LAst Night's Action: Twins Payback Angels
Minnesota Twins (1-1) defeat LA Angels (1-1) 5-3. Joe Saunders had been 10-1 in April with a 2.51 ERA. The Twins obviously didn’t really give a shit. Twins catcher Joe Mauer bashed a fast ball served to him down the middle out past the center field wall in the first inning with Orlando Hudson on to give the Twins a quick 2-0 lead. Delmon Young would hit a scoring fly ball that brought in Justin Morneau later in the inning for the 3-0 lead. Morneau would add a homer of his own in the third inning for a 4-0 lead which Angels center fielder Torii Hunter responded to with an RBI single in the bottom frame. After JJ Hardy homered to give the Twins a 5-1 lead, Hunter who was a triple shy of the cycle homered with Erick Aybar on base to bring the Angels to within two. Jon Rauch came in and got the save for the Twins, but it took 13 pitches Maicer Izturis and Aybar out after Brandon Wood struck out on three pitches.
Joe Saunders (L, 0-1): 5 innings, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 3 homers.
Nick Blackburn (W, 1-0): 6 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 homer.
LA Kings defeat Anaheim Ducks 5-4 (SO). For the second consecutive game the Ducks and Kings went to a shootout, however this game seemed more improbable for the Kings. The Ducks came back from a 1-0 deficit late in the third period Saturday night to get a Saku Koivu goal in the shootout. This time the Kings came back from a 4-1 deficit in the second period to take the game to overtime. Early in the second period Kings goalie Jonathan Quick played a loose puck behind the net to give Anze Kopitar to play. But Bobby Ryan stole the puck and shot it in the net before Quick could get back in the crease giving the Ducks the 3-0 lead 2:01 in the second period. Kings head coach Terry Murray pulled Quick after the next dead puck in favor of Eric Ersberg.
But the Kings came back with goals from Alexander Frolov and Justin Williams that culminated when Michal Handzus scored the tying goal with 1:09 left in the game just a second after Ersberg was pulled for a sixth attacker. Both goalies did a great job in overtime as shots were raining like frogs in a plague to send the game to a shootout. In the shootout, Kopitar scored the winning goal in the third frame of the shootout to eliminate the Ducks from postseason contention. Meanwhile after clinching a playoff spot on Sunday after Calgary lost to Colorado the Kings are now in sixth place in the Western Conference with 97 points, the most points they have earned since the 102 they notched in the 1990-91 season.
Jonathan Quick: 3 goals/8 shots. 22:49 played.
Eric Ersberg (W, 3-3-2): 1 goal/13 shots. 42:10 played.
Curtis McElhinney (L, 8-4-2): 4 goals/40 shots. 65:00 played.