1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 2

Blyleven’s Shutout Evens Series

The 2009 Twins could not figure out Bert Blyleven. Case in point: Joe Mauer batted .365/.444/.587 during the regular season, but went 0-for-4 against Blyleven – including two times in which he grounded into a double play. The only ball Mauer hit hard landed easily in Greg Gagne’s glove for the final out of the game.

Blyleven’s performance wasn’t a classic case of a pitcher dominating. He struck out five batters while walking four. Despite that, he had the ’09 Twins lineup off balance from the start. He allowed just three hits in the game – all singles. While he allowed seven base runners throughout  the game, four of them were erased on double plays.

The offense behind Blyleven did its part with a lot of help from the ’09 defense. Orlando Cabrera committed three errors at shortstop. In all, there were four errors committed, and three of the 1987 Twins’ six runs were of the unearned variety. It’s not as if the ’87 team didn’t earn the runs, however. They totaled 15 hits against opposing pitchers. Kirby Puckett went 4-for-5  and Kent Hrbek went 3-for-5. Every name in the 1987 lineup got at least one hit except for Tim Laudner.

The teams will move to the 1987 Metrodome with a slightly faster track and louder atmosphere for games three through five.

Boxscore and play-by-play below the fold.

6/9/2010, Min87-Min09, Metrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1987 Twins             1  0  1  0  1  1  0  0  2     6 15  0    10  4
2009 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  4     3  1

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  5  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .111    1  0  0  0
Gagne             ss  5  1  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .222    4  4  0  0
Puckett           cf  5  2  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .556    2  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  5  1  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .429   12  0  0  0
Gaetti            3b  5  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .111    1  1  0  0
Smalley           dh  4  1  2  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
Brunansky         rf  5  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .375    1  0  0  0
Lombardozzi       2b  4  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    1  8  0  0
Laudner           c   4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    5  0  0  0
Blyleven          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     42  6 15  5  4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 14  0  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Span              cf  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    4  1  1  0
Cabrera,O         ss  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .429    2  2  3  0
Mauer             c   4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
Morneau           1b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333   12  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  0  0  0
Kubel             dh  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    0  0  0  0
Young,Delm        lf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  0  0  0
Buscher           3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    3  2  0  0
Punto             2b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    2  4  0  0
 Morales,J        ph  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 1.000    0  0  0  0
Blackburn         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Dickey           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Crain            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     26  0  3  0  0  0  0  4  5  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 10  4  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Blyleven         W 1-0           9.0  3  0  0  4  5 118  66   30  0  0  0  0  4  0.00
                                 9.0  3  0  0  4  5 118  66   30  0  0  0  0  4 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Blackburn        L 0-1           5.0  7  4  2  1  0  67  45   25  0  0  0  0  0  3.60
Dickey                           3.0  7  2  1  0  0  49  34   15  0  0  0  0  0  3.00
Crain                            1.0  1  0  0  0  0  10   7    3  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0 15  6  3  1  0 126  86   43  0  0  0  0  0 

Min: Morales,J batted for Punto in the 9th

GWRBI: Puckett
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1987 Twins             1  0  1  0  1  1  0  0  2     6 15  0    10  4
2009 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  3  4     3  1

Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 10  Gladden grounded out to second (BX)
 0-0  1 --- 10  Gagne to first on an error by the shortstop Cabrera,O (BX)
 0-0  1 1-- 02  Puckett lined a double to left center, Gagne scored (CCX)
 1-0  1 -2- 01  Hrbek grounded out to the catcher, Puckett to third (FX)
 1-0  2 --3 00  Gaetti flied out to center (X)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 32  Span walked (BBCBCB)
 1-0  0 1-- 22  Cabrera,O flied out to right (C1FFBBX)
 1-0  1 1-- 00  Mauer grounded into a double play, Lombardozzi to Gagne
                  to Hrbek (1X)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 01  Smalley popped out to third (CX)
 1-0  1 --- 02  Brunansky lined a single between third and short (CSX)
 1-0  1 1-- 00  Lombardozzi grounded to second, forcing Brunansky at
                  second, Lombardozzi to second on an error by the
                  shortstop Cabrera,O (X)
 1-0  2 -2- 12  Laudner grounded out to first (SBSX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 22  Morneau lined out to center (BCFBX)
 1-0  1 --- 12  Cuddyer struck out (CFBS)
 1-0  2 --- 00  Kubel grounded out to short (X)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 12  Gladden popped out to first (CBFX)
 1-0  1 --- 00  Gagne grounded out to third (X)
 1-0  2 --- 00  Puckett lined a single to right (X)
 1-0  2 1-- 00  Hrbek grounded a single between first and second, Puckett
                  to third (X)
 1-0  2 1-3 00  Gaetti grounded a single up the middle, Puckett scored,
                  Hrbek to second (X)
 2-0  2 12- 22  Smalley flied out to center (BBCFX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 22  Young,Delm popped out to short (BBSSX)
 2-0  1 --- 32  Buscher struck out (BBSBCC)
 2-0  2 --- 11  Punto grounded out to first (BSX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 22  Brunansky flied out to center (CSBBX)
 2-0  1 --- 10  Lombardozzi grounded out to first (BX)
 2-0  2 --- 00  Laudner grounded out to second (X)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 22  Span lined a single to shallow center (BBFFX)
 2-0  0 1-- 32  Cabrera,O walked, Span to second (11CBFBBB)
 2-0  0 12- 00  Mauer grounded into a double play, Gaetti to Hrbek,
                  Cabrera,O to second (X)
 2-0  2 -2- 32  Morneau walked (BCFBBB)
 2-0  2 12- 22  Cuddyer grounded out to second (CBBSX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 10  Gladden to first on an error by the shortstop Cabrera,O
                  (BX)
 2-0  0 1-- 00  Gagne grounded a double down the third base line, Gladden
                  scored (X)
 3-0  0 -2- 21  Puckett flied out to left (BbBbCX)
 3-0  1 -2- 32  Hrbek grounded out to second, Gagne to third (2BFCBFBFX)
 3-0  2 --3 31  Gaetti flied out to left (CBBBX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 11  Kubel grounded out to second (SBX)
 3-0  1 --- 11  Young,Delm flied out to left (BFX)
 3-0  2 --- 32  Buscher struck out (BBCCBC)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 31  Smalley walked (BSBBB)
 3-0  0 1-- 00  Brunansky grounded a single up the middle, Smalley to
                  second (X)
                Dickey now pitching
 3-0  0 12- 10  Lombardozzi flied out to right (BX)
 3-0  1 12- 11  Laudner grounded out to short, Smalley to third,
                  Brunansky to second (BCX)
 3-0  2 -23 10  Gladden grounded a single between first and second,
                  Smalley scored, Brunansky to third (BX)
 4-0  2 1-3 20  Gagne flied out to center (BBX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 32  Punto grounded out to short (BCBFBX)
 4-0  1 --- 32  Span grounded out to second (CBBBSX)
 4-0  2 --- 00  Cabrera,O flied out to center (X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 02  Puckett reached on an infield single to third (CFX)
 4-0  0 1-- 22  Hrbek grounded a single up the middle, Puckett out at
                  third (CFBBX)
 4-0  1 1-- 02  Gaetti popped out to first (CFX)
 4-0  2 1-- 02  Smalley singled to left center, Hrbek to third (CC+1X)
 4-0  2 1-3 11  Brunansky flied out to right (SBX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 12  Mauer grounded out to second (CFBX)
 4-0  1 --- 32  Morneau struck out (CBFBBS)
 4-0  2 --- 32  Cuddyer grounded out to second (CSBBBX)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 11  Lombardozzi doubled deep to right center (BCX)
 4-0  0 -2- 02  Laudner grounded out to third (CCX)
 4-0  1 -2- 21  Gladden grounded out to short (BSBX)
 4-0  2 -2- 02  Gagne popped out to short (CFX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 10  Kubel grounded a single between third and short (BX)
 4-0  0 1-- 00  Young,Delm grounded into a double play, Blyleven to
                  Lombardozzi to Hrbek (X)
 4-0  2 --- 12  Buscher struck out (CCBC)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 32  Puckett grounded a single between third and short
                  (BFFBBFX)
 4-0  0 1-- 10  Hrbek grounded a single up the middle, Puckett scored on
                  an error by the center fielder Span, Hrbek to second
                  (BX)
                Crain now pitching
 5-0  0 -2- 00  Gaetti popped out to third (X)
 5-0  1 -2- 22  Smalley doubled deep to right center, Hrbek scored (BCSBX)
 6-0  1 -2- 12  Brunansky lined into a double play, Punto unassisted,
                  Smalley out at second (BFCX)

**************  Bottom of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Morales,J pinch hitting for Punto
 6-0  0 --- 00  Morales,J reached on an infield single to the catcher (X)
 6-0  0 1-- 32  Span walked, Morales,J to second (BBCBCB)
 6-0  0 12- 10  Cabrera,O grounded into a double play, Lombardozzi to
                  Gagne to Hrbek, Morales,J to third (BX)
 6-0  2 --3 00  Mauer lined out to short (X)
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