Gardenhire: 'We don't need a stadium? C'mon'
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Turns out there is a clock in baseball.
The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians were tied at 5-all
after 11 innings Saturday when the game was suspended because the
Metrodome field needed to be changed over for the later Penn
State-Minnesota football game.
|“||I knew we were in trouble when they came up to us and said,|
'Not to worry, in 11 years it's never happened.'”
|— Eric Wedge, Indians manager|
"I didn't even know anything about it," Minnesota outfielder
Lew Ford said. "When everyone started walking off the field I
thought they were kidding at first."
"I guess the crowd knew, though, because they all left
immediately," he added.
The Twins posted a message on the big screen when the game went
to extra innings that no inning could start after 2:30 p.m. As soon
as Justin Morneau grounded out to end the 11th inning at 2:33, the
seats emptied and the makeover began.
Many of the Twins didn't like it.
"We battle our butts off and then it's over," exclaimed Torii
Hunter. "That's terrible."
"We're in the middle of a mess now," said manager Ron
Gardenhire, who couldn't contain his anger. "We don't need a
Penn State and 18th-ranked Minnesota were to start at 7 p.m. and
stadium workers immediately began to the cover the dirt, paint the
field lines and color in logos.
"I'm not saying anything about the college, I respect them and
all sports, but we're trying to clinch home field here," reliever
Juan Rincon said. "It doesn't make it any easier for us at home
where we should be at home."
The Twins and Indians will resume at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, followed
by the regularly scheduled season finale between the two teams.
The AL Central champion Twins can still begin the playoffs at
home if they beat the Indians twice on Sunday and Oakland beats
Anaheim on Sunday. In that case Minnesota would
host Boston in Game 1 of the division series on Tuesday; otherwise
the Twins would open at the New York Yankees.
Cleveland's Grady Sizemore will enter the resumption just a
double shy of the cycle. After three at-bats Sizemore was on the
brink of the cycle, but he walked to lead off the seventh and
grounded out in the ninth. Josh Phelps also homered for the
Indians manager Eric Wedge was aware the game could come to a
"I knew we were in trouble when they came up to us and said,
'Not to worry, in 11 years it's never happened," he said.
"This gives new meaning to a 'no-decision," added starter
Lew Ford was a season-high 4-for-6 with three runs scored for
Sizemore led off the game with his first career triple and
scored on Coco Crisp's RBI single. Casey Blake made it 2-0 with an
Minnesota got one run back in the bottom of the inning on Torii
Hunter's RBI single. Sizemore hit his fifth homer, off Carlos Silva
with one out in the fifth, to make it 3-1.
The Twins came back to tie it in the bottom half. Henry Blanco
led off with a double, moved to third on Ford's single and scored
on Jason Kubel's sacrifice fly. Ford also moved up on the sacrifice
fly and scored from second on Justin Morneau's two-out single to
make it 3-all.
Phelps hit a 412-foot shot off Silva with one out in the fifth
as Cleveland regained the lead 4-3. It was Phelps' 17th homer of
Again the Twins came back, with a run on Luis Rivas' sacrifice
fly off Westbrook.
With the game tied 4-4, Cleveland scored a run against the Twins
bullpen in the seventh to take the lead. J.C. Romero walked
Sizemore and, two outs later, Blake hit an RBI single off Grant
The Twins tied the game for the third time with a run off
Westbrook in the bottom of the inning. Ford led off with his fourth
hit, and third infield single, and moved to third on Kubel's single
to right. Ford scored when Hunter grounded into a double play.
Johan Santana was picked as AL Pitcher of the Month for the
third straight month -- the first time that has happened since Pedro
Martinez won the award from April-June of 1999. ... Jacque Jones
pinch-hit in the eighth and was hit by a pitch. He is scheduled to
fly to California this weekend for the funeral of his father, Hardy
Jones, who died of cancer on Thursday. Jones is expected to be back
with the Twins for the start of playoffs. ... Hunter was hit on his
left hand by a pitch in the third inning and stayed in the game
wearing a padded brace. ... Crisp has 71 RBI and the Indians have
seven players with at least 70 RBI. Last year Jody Gerut was the
only Cleveland player to eclipse 70.