MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Twins try to continue
their postseason home success on Wednesday night as they host
Game Two of the American League Championship Series against the
Minnesota used a strong pitching performance from Joe Mays in
posting a 2-1 victory in the opener on Tuesday. Mays yielded
just an unearned run and four singles in eight outstanding
innings to cool down the Angels, who hit a postseason record
.376 in the Division Series against the New York Yankees.
The victory upped Minnesota's all-time record at the Metrodome
in the postseason to 13-2. Anaheim is 1-9 on the road in LCS
"We've always said, you know, this is a tough place to come and
play," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Our fans get into the
baseball games here, it gets really loud. We've built a
baseball team that plays very well here with speed. We beat the
ball on the ground and run around and try to make contact and
put it in play. So, we try to use this place to our advantage."
The Twins scratched for a run in the second inning when Torii
Hunter led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch by
Angels starter Kevin Appier. A.J. Pierzynski later lifted a
sacrifice fly to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.
"We've done so well as a team," Angels center fielder Darin
Erstad said. "You just need to try and learn from this. Learn
from your mistakes and learn what they are trying to do against
Minnesota's Rick Reed (0-1, 7.20 ERA) tries to bounce back from a loss in
the Division Series. Reed was the loser in Game Three against
Oakland when he yielded four runs and six hits in five-plus
innings in a 6-3 defeat.
Reed went 8-4 with a 3.90 ERA at the Metrodome in the regular
season and has enjoyed tremendous success in his career against
Anaheim. The veteran righthander is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA lifetime
against the Angels and went the distance on a three-hitter in a
5-1 victory against them on May 24.
"Well, we know that they like to run the bases and, you know,
make some things happen on the bases," Reed said. "We're also a
team like that. So, it's gonna be a little different than
playing Oakland. Oakland didn't run much, but we know that the
Angels run. You know, they try to cause some havoc on the
"Rick's always been tough on us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "He's a pitcher who has an incredible feel out there on
the mound. He has very, very good command, changes speed well.
He's not afraid to challenge guys."
Ramon Ortiz (0-0, 20.25) was rocked in his first career
postseason start for Anaheim. Ortiz lasted just 2 2/3 innings
and surrendered six runs and three hits while walking four but
saw the Angels rally for a 9-6 victory in Game Three against the
"Some time, you have a day like that," Ortiz said. "I don't feel
bad about that game. But my team (was) keeping me up. They win
the game. But I'm very happy for that."
The Dominican-born righthander lost to Reed and Minnesota on May
24 by allowing five runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings in the
5-1 loss. Ortiz is 0-1 with an 8.38 ERA in a pair of career
starts at the Metrodome.
Ortiz is unbeaten in his last 10 starts since a loss at Toronto
on August 9.