2006 Playoffs Redux: ALCS Game 4

Saturday October 14, 2006

Hunter’s heroics put Twins on the Verge, One Game Away from the World Series

The Twins, thanks to Torii Hunter’s three-run home run and Boof Bonser’s 7 2/3 innings of work, are one win away from the World Series. To make things worse for the Tigers, the next two pitchers they will face are Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano.

Before the Tigers were able to score the Twins were ahead 5-0. Michael Cuddyer’s first inning RBI single started things off, but it was the four-run third inning that would stand as the game-winner when the night was over. After Justin Morneau lined an RBI single to shallow center, Hunter stepped to the plate to face Jeremy Bonderman with two men on and two men out. Hunter launched a 1-and-2 pitch to deep left field for a three-run home run.

As it turned out, Hunter’s blast was the final scoring play for the Twins, but they managed to hold on for the victory. The Tigers got one of the runs back in the bottom of the third whan Placido Polanco doubled home Curtis Granderson with two outs. They added another run when Carlos Guillen grounded a single between Punto and Barlett in the sixth inning to plate Magglio Ordonez.

Bonser was finally chased from the game in the eighth inning. After retiring the first two batters, he allowed a single to Craig Monroe on what turned out to be his final pitch. Monroe came around to score on Ordonez’s single off of Joe Nathan, making Bonser’s final line on the day three earned runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched. He also struck out five Tigers and didn’t record any walks.

Joe Nathan, aside from allowing the run charged to Bonser, also gave up a solo shot to Pudge Rodriguez to lead off the ninth inning, the first run charged to Nathan in this playoff season. He went on to retire the next three batters, the final two with strikeouts, to make the final score 5-4 Twins.

Box and Play-by-play below the fold.

10/14/2006, Min06-Det06, Comerica Park

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2006 Minnesota         1  0  4  0  0  0  0  0  0     5  7  1     6  0
2006 Detroit           0  0  1  0  0  1  0  1  1     4  9  2     5  0

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Castillo          2b  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .278    3  2  0  0
Punto             3b  3  2  1  0  0  0  0  2  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  .313    1  4  1  0
Mauer             c   4  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .313    7  1  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  3  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .231    3  0  0  0
Morneau           1b  3  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  .313    7  0  0  0
Hunter            cf  4  1  1  3  0  0  1  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .176    3  0  0  0
White             lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .083    3  1  0  0
Kubel             dh  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .300    0  0  0  0
Bartlett          ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .071    0  2  0  0
Bonser            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Rincon           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Nathan           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     34  5  7  5  0  0  1  4  8  1  1  1  0  0  0         27 11  1  0

Detroit              AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Granderson        cf  4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .071    2  0  0  0
Monroe            lf  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .188    2  0  1  0
Polanco           2b  4  0  2  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .353    2  5  0  0
Ordonez           rf  4  1  2  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    3  0  0  0
Guillen           1b  4  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .176    9  0  0  0
Rodriguez         c   3  1  1  1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  .333    8  1  0  0
Gomez             dh  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Inge              3b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .308    0  1  0  0
Santiago          ss  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    1  2  1  0
 Casey            ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    0  0  0  0
Bonderman         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Ledezma          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Grilli           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Miner            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     35  4  9  4  2  0  1  0  8  0  0  0  0  1  0         27 10  2  0

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Bonser           W 1-0           7.2  6  3  3  0  5 101  69   29  0  0  0  0  0  3.52
Rincon                           0.0  1  0  0  0  0   5   3    1  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Nathan           S 2             1.1  2  1  1  0  3  27  17    6  1  0  0  0  0  3.38
                                 9.0  9  4  4  0  8 133  89   36  1  0  0  0  0 

Detroit                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Bonderman        L 0-1           2.2  5  5  5  2  2  51  34   16  1  1  0  0  0 16.88
Ledezma                          3.1  2  0  0  0  3  41  31   12  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Grilli                           1.0  0  0  0  2  1  23   9    4  0  0  0  0  0  3.00
Miner                            2.0  0  0  0  0  2  30  18    6  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0  7  5  5  4  8 145  92   38  1  1  0  0  0 

