By: Kyle May
The Angels and the Twins went to extra innings in game 1 of their double header. The Angels won 4-3 in 12 innings.
The Angels scored via sacrifices every single time. Carlos Perez led the way, going 2-for-4, and no other Angel recorded more than 1 hit. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and CJ Cron combined to go 0-for-19 in game 1 of the doubleheader.
Andrew Heaney turned in another quality start. He went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs while walking 2 batters and striking out 6 batters. The Angels’ bullpen consisted of 5 pitchers, concluding with Huston Street’s 37th save of the year.
Torii Hunter led the Twins offense with a 2-for-5 performance. Miguel Sano homered in the 7th to tie the game 3-3, a score that remained until the 12th inning. Kurt Suzuki had an RBI single in the 6th inning.
Kyle Gibson got the ball for the Twins in game 1. He spanned 6 1/3 innings, while allowing 3 runs and recording 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. After Gibson, the Twins used 7 different relievers.
In total, game 1 of the doubleheader featured 14 pitchers, 6 for the Angels and 14 for the Twins. With the win, the Angels tied the Twins for being the first team out of the Wild Card spots. After game 1, the Angels and Twins had an identical record of 75-72. Both teams sat 1.5 games back of the Houston Astros for the second AL Wild Card spot.
The Angels scored 5 total runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings game 2 of their Saturday doubleheader with the Twins. In the 6th, Pujols doubled and Murphy singled to give the Angels a 3-0 lead. Iannetta and Trout homered in the innings that followed, respectively. Erick Aybar went 3-for-4 in the leadoff role and Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 in the cleanup spot.
Garrett Richards nearly tossed a complete game en route to his 14th win of the season. He went 8 2/3 innings and allowed 2 runs. He fanned 7 batters and walked 4 batters. Huston Street made his second appearance of the day, retiring Aaron Hicks to earn his 38th save of the season.
Trevor Plouffe hit his 21st homerun of the season. The Twins’ only other run was via a Kennys Vargas groundout in the 9th inning.
Mike Pelfrey was hit for 4 runs in 6 innings. He only struck out 1 batter, but did not walk anybody. Today’s loss makes his record 6-10 for the season. Phil Hughes made an appearance out of the bullpen. He threw 2 innings, which included giving up a homerun to Mike Trout, Trout’s 39th homerun of the season.
The Angels propelled themselves in front of the Twins in the AL Wild Card race with the doubleheader sweep today. The Angels sit 1.5 games back of the Houston Astros for the second AL Wild Card spot, while the Twins now sit 2.5 games back of the Astros.
What is next for these clubs?
The Angels will go for the 4 game sweep of the Twins at Target Field tomorrow. Matt Shoemaker (7-9, 4.31 ERA) will be up against Tyler Duffey (3-1, 3.72 ERA) in the pitching matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 11:10 PT.