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Wednesday September 30, 1970
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Pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, Paul Ratliff homered with two men on base to bring the Twins a 6-4 victory over the Royals. The Twins went into the final frame on the short end of a 4-2 score and pushed over one run on singles by Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Jim Holt. After a pass to Brant Alyea, Ratliff hit his homer and scored behind pinch-runners Herman Hill and Jim Nettles. [The Sporting News]


Minnesota Twins 6, Kansas City Royals 4

Game Played on Wednesday, September 30, 1970 (Night game) at Metropolitan Stadium

Royals       0  2  0    0  0  1    1  0  0  -   4  5  1
Twins        0  0  0    0  2  0    0  0  4  -   6  7  2


Royals               AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG      Twins                AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG
Kelly cf              5   0   0   0     0   0   .235      Tovar cf              4   0   2   2     0   0   .299
Rojas 2b              4   1   1   0     0   0   .246      Cardenas ss           4   0   0   0     0   2   .248
Piniella lf           4   0   2   1     0   0   .301      Oliva rf              4   1   1   0     0   2   .323
Kirkpatrick c         3   1   0   0     1   0   .230      Killebrew 3b          4   0   1   0     0   0   .272
Oliver 1b             4   1   2   0     0   0   .259        Hill pr             0   1   0   0     0   0   .095
Sorrell rf            3   0   0   0     1   1   .269      Carew 1b              2   0   0   0     0   1   .366
Floyd 3b              2   1   0   1     1   1   .333        Holt 1b             1   0   0   1     0   0   .266
Matchick ss           4   0   0   0     0   2   .186      Alyea lf              3   0   0   0     1   0   .291
Bunker p              3   0   0   0     1   1   .065        Nettles pr          0   1   0   0     0   0   .211
  York p              0   0   0   0     0   0   .000      Mitterwald c          3   1   1   0     0   1   .222
                                                            Ratliff ph          1   1   1   3     0   0   .274
                                                          Thompson 2b           3   0   0   0     0   0   .217
                                                          Blyleven p            2   1   1   0     0   0   .140
                                                            Reese ph            1   0   0   0     0   0   .261
                                                            Haydel p            0   0   0   0     0   0   .667

Totals               32   4   5   2     4   5             Totals               32   6   7   6     1   6

Time of Game: 2:19   Attendance:  5,219
Left on Base: Royals 6, Twins 3
DP: Royals 0, Twins 0
Errors: Matchick, Cardenas, Killebrew
Doubles: Piniella (24), Rojas (13), Tovar (36)
Triples: Oliver (6)
Home Runs: Ratliff (5)
Caught Stealing: Piniella (6)
Sacrifice Flies: Floyd (1), Holt (4)


Royals                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Bunker                  8     6   4   4   0   6   0  31   4.22
York L(1-1)             0.1   1   2   2   1   0   1   3   3.38
Totals                  8.1   7   6   6   1   6   1  34

Twins                  IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Blyleven                8     5   4   1   4   3   0  34   3.18
Haydel W(2-0)           1     0   0   0   0   2   0   3   3.00
Totals                  9     5   4   1   4   5   0  37

Passed Balls: Kirkpatrick (5)
Wild Pitches: Bunker (5), Blyleven (2)

Umpires: HP - Larry Barnett, 1B - Ron Luciano, 2B - John Rice, 3B - Lou DiMuro


ROYALS 1ST: Kelly flied out to center; Rojas grounded out
(second to first); Piniella doubled to center; Kirkpatrick
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 0,
Twins 0.

TWINS 1ST: Tovar singled to right; Bunker threw a wild pitch
[Tovar to second]; Cardenas popped to first in foul territory;
Oliva flied out to center; Killebrew reached on an error by
Matchick [Tovar to third]; Carew struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2
LOB.  Royals 0, Twins 0.

