Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip: Worlds Collide

1989: Brian Harper
1989: Brian Harper /

Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, October 15th, 2017

Welcome to the October 15th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!

Minnesota Twins Scores, News and Notes

Surprise had a route on Saturday of Scottsdale, winning 11-1. LaMonte Wade started in right field, going 1-4 with a run, an RBI, and two walks. Sean Miller started at second base, going 1-5, scoring two runs, driving in a run, and striking out once. Ryan Eades threw an inning of relief, allowing an unearned run on two hits, striking out 1. Eades committed the error that led to the unearned run. The next game will be Monday, when Surprise will host the same Scottsdale team at 2:30PM CT.

Playoff games yesterday

Houston Astros 2, New York Yankees 1
Houston got a huge pitching performance from Justin Verlander and a walk-off run out of Jose Altuve, sprinting around from 1st to take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS on Saturday. Verlander threw a complete game, going 9 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 13. Carlos Correa went 2-1 with a home run, double, and a walk, driving in Altuve with his double in the 9th to win the game.

Game 3 of the series will shift to New York on Monday.

Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Chicago Cubs 2
After going down 2-0, the Dodgers stormed back behind the bats of Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor to take the first game of the NLCS. Taylor went 2-5 with a home run, and Puig went 2-4 with a home run and a double. Kenley Jansen struck out all four hitters he faced in a perfect 1 1/3 innings to close out the game.

Game 2 of the series is today in Los Angeles.

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Playoff games today

Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:30PM CT
Starting Pitchers: Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw
Television: TBS
Series Standing: Dodgers lead 1-0

Notes from around baseball

Next: Twins 2017 Review: Catchers

One Last Thing

These exciting plays at the plate reminded me of one of the more impressive plays at the plate in my memory, the 1991 World Series, game 4, when Lonnie Smith, who would later become infamous for another base running snafu in the series, bowled over former teammate Brian Harper at home plate. Harper held onto the ball to record the out.

Smith and Harper were friends at the time, having played together when both were with the St. Louis Cardinals to open the season, though they ended up opposing each other in that season’s World Series as well as Smith was traded early in the year to the Royals and took over as a starting outfielder for the Royals.