to left center, Rice scored (FBBX)

2-1  2 -2- 30  Boggs walked (BBBB)

2-1  2 12- 00  Barrett grounded a single between third and short, Owen

scored, Boggs to second (X)

2-2  2 12- 00  Evans lined a triple down the right field line, Boggs

scored, Barrett scored (X)

Smith now pitching

2-4  2 –3 22  Greenwell lined a single between first and second, Evans

scored (BFFFBX)

2-5  2 1– 10  Greenwell stole second (B>C)

2-5  2 -2- 31  Burks homered deep to center, Greenwell scored (B>C.BBX)

2-7  2 — 12  Rice flied out to left (FBFFX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Minnesota batting

2-7  0 — 32  Gaetti flied out to left (CFBBBX)

2-7  1 — 11  Hrbek grounded out to third (CBX)

2-7  2 — 02  Larkin grounded out to short (CFX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Boston batting

Atherton now pitching

2-7  0 — 12  Benzinger flied out to center (BFSX)

2-7  1 — 02  Gedman struck out (FSS)

2-7  2 — 00  Owen flied out to left (X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Minnesota batting

2-7  0 — 00  Harper popped out to right (X)

2-7  1 — 32  Gagne walked (CSBBBFB)

Dwyer pinch hitting for Lombardozzi

2-7  1 1– 32  Dwyer grounded a single between first and second, Gagne

to second (BBFSFBX)

Stanley now pitching

2-7  1 12- 10  Moses grounded out to third, Gagne to third, Dwyer to

second (BX)

2-7  2 -23 11  Bush popped out to the catcher (FBX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Boston batting

Herr now playing second base

Berenguer now pitching

2-7  0 — 12  Boggs grounded a single up the middle (CBCX)

2-7  0 1– 32  Barrett popped out to short (SBBCBX)

2-7  1 1– 21  Harper allowed a passed ball, Boggs to second (1CBBB)

2-7  1 -2- 32  Evans struck out (1CBBB.CS)

2-7  2 -2- 30  Greenwell was walked intentionally (IIII)

2-7  2 12- 32  Burks lined a single to left center, Boggs scored,

Greenwell to third (CBBBF>F>X)

2-8  2 1-3 01  Rice lined a single between third and short, Greenwell

scored, Burks to second (CX)

2-9  2 12- 12  Benzinger struck out (CBFC)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Minnesota batting

2-9  0 — 21  Puckett lined a single to shallow left (BBFX)

2-9  0 1– 00  Gaetti grounded out to first, Puckett to second (X)

2-9  1 -2- 10  Puckett to third, Hrbek to first on an error by the

second baseman Barrett (BX)

2-9  1 1-3 32  Larkin lined a single to right, Puckett scored, Hrbek to

second (CSBBBX)

3-9  1 12- 11  Harper grounded out to second, Hrbek to third, Larkin to

second (BCX)

3-9  2 -23 00  Gagne homered deep to left, Hrbek scored, Larkin scored

(X)

6-9  2 — 22  Herr struck out (FCFFBBS)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Boston batting

6-9  0 — 01  Gedman homered deep to right (CX)

6-10 0 — 00  Owen flied out to right (X)

6-10 1 — 10  Boggs flied out to right (BX)

6-10 2 — 10  Barrett popped out on a bunt to first (BXb)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Minnesota batting

6-10 0 — 00  Moses lined a single to left center (X)

Smith now pitching

6-10 0 1– 32  Bush walked, Moses to second (BSBCBB)

6-10 0 12- 22  Puckett flied out to right, Moses to third (BCSBFX)

6-10 1 1-3 31  Gaetti grounded a single between third and short, Moses

scored, Bush to second (BCBBX)

7-10 1 12- 32  Hrbek homered deep down the right field line, Bush

scored, Gaetti scored (BSCBBX)

10-10 1 — 11  Larkin flied out to right (BCX)

10-10 2 — 00  Harper popped out to second (X)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Boston batting

10-10 0 — 22  Evans struck out (CSBBS)

10-10 1 — 32  Greenwell struck out (BSBFBC)

10-10 2 — 10  Burks bunted into an out to the catcher (BXb)

**************  Top of the 10th inning, Minnesota batting

10-10 0 — 12  Gagne grounded out to short (CCBX)

10-10 1 — 32  Herr walked (BBBCCB)

10-10 1 1– 12  Moses lined into a double play, Barrett to Benzinger,

Herr out at first (B1SCX)

**************  Bottom of the 10th inning, Boston batting

Reardon now pitching

10-10 0 — 01  Rice lined out to right (CX)

10-10 1 — 12  Benzinger struck out (BCSS)

10-10 2 — 02  Gedman struck out (FFS)

**************  Top of the 11th inning, Minnesota batting

Bolton now pitching

Laudner pinch hitting for Bush

10-10 0 — 20  Laudner reached on an infield single to second (BBX)

10-10 0 1– 00  Puckett sacrifice bunted to the mound, Laudner to second

(Xb)

10-10 1 -2- 01  Gaetti lined a single to right center, Laudner scored (CX)

11-10 1 1– 00  Hrbek lined out to center (X)

11-10 2 1– 21  Larkin grounded out to the mound (BCBX)

**************  Bottom of the 11th inning, Boston batting

Christensen now playing right field

11-10 0 — 32  Owen walked (BBCBCB)

Romine pinch running for Owen

11-10 0 1– 11  Boggs popped out to short (FbB>X)

11-10 1 1– 01  Romine was caught stealing second (C>C)

11-10 2 — 12  Barrett lined a single to left (C>C.FBFX)

Gonzalez now pitching

11-10 2 1– 00  Barrett stole second (>C)

11-10 2 -2- 02  Evans struck out (>C.C+2S)

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