ROYALS 2ND: Oliver tripled to right; Sorrell struck out; Floyd
walked; Blyleven threw a wild pitch [Floyd to second]; Matchick
lined to shortstop; Bunker reached on an error by Cardenas
[Floyd scored (unearned) (no RBI), Oliver scored (unearned) (no
RBI)]; Kelly flied out to left; 2 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.
Royals 2, Twins 0.

TWINS 2ND: Alyea grounded out (third to first); Mitterwald
struck out; Thompson made an out to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Royals 2, Twins 0.

ROYALS 3RD: Rojas grounded out (shortstop to first); Piniella
grounded out (third to first); Kirkpatrick grounded out (second
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 2, Twins 0.

TWINS 3RD: Blyleven grounded out (shortstop to first); Tovar
made an out to second; Cardenas grounded out (second to first);
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 2, Twins 0.

ROYALS 4TH: Oliver made an out to second; Sorrell grounded out
(second to first); Floyd struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Royals 2, Twins 0.

TWINS 4TH: Oliva struck out; Killebrew flied out to center;
Carew grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Royals 2, Twins 0.

ROYALS 5TH: Matchick struck out; Bunker walked; Kelly forced
Bunker (second to shortstop); Rojas lined to shortstop; 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 2, Twins 0.

TWINS 5TH: Alyea grounded out (shortstop to first); Mitterwald
singled to center; Thompson flied out to right; Blyleven singled
to center [Mitterwald to second]; Tovar doubled to left
[Blyleven scored, Mitterwald scored]; Cardenas struck out; 2 R,
3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Royals 2, Twins 2.

ROYALS 6TH: HOLT REPLACED CAREW (PLAYING 1B); Piniella made an
out to shortstop; Kirkpatrick walked; Oliver reached on an error
by Killebrew [Oliver to second, Kirkpatrick to third]; Sorrell
was walked intentionally; Floyd hit a sacrifice fly to center
[Kirkpatrick scored (unearned)]; Matchick grounded out (second
to first); 1 R (0 ER), 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Royals 3, Twins 2.

TWINS 6TH: Oliva struck out; Killebrew popped to first in foul
territory; Holt flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals
3, Twins 2.

ROYALS 7TH: Bunker made an out to second; Kelly grounded out
(shortstop to first); Rojas doubled to left; Piniella singled to
center [Rojas scored]; Piniella was caught stealing second
(catcher to shortstop); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 4, Twins 2.

TWINS 7TH: Alyea grounded out (shortstop to first); Mitterwald
flied out to center; Thompson made an out to third; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Royals 4, Twins 2.

ROYALS 8TH: Kirkpatrick popped to catcher in foul territory;
Oliver singled to left; Sorrell popped to catcher in foul
territory; Floyd flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Royals 4, Twins 2.

TWINS 8TH: REESE BATTED FOR BLYLEVEN; Reese grounded out (second
to first); Tovar flied out to center; Leo Cardenas hit a fly
ball down the LF line that the Twins thought hit the pole; 3B
umpire Lou DiMuro ruled it a foul ball; Twins Manager Bill
Rigney charged out to argue with HP umpire Larry Napp; when Napp
did not change the call, Rigney ran to DiMuro and argued; Rigney
was ejected by DiMuro; Rigney kicked his cap about 30 feet; Bob
Allison ejected from the bench by DiMuro; Cardenas struck
out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 4, Twins 2.

ROYALS 9TH: HAYDEL REPLACED REESE (PITCHING); Matchick struck
out; Bunker was called out on strikes; Kelly grounded out
(shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 4, Twins 2.

TWINS 9TH: Oliva singled to center; Killebrew singled to left
[Oliva to second]; HILL RAN FOR KILLEBREW; YORK REPLACED BUNKER
(PITCHING); Kirkpatrick allowed a passed ball [Hill to second,
Oliva to third]; Holt hit a sacrifice fly to left [Oliva
scored]; Alyea walked; NETTLES RAN FOR ALYEA; RATLIFF BATTED FOR
MITTERWALD; Ratliff homered [Hill scored, Nettles scored]; 4 R,
3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Royals 4, Twins 6.



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