1965 Rewind: Game Twenty-nine


Date:  Monday, May 17.

Batting stars:  Earl Battey was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Harmon Killebrew was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring once.  Don Mincher hit a pinch-hit home run in his only at-bat.

Pitching star:  Camilo Pascual pitched seven innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

Opposition stars:  Albie Pearson was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk, scoring twice.  Paul Schall was 2-for-3 with a home run (his seventh) and a walk.  Jim Fregosi was 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk, scoring once.

The game:  RBI singles by Battey and Jerry Kindall in the second inning gave the Twins a 2-0 lead.  Schall homered in the third and Fregosi tripled and scored in the fourth to tie it at two.  The Twins took the lead back in the sixth when Bob Allison scored from first on a Battey single.  In the eighth, however, the Angels loaded the bases and Vic Power delivered a two-run single to put them up 4-3.  Mincher hit a pinch-hit home run leading off the ninth to tie it 4-4 and send the game to extra inning.  In the tenth, Pearson led off with a double, went to third on a bunt, and scored on a single by Buck Rodgers to end the game.

Of note:  Zoilo Versalles was 1-for-5.  Rich Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk.  Tony Oliva was 0-for-5.  Allison was 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs.

Record:  The loss was the third straight for the Twins and dropped them to 18-11.  They remained in second place but were now three and a half games behind Chicago.

Notes:  Paul Schall was twenty-two in 1965.  This was his thirty-first game of the season, and he had seven home runs.  Angels fans must have thought they were seeing the beginning of a power hitter.  Schall would go on to play in one hundred twenty-four more games that season and hit two more home runs.  He hit a total of fifty-seven in an eleven-year career, with a high of eleven in 1971.