1981 Season Replay – A’s at Twins

1981 Season Replay – A’s at Twins

1981, 1981 Season, Athletics, Twins
Opening series featuring AL West favorites Oakland A's @ Minnesota   Opening Day - Metropolitan Stadium 4-9-81 A's 12, Twins 1 WP: Rick Langford (1-0) LP: Al Williams (0-1) HR's: A's - Tony Armas (1), Dave McKay (1)   4-10-81 A's 12, Twins 0 WP: Steve McCatty (1-0) LP: Pete Redfern (0-1) HR's: A's - Cliff Johnson (1) McCatty 4 hitter, 8 K's   4-11-81 A's 6, Twins 2 WP: Mike Norris (1-0) LP: Fernando Arroyo (0-1) HR's: A's - Dwayne Murphy (1), Cliff Johnson (2), Jim Spencer (1), Twins - Mickey Hatcher (1)   4-12-81 Twins 2, A's 1 WP: Roger Erickson (1-0) LP: Matt Keough (0-1) HR's: Twins - Dave Engle (1)   A's take 3 of 4 to start the season in Minnesota.
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Angels

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Angels

1978, 1978 Tournament, Angels, Twins
Must win Game 3 for the Twins as they send Geoff Zahn (14-14 3.03 Grade 14) to the hill while the Angels start Chris Knapp (14-8 4.21 Grade 6). Twins get an early run in the first as Roy Smalley goes yard to give the Twins a lead. That lead would be short lived as the Angels get 3 in the second as Bobby Grich hits a huge 3 run homer to give the Angels the lead. The Twins would get back in the game with a 2 spot in the 6th, but the Angels get 3 more in the 7th with doubles by Carney Lansford and Lyman Bostock being the big hits. The Twins had no quit as they plate 2 in the bottom of the 7th, but Dave…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Angels

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Angels

1978, 1978 Tournament, Angels, Twins
Game 2 has Twins starter Roger Erickson (14-13 3.96 Grade 8) on the mound opposite strike out King Nolan Ryan (10-13 3.72). The Angels get on the board first with an 2 out RBI by Joe Rudi in the 1st. The Twins would quickly even the score with a run of their own in the second courtesy of a RBI double by Jose Morales. The Angels would get 2 runs in the 3rd and single runs in the 4th and 5th to take a 5-1 lead. That would be all Ryan would need as he goes the distance giving up only the one run on 6 hits while striking out 6. The Angels now lead the series 2-0 as we head back to Metropolitan Stadium. Final Score: Angels 5, Twins…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Angels

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Angels

1978, 1978 Tournament, Angels, Twins
This second round matchup pits the #18 Minnesota Twins winners of their first round matchup with the Astros and the #12 California Angels. The Twins finished the regular season 73-89, 4th in the AL West. The Angels had a mark of 87-75, good enough for 2nd in the AL West. Game 1 had Minnesota sending Gary "Truth" Serum (9-9 4.10 Grade 5) to the mound against southpaw Frank Tanana (18-12 3.65 Grade 11). This figures to be a good series and Game 1 was a very good game. The Angels jump on top 1-0 via RBI single by Rick Miller in the 2nd. The Twins would fire back with the 3 of their own in the top of the 3rd, only to have the Angels tie it back up in…
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Astros vs Twins

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Astros vs Twins

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
Game 3 has the Astros with their backs to the wall down 2-0. The Astros send Joe Niekro (14-14 3.86 Grade 7) to pitch against Dave Goltz (15-10 2.49 Grade 16). The Astos have only scored 2 runs so far through 2 games and this one isn't much different. The Astros stranded 5 runners through 3 and it would come back to haunt them. The Twins jump on top 2-0 thanks to a clutch hit by Rob Wilfong, they would add another run in the 7th to make it 3-0. The Astros finally get on the board with a 2 out single by Enos Cabell but Mike Marshall would come on to get the last 4 outs for his second save of the series. Final Score: Twins 3, Astros 1…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
Game 2 feels like a must win got the Astros here at the Astrodome as they are looking at a Grade A pitcher on Goltz in Game 3. Twins send Geoff Zahn (14-14 3.03 Grade 14) to the mound opposite Mark Lemongello (9-14 3.94 Grade 6). Hitters were quiet through 3 innings until the Twins put a 3 spot up in the 4th made worse for the Astros by an error from centerfielder Terry Puhl. It allowed 2 runs to come home after 2 were out. That would be more than enough for Geoff Zahn as he tosses a complete game shoutout to give the Twins a 2-0 lead heading back to Metropolitan Stadium. Final Score: Twins 6, Astros 0 WP: Geoff Zahn (1-0) LP: Mark Lemongello (0-1) HR's: None…
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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
The next match up in the play in round features the #18 seed Minnesota Twins vs the #17 seed Houston Astros. The Twins finished 73-89 and finished 4th in the AL West while the Astros finished 74-88 and finished 5th in the NL West. Game 1 is a showdown between Roger Erickson (14-13 3.96 Grade 8) vs. JR Richard (18-11 3.11 Grade 14). Pitchers would control the early game as through 4 the Twins had scratched across a lone run and led 1-0. The Twins would open the game up some in the 4th with back to back homers, a 2 run shot by Willie Norwood and a solo shot from Roy Smalley. Leading 4-0 the Astros finally dent the scoreboard with a run in the 5th and a solo…
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