MINNESOTA 17, BOSTON 5 IN BOSTON
Date: Tuesday, May 25.
Batting stars: Bob Allison was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer (his fifth) and a walk, scoring three times. Zoilo Versalles was 2-for-5 with a home run (his fourth) and a double, scoring three times and driving in three. Earl Battey was 2-for-4 with a home run (his second) and a walk, scoring twice and driving in five.
Pitching stars: Mudcat Grant pitched a complete game, giving up five runs on eight hits and no walks with three strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Eddie Bressoud was 2-for-4 with a home run (his fourth) and a double. Jerry Moses hit a pinch-hit home run. Gary Geiger, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, hit a home run in his only at-bat.
The game: Tony Oliva singled in the first run and a second scored on a ground out, putting the Twins up 2-0 in the first inning. In the fourth, Allison hit a two-run homer and Jerry Kindall had a solo shot in a four-run inning that made it 6-0. The Red Sox got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but the Twins scored five in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Battey had a three-run homer and Versalles a two-run homer in the inning.
Of note: Rich Rollins was 2-for-6 with a double. Oliva was 2-for-6 with a home run (his seventh), scoring twice and driving in three. Harmon Killebrew was 3-for-6 with two runs, raising his average to .302.
Record: The win made the Twins 22-13, still in second place, but only one game behind Chicago.
Notes: Pitchers were definitely used differently in 1965. We've seen a lot of quick hooks, and then we see Grant pitch a complete game in a 17-5 victory. I cannot think of a circumstance in which a pitcher would throw a 17-5 complete game now.