Det: Casey batted for Santiago in the 9th

GWRBI: Cuddyer
Temperature: 49, Sky: partly cloudy, Wind: left to right at 12 MPH.
10/14/2006, Min06-Det06, Comerica Park
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Minnesota batting
 0-0  0 --- 22  Castillo grounded out to second (CBCBFX)
 0-0  1 --- 32  Punto walked (BBCSBB)
 0-0  1 1-- 00  Punto stole second (>C)
 0-0  1 -2- 21  Mauer lined out to second (>C.BBX)
 0-0  2 -2- 02  Cuddyer lined a single to shallow left, Punto scored, 
                  Cuddyer to second on an error by the left fielder 
                  Monroe (SCFX)
 1-0  2 -2- 30  Morneau was walked intentionally (IIII)
 1-0  2 12- 32  Hunter struck out (BBBCC>S)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Detroit batting
 1-0  0 --- 12  Granderson struck out, Mauer to Morneau (CBCS)
 1-0  1 --- 11  Monroe popped out to third (CBX)
 1-0  2 --- 22  Polanco to first on an error by the third baseman Punto 
                  (BFFBX)
 1-0  2 1-- 22  Ordonez flied out to center (BBFFX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Minnesota batting
 1-0  0 --- 00  White flied out to left (X)
 1-0  1 --- 00  Kubel grounded out to second (X)
 1-0  2 --- 12  Bartlett struck out (CFBC)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Detroit batting
 1-0  0 --- 12  Guillen lined a single to left center (CSFBX)
 1-0  0 1-- 00  Rodriguez sacrifice bunted to the mound, Guillen to 
                  second (Xb)
 1-0  1 -2- 00  Gomez grounded out to second, Guillen to third (X)
 1-0  2 --3 32  Inge struck out (CBBFBC)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Minnesota batting
 1-0  0 --- 01  Castillo grounded out to short (CX)
 1-0  1 --- 00  Punto lined a single to shallow center (X)
 1-0  1 1-- 00  Mauer reached on an infield single to second, Punto to 
                  second (>X)
 1-0  1 12- 01  Cuddyer grounded to short, forcing Mauer at second, Punto 
                  to third, Cuddyer to first (CX)
 1-0  2 1-3 01  Morneau lined a single to shallow center, Punto scored, 
                  Cuddyer to second (CX)
 2-0  2 12- 12  Hunter homered deep to left, Cuddyer scored, Morneau 
                  scored (BSCX)
 5-0  2 --- 02  White to first on an error by the shortstop Santiago (SCX)
                Ledezma now pitching
 5-0  2 1-- 02  Kubel lined a single to right center, White to third (CCX)
 5-0  2 1-3 00  Bartlett lined out to center (X)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Detroit batting
 5-0  0 --- 00  Santiago grounded a single up the middle (X)
 5-0  0 1-- 21  Granderson grounded to third, forcing Santiago at second, 
                  Granderson to first (BBFX)
 5-0  1 1-- 22  Monroe struck out (BSCBS)
 5-0  2 1-- 00  Polanco lined a double to left center, Granderson scored 
                  (X)
 5-1  2 -2- 20  Ordonez grounded out to short (BBX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Minnesota batting
 5-1  0 --- 12  Castillo struck out (FBFS)
 5-1  1 --- 12  Punto flied out to right (CFFBFFX)
 5-1  2 --- 00  Mauer lined a single to right center (X)
 5-1  2 1-- 21  Cuddyer flied out to center (1BCBX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Detroit batting
 5-1  0 --- 32  Guillen struck out (BBFSBS)
 5-1  1 --- 12  Rodriguez struck out (FSFBC)
 5-1  2 --- 01  Gomez lined out to left (SX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Minnesota batting
 5-1  0 --- 12  Morneau struck out (BCSS)
 5-1  1 --- 11  Hunter popped out to left (CBX)
 5-1  2 --- 01  White grounded out to second (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Detroit batting
 5-1  0 --- 11  Inge lined out to left (BCX)
 5-1  1 --- 12  Santiago grounded out to short (SBCX)
 5-1  2 --- 12  Granderson flied out to right (SCBX)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Minnesota batting
 5-1  0 --- 32  Kubel struck out (BFBSBS)
 5-1  1 --- 02  Bartlett grounded out to first (CCX)
 5-1  2 --- 11  Castillo grounded out to second (CBX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Detroit batting
 5-1  0 --- 01  Monroe grounded out to third (SX)
 5-1  1 --- 22  Polanco flied out to center (BFFFBX)
 5-1  2 --- 12  Ordonez lined a double down the third base line (BCCX)
 5-1  2 -2- 10  Guillen grounded a single between third and short, 
                  Ordonez scored, Guillen out at second (BX)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Minnesota batting
                Grilli now pitching
 5-2  0 --- 32  Punto walked (FCBBBB)
 5-2  0 1-- 00  Punto was caught stealing second (>S)
 5-2  1 --- 31  Mauer grounded out to second (>S.BBBX)
 5-2  2 --- 32  Cuddyer walked (BBBCSB)
 5-2  2 1-- 32  Morneau struck out (CBSBB>C)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Detroit batting
 5-2  0 --- 00  Rodriguez flied out to right (X)
 5-2  1 --- 32  Gomez grounded out to third (BFBBSFX)
 5-2  2 --- 00  Inge flied out to left (X)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Minnesota batting
                Miner now pitching
 5-2  0 --- 32  Hunter struck out (BSCFBBFS)
 5-2  1 --- 12  White grounded out to third (CCBX)
 5-2  2 --- 21  Kubel flied out to right (BSBX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Detroit batting
 5-2  0 --- 11  Santiago lined out to center (BFX)
 5-2  1 --- 11  Granderson grounded out to second (BCX)
 5-2  2 --- 02  Monroe grounded a single between third and short (CSFX)
                Rincon now pitching
 5-2  2 1-- 22  Polanco lined a single to right, Monroe to second (BFFBX)
                Nathan now pitching
 5-2  2 12- 32  Ordonez grounded a single between third and short, Monroe 
                  scored, Polanco to second (CBBSFB>X)
 5-3  2 12- 02  Guillen struck out (CFS)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Minnesota batting
 5-3  0 --- 20  Bartlett grounded out to the mound (BBX)
 5-3  1 --- 22  Castillo lined out to right (FCBBX)
 5-3  2 --- 22  Punto struck out (BCBCFS)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Detroit batting
 5-3  0 --- 10  Rodriguez homered deep to left (BX)
 5-4  0 --- 21  Gomez flied out to right (SBBX)
 5-4  1 --- 12  Inge struck out (CBCS)
                Casey pinch hitting for Santiago
 5-4  2 --- 32  Casey struck out (BBBCFFS)
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