1987 Twins vs 2009 Twins: Game 6

‘M & M Boys’ Too Much For 1987 Twins, Game 7 Tomorrow

Justin Morneau singled home Orlando Cabrera in the first inning, then knocked in three more runs with a home run off of Les Straker in the third inning. Joe Mauer added a solo shot in the fifth inning, and the 2009 Twins held a 5-1 lead in Game Six.

The 1987 Twins made it a ballgame by scoring a run in each of the fifth through eighth innings, but they weren’t able to score on Joe Nathan, who earned his third save of the series by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Nick Blackburn earned the victory by allowing three earned runs over the course of eight innings pitched. It seemed to be his day early on – he retired the first 10 batters he faced. The first base runner was Greg Gagne, who was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. A Kirby Puckett single pushed Gagne to third, but Blackburn escaped the inning when Kent Hrbek grounded into a double play.

Blackburn then went on to allow a run in each of the next four innings, including a Tom Brunansky solo home run in the sixth inning. It was not enough for the ’87 team, of course, and they are now forced to play a seventh game in a series that they led three games to one.

Frank Viola will make his third start of the series in Game Seven. Carl Pavano will be the opposing pitcher at the 2009 Metrodome.

Box and PBP below the fold.

6/15/2010, Min87-Min09, Metrodome

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

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  4  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .148    1  0  0  0
Gagne             ss  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .292    2  3  0  0
Puckett           cf  4  1  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .440    3  0  0  0
Hrbek             1b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .400   12  0  0  0
Gaetti            3b  4  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .208    0  3  0  0
Baylor            dh  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .400    0  0  0  0
 Bush             ph  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    0  0  0  0
Brunansky         rf  4  1  2  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .292    0  0  0  0
Lombardozzi       2b  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .263    1  4  0  0
 Davidson         ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Laudner           c   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    1  1  0  0
 Larkin           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Nieto            c   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .500    4  0  0  0
Straker           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  2  1  0
 Schatzeder       p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     32  4  8  4  2  0  1  1  2  0  0  0  1  0  1         24 13  1  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Span              cf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .208    0  0  0  0
Cabrera,O         ss  4  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  4  1  0
Mauer             c   2  2  1  1  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .300    2  1  0  0
Morneau           1b  4  1  2  4  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .375   12  0  0  0
Cuddyer           rf  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .176    4  0  0  0
Kubel             dh  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    0  0  0  0
Young,Delm        lf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  .000    4  0  0  0
Buscher           3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .214    1  2  0  0
Punto             2b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .083    3  3  0  0
Blackburn         p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Nathan           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     29  5  6  5  0  0  2  5  5  0  1  2  0  0  0         27 12  1  0

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Straker          L 0-1           6.0  5  5  2  2  3  83  49   25  2  1  0  0  0  3.95
Schatzeder                       2.0  1  0  0  3  2  43  20    9  0  1  0  1  1  9.00
                                 8.0  6  5  2  5  5 126  69   34  2  2  0  1  1 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Blackburn        W 1-1           8.0  8  4  3  1  2  85  57   32  1  0  1  0  1  3.46
Nathan           S 3             1.0  0  0  0  0  0  11   7    3  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0  8  4  3  1  2  96  64   35  1  0  1  0  1 

Min: Larkin batted for Laudner in the 5th
     Nieto inserted at c in the 5th
     Bush batted for Baylor in the 7th
     Davidson batted for Lombardozzi in the 9th

