COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The home run trend continued in the 35th annual Hall of Fame Game as the Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies hit three apiece in an 8-5 Twins victory.
Minnesota struck first with a run in the top of the first inning off of Philadelphia starter Tug McGraw, but the Phillies bounced back in their half of the inning with back-to-back homers from Richie Hebner and Jerry Martin to take a 2-1 lead.
Philadelphia increased its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second when Bake McBride doubled, advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt, and scored on Dave Johnson’s sacrifice fly.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Luis Gomez singled and advanced to second on Craig Kusick’s single. Gomez scored when Bob Gorinski hit a ground rule double to narrow the Phillies’ lead to 3-2.
After Tim McCarver reached on an error in the top of the fifth, Ollie Brown homered to give Philadelphia a 5-2 lead. The Phillies continued to threaten in the inning when they loaded the bases with no one out, but Minnesota pitcher Jim Shellenback recorded two consecutive strikeouts, and catcher Bud Bulling picked off Terry Harmon at third to escape the inning without further damage.
The Twins tied it in the top of the sixth inning with a Gorinski three-run home run, and took the lead for good in the seventh with another run. Minnesota added two insurance runs when Bulling hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth.
Gorinski’s run scored, two hits and four RBI led the way for the Twins along with Gomez’s two hits and two runs scored. Gary Serum pitched the final three innings for Minnesota without allowing a hit.
The Phillies were led by McBride’s two hits and Brown’s two RBI.
The win is the American League’s 21st where the National League has won 13 in the yearly Hall of Fame Games.
Negro Leaguers Cool Papa Bell and Judy Johnson with Minnesota Twins Rod Carew. All three would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)