Friday, June 29, 2012

Box Score of the Week

Twins second baseman Tim Teufel hit a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth in this June 1984 win over the Chicago White Sox.


White Sox pitcher Rich Dotson was in cruise control having thrown eight shutout innings. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Dave Engle lead off with a single. With one out, Tom Brunansky reached with another single to put runners at first and second. Teufel then hit a blooper to right field that fell in front Harold Baines. However, as Baines charged the ball, it took one of those crazy Metrodome bounces over his head, rolling all the way to the wall. By the time the Sox corralled the ball and made the relay throw home, Teufel was sliding across the plate with the winning run!

This meant Teufel won the game with a three-run inside the park home run. 

The Twins would in stay contention for the AL Western Division title the rest of the season, whereas the defending AL West champs White Sox never recovered from this bizarre loss and thus were a non factor the rest of the season.


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