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

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

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Gladden flied out to left (CBX)
 0-0  1 --- 01  Gagne lined out to third (CX)
 0-0  2 --- 00  Puckett flied out to right (X)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Span grounded out to the mound (X)
 0-0  1 --- 10  Cabrera,O lined a single to shallow right (BX)
 0-0  1 1-- 10  Mauer grounded out to second, Cabrera,O to second (BX)
 0-0  2 -2- 21  Morneau lined a single to shallow center, Cabrera,O
                  scored (BBFX)
 0-1  2 1-- 22  Cuddyer grounded out to second (BCBFX)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 12  Hrbek flied out to left (CCBX)
 0-1  1 --- 01  Gaetti grounded out to short (CX)
 0-1  2 --- 00  Baylor grounded out to first (X)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 22  Kubel grounded out to third (BBFFX)
 0-1  1 --- 30  Young,Delm walked (BBBB)
 0-1  1 1-- 01  Buscher popped out to center (CX)
 0-1  2 1-- 10  Young,Delm was caught stealing second (Bp>C)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 10  Brunansky grounded out to third (BX)
 0-1  1 --- 10  Lombardozzi flied out to right (BX)
 0-1  2 --- 12  Laudner struck out (CBFS)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 0-1  0 --- 20  Punto grounded out to third (BBX)
 0-1  1 --- 11  Span flied out to center (BFX)
 0-1  2 --- 10  Cabrera,O to second on an error by the pitcher Straker
                  (BX)
 0-1  2 -2- 30  Mauer was walked intentionally (IIII)
 0-1  2 12- 00  Morneau homered deep to right, Cabrera,O scored, Mauer
                  scored (X)
 0-4  2 --- 01  Cuddyer lined a single to left (SX)
 0-4  2 1-- 22  Kubel struck out (BpBFFS)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-4  0 --- 12  Gladden popped out to right (SCBFFX)
 0-4  1 --- 02  Gagne was hit by a pitch (CCH)
 0-4  1 1-- 20  Puckett lined a single to left center, Gagne to third
                  (BBX)
 0-4  1 1-3 02  Hrbek grounded into a double play, Buscher to Punto to
                  Morneau (FCX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 0-4  0 --- 11  Young,Delm grounded out to short (SBX)
 0-4  1 --- 11  Buscher grounded out to third (CBX)
 0-4  2 --- 00  Punto grounded out to the mound (X)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 0-4  0 --- 11  Gaetti to first on an error by the shortstop Cabrera,O
                  (CBX)
 0-4  0 1-- 10  Baylor lined a single to left, Gaetti to second (BX)
 0-4  0 12- 10  Brunansky lined a single to right, Gaetti to third,
                  Baylor to second (BX)
 0-4  0 123 00  Lombardozzi hit a sacrifice fly to left, Gaetti scored (X)
                Larkin pinch hitting for Laudner
 1-4  1 12- 11  Larkin popped out to right (CBX)
 1-4  2 12- 00  Gladden lined out to second (X)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
                Nieto now playing catcher
 1-4  0 --- 22  Span popped out to second (CSBFBX)
 1-4  1 --- 12  Cabrera,O grounded out to second (CFBX)
 1-4  2 --- 00  Mauer homered deep to right (X)
 1-5  2 --- 12  Morneau struck out (CCBFS)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 1-5  0 --- 10  Gagne grounded out to short (BX)
 1-5  1 --- 11  Puckett lined a double to left center (BCX)
 1-5  1 -2- 00  Hrbek popped out to second (X)
 1-5  2 -2- 01  Gaetti lined a single to shallow center, Puckett scored
                  (FX)
 2-5  2 1-- 00  Gaetti was picked off first by Blackburn (1)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 2-5  0 --- 21  Cuddyer grounded out to short (BBCX)
 2-5  1 --- 12  Kubel flied out to left (BFSX)
 2-5  2 --- 22  Young,Delm struck out (SBBFC)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
                Bush pinch hitting for Baylor
 2-5  0 --- 22  Bush struck out (CFBFBS)
 2-5  1 --- 21  Brunansky homered deep to left (BBCX)
 3-5  1 --- 01  Lombardozzi grounded out to short (CX)
 3-5  2 --- 22  Nieto grounded out to short (BBCCX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
                Schatzeder now pitching
 3-5  0 --- 01  Buscher grounded out to first (CX)
 3-5  1 --- 32  Punto struck out (BBBCFS)
 3-5  2 --- 32  Span struck out (CSBBFBS)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 3-5  0 --- 21  Gladden lined a double down the left field line (BFBX)
 3-5  0 -2- 10  Gagne grounded out to second, Gladden to third (BX)
 3-5  1 --3 00  Puckett lined a single between first and second, Gladden
                  scored (X)
 4-5  1 1-- 10  Puckett out at second attempting to advance (BB)
 4-5  2 --- 30  Hrbek walked (BB.BB)
 4-5  2 1-- 00  Gaetti popped out to first (X)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 4-5  0 --- 11  Cabrera,O lined a single to left center (BFX)
 4-5  0 1-- 32  Mauer walked, Cabrera,O to second (BCBBCFFFB)
 4-5  0 12- 20  Morneau grounded into a double play, Lombardozzi to Gagne
                  to Hrbek, Cabrera,O to third (BBX)
 4-5  2 --3 30  Cuddyer was walked intentionally (IIII)
 4-5  2 1-3 21  Schatzeder threw a wild pitch, Cuddyer to second (BCBB)
 4-5  2 -23 31  Kubel walked (BCBB.B)
 4-5  2 123 21  Young,Delm flied out to center (BCBX)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Nathan now pitching
 4-5  0 --- 11  Bush grounded out to second (BFX)
 4-5  1 --- 11  Brunansky grounded out to the mound (CBX)
                Davidson pinch hitting for Lombardozzi
 4-5  2 --- 22  Davidson flied out to left (CBBFX)
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