1970 Rewind: Game Forty-two


Date:  Friday, May 29.

Batting stars:  Rick Renick was 2-for-4 with two home runs, his third and fourth.  Tony Oliva was 2-for-4.

Pitching starsJim Perry pitched six innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks and striking out one.  Dick Woodson pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Thurman Munson was 2-for-4.  Bobby Murcer was 2-for-5.  Mike Kekich pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks and striking out four.  Lindy McDaniel pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief, giving up one hit and one walk and striking out two.

The game:  With two out in the first Murcer singled, Roy White walked, and Danny Cater delivered an RBI single to put the Yankees up 1-0.  The Twins drew a pair of walks in the second but could do nothing with them.  In the third Jerry Kenney tripled and scored on a fielder's choice to make it 2-0 New York.  The Twins loaded the bases in the third but again could not score.  In the fourth, Gene Michael and Mike Kekich singled, putting men on first and third, and Horace Clarke grounded out to put the Yankees ahead 3-0.

The Twins got on the board in the fourth when Renick led off with a home run.  Renick again homered in the sixth to make it 3-2.  The Twins had men on first and third in the seventh, but again failed to make it count.

White led off the eighth with a triple and scored on Ron Woods' single to give New York an insurance run at 4-2.  The last seven Twins batters were retired.

WP:  Kekich (1-1).

LP:  Perry (6-4).

S:  McDaniel (4).

Notes:  Renick was at third, with Harmon Killebrew moving to first and Rich Reese on the bench.  Reese pinch-hit for George Mitterwald in the sixth.  Paul Ratliff pinch-hit for Perry in the sixth and stayed in the game at catcher.  Charlie Manuel pinch-hit for Ron Perranoski in the eighth.

Carew was 1-for-4 and was batting .393.  Oliva was batting .331.  Renick was batting .323.  Killebrew was 0-for-2 and was batting .322.  Woodson had an ERA of zero.  Perranoski gave up one run in two innings and had an ERA of 1.80.  Perry had an ERA of 2.61.

Woodson was making his season debut.  It appears he was coming off an injury.

The Twins stranded nine and were 1-for-7 with men in scoring position.

Record:  The Twins were 29-13, in first place in the American League West, 2.5 games ahead of California.