1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 3

Inside-the-Park Homerun Completes Comeback

The 2009 Twins had game three all but locked up heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. Behind the solid pitching of Carl Pavano, the timely RBI’s of Jason Kubel, and the home run by Joe Mauer – the MVP’s first offensive contribution to this series – Gardy’s boys had a 5-0 lead.

That’s when Pavano finally ran into trouble. Greg Gagne singled up the middle to start the inning. Kirby Puckett reached on an error by Orlando Cabrera, and Keny Hrbek walked to load the bases. Gary Gaetti’s RBI single put the ’87 Twins on the board for the first time, and chased Pavano from the game.

No problem, Gardy brought Matt Guerrier out with a four-run lead. Guerrier got Randy Bush to ground out, but allowed hits to the next two batters. Tom Brunansky’s RBI single made it a two-run lead and left runners at the corners with just one out.

Steve Lombardozzi laced the first pitch that he saw hard to center field. Carlos Gomez made a split-second decision to dive for the liner, and came up with nothing. The ball bounced slowly past him, all the way to the wall. By the time Denard Span was able to recover, Lombo was making the turn for home. His run represented the go-ahead run, and the 1987 team had completed the comeback.

Jeff Reardon ran into some trouble in the ninth, but was able to work his way out to secure the win and a 2-1 series lead.

Box and Play-by-play below the fold.

6/11/2010, Min09-Min87, Metrodome

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2009 Twins             0  0  0  2  0  1  1  1  0     5 13  1     9  1
1987 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  6  x     6 12  1     7  2

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Span              lf  5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .182    3  0  0  0
Cabrera,O         ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .273    1  2  1  0
 Morales,J        ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    0  0  0  0
Mauer             c   5  2  3  1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    3  1  0  0
Morneau           1b  5  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .364   10  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  4  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  0  0  0
 Casilla,A        ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Kubel             dh  3  0  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .300    0  0  0  0
Gomez             cf  3  0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    3  0  0  0
Buscher           3b  4  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .286    0  0  0  0
Punto             2b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    3  8  0  0
Pavano            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Guerrier         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     37  5 13  4  0  1  1  3  3  0  0  0  0  0  1         24 11  1  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .071    1  0  1  0
Gagne             ss  4  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .308    2  8  0  0
Puckett           cf  4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .385    4  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  3  1  2  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    7  0  0  0
Gaetti            3b  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .154    1  0  0  0
Baylor            dh  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  .333    0  0  0  0
 Bush             ph  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  0  0  0
Brunansky         rf  4  1  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .417    3  0  0  0
Lombardozzi       2b  4  1  3  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .364    6  2  0  0
Laudner           c   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .182    3  0  0  0
Straker           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Berenguer        p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Reardon          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     35  6 12  6  1  0  1  1  3  0  1  0  1  0  0         27 10  1  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Pavano                           7.0 10  4  3  1  3  97  65   32  0  0  1  0  1  3.86
Guerrier         BS 1, L 0-1     1.0  2  2  2  0  0  11   7    5  1  0  0  0  0  7.71
                                 8.0 12  6  5  1  3 108  72   37  1  0  1  0  1 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Straker                          7.2 10  5  4  3  2 119  69   34  1  0  0  0  2  4.70
Berenguer        W 1-0           0.1  1  0  0  0  0   3   3    2  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
Reardon          S 1             1.0  2  0  0  0  1  20  16    5  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0 13  5  4  3  3 142  88   41  1  0  0  0  2 

Min: Morales,J batted for Cabrera,O in the 9th
     Casilla,A batted for Cuddyer in the 9th
Min: Bush batted for Baylor in the 8th

GWRBI: Lombardozzi
Temperature: 70, Wind: none.
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
2009 Twins             0  0  0  2  0  1  1  1  0     5 13  1     9  1
1987 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  6  x     6 12  1     7  2

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

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Span flied out to right (BFX)
 0-0  1 --- 10  Cabrera,O lined out to third (BX)
 0-0  2 --- 10  Mauer lined out to center (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Gladden grounded out to second (X)
 0-0  1 --- 10  Gagne grounded out to second (BX)
 0-0  2 --- 21  Puckett grounded out to second (BBCX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Morneau lined out to center (X)
 0-0  1 --- 32  Cuddyer popped out to second (BFBFBX)
 0-0  2 --- 22  Kubel grounded a single between first and second (BBCFX)
 0-0  2 1-- 10  Gomez flied out to right (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 02  Hrbek lined a double to left center (FFX)
 0-0  0 -2- 02  Gaetti struck out (CSS)
 0-0  1 -2- 10  Baylor lined a single up the middle, Hrbek to third (BX)
 0-0  1 1-3 11  Brunansky popped out to first (BSX)
 0-0  2 1-3 00  Lombardozzi grounded out to second (X)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 22  Buscher popped out to left (BBSFX)
 0-0  1 --- 31  Punto walked (BSBBB)
 0-0  1 1-- 00  Span grounded to short, forcing Punto at second, Span to
                  first (X)
 0-0  2 1-- 12  Cabrera,O grounded to short, forcing Span at second
                  (BpFCX)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Laudner grounded out to second (X)
 0-0  1 --- 22  Gladden lined out to center (BBFFX)
 0-0  2 --- 00  Gagne lined a single to shallow right (X)
 0-0  2 1-- 12  Puckett grounded to short, forcing Gagne at second (CBFX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 01  Mauer reached on an infield single to third (FX)
 0-0  0 1-- 12  Morneau popped out to short (CBCX)
 0-0  1 1-- 02  Cuddyer lined a single to shallow left, Mauer to third,
                  Cuddyer to second on an error by the left fielder
                  Gladden (CFX)
 0-0  1 -23 12  Kubel grounded out to second, Mauer scored, Cuddyer to
                  third (CBCFX)
 1-0  2 --3 02  Gomez lined a single between first and second, Cuddyer
                  scored (CCX)
 2-0  2 1-- 10  Buscher lined out to first (B1X)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 00  Hrbek flied out to left (X)
 2-0  1 --- 22  Gaetti lined out to right (BFBFX)
 2-0  2 --- 11  Baylor grounded out to first (BFX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 32  Punto struck out (CSBBBS)
 2-0  1 --- 11  Span grounded out to short (BFX)
 2-0  2 --- 10  Cabrera,O grounded out to short (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 10  Brunansky grounded a single up the middle (BX)
 2-0  0 1-- 32  Lombardozzi lined a single to shallow center, Brunansky
                  to second (BCBSBX)
 2-0  0 12- 12  Laudner struck out (CBFS)
 2-0  1 12- 32  Gladden lined out to left (SCFBFBBFX)
 2-0  2 12- 00  Gagne grounded out to second (X)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 21  Mauer homered deep to right (BFBX)
 3-0  0 --- 11  Morneau lined a single to shallow left (CBX)
 3-0  0 1-- 22  Cuddyer grounded into a double play, Gagne to Hrbek
                  (FCBBX)
 3-0  2 --- 11  Kubel lined a single to shallow center (CBX)
 3-0  2 1-- 20  Gomez grounded to short, forcing Kubel at second (BBX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 22  Puckett struck out (BCBSC)
 3-0  1 --- 12  Hrbek reached on an infield single to the pitcher (FCBFX)
 3-0  1 1-- 00  Gaetti grounded into a double play, Cabrera,O to Punto to
                  Morneau (1X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 20  Buscher grounded a triple down the first base line (BBX)
 3-0  0 --3 31  Punto walked (BBBCB)
 3-0  0 1-3 22  Span grounded into a double play, Gagne to Lombardozzi to
                  Hrbek, Buscher scored (BBCSX)
 4-0  2 --- 10  Cabrera,O grounded out to short (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 20  Baylor was hit by a pitch (BBH)
 4-0  0 1-- 01  Brunansky flied out to center (CX)
 4-0  1 1-- 00  Baylor was caught stealing second (>S)
 4-0  2 --- 02  Lombardozzi lined a single down the left field line
                  (>S.FFFX)
 4-0  2 1-- 00  Laudner lined a single to shallow left, Lombardozzi to
                  second (X)
 4-0  2 12- 00  Gladden grounded out to first (X)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 4-0  0 --- 12  Mauer struck out (BCFS)
 4-0  1 --- 01  Morneau lined a single between first and second (CX)
 4-0  1 1-- 32  Cuddyer lined a single to left center, Morneau to third
                  (BBCFBFX)
 4-0  1 1-3 10  Kubel hit a sacrifice fly to right, Morneau scored (BX)
 5-0  2 1-- 31  Gomez walked, Cuddyer to second (CBBBB)
                Berenguer now pitching
 5-0  2 12- 00  Buscher grounded a single between third and short,
                  Cuddyer to third, Gomez to second (X)
 5-0  2 123 01  Punto flied out to center (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 5-0  0 --- 01  Gagne grounded a single up the middle (FX)
 5-0  0 1-- 11  Gagne to second, Puckett to first on an error by the
                  shortstop Cabrera,O (BFX)
 5-0  0 12- 30  Hrbek walked, Gagne to third, Puckett to second (BBBB)
 5-0  0 123 21  Gaetti lined a single to shallow center, Gagne scored,
                  Puckett to third, Hrbek to second (BFBX)
                Guerrier now pitching
                Bush pinch hitting for Baylor
 5-1  0 123 01  Bush grounded to second, forcing Gaetti at second,
                  Puckett scored, Hrbek to third, Bush to first (CX)
 5-2  1 1-3 31  Brunansky lined a single to right center, Hrbek scored,
                  Bush to third (FBBBX)
 5-3  1 1-3 00  Lombardozzi homered to center, Bush scored, Brunansky
                  scored (X)
 5-6  1 --- 00  Laudner lined out to left (X)
 5-6  2 --- 10  Gladden flied out to center (BX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Reardon now pitching
 5-6  0 --- 11  Span lined a single to left center (BFX)
                Morales,J pinch hitting for Cabrera,O
 5-6  0 1-- 01  Morales,J popped out to second (CX)
 5-6  1 1-- 32  Mauer lined a single down the left field line, Span to
                  third (CBFBBFFFFFX)
 5-6  1 1-3 02  Morneau struck out (FFS)
                Casilla,A pinch hitting for Cuddyer
 5-6  2 1-3 00  Casilla,A flied out to center (X)
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