1970 Rewind: Game Sixty-four


Date:  Thursday, June 25.

Batting star:  Rich Reese was 2-for-4.

Pitching stars:  Tom Hall struck out six in 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.  Bill Zepp pitched two perfect innings.  Steve Barber pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks.

Opposition stars:  Lew Krausse pitched a complete game, giving up one run on four hits and no walks and striking out three.  Russ Snyder was 2-for-4 with a double.

The game:  The Brewers jumped on Twins starter Jim Perry for three runs in the first inning.  With one out Snyder doubled and scored on a Dave May single.  Tito Francona walked and Bob Burda delivered an RBI single.  Another run scored on a ground out, making it 3-0 Milwaukee.  In the second Phil Roof singled and Tommy Harper drew a one-out walk, chasing Perry from the game.  Hall came in and gave up a run-scoring single to Snyder and it was 4-0 Brewers.

The Twins did not get a hit until the fifth, when Reese hit a one-out single.  They got on the board in the seventh when, with one out, Tony Oliva doubled, Harmon Killebrew singled, and Reese drove in a run with a single.  That brought the tying run up to bat, but a pair of fly outs ended the inning.  The Twins got only one more baserunner, when George Mitterwald reached on an error in the eighth.

WP:  Krausse (5-10).

LP:  Perry (10-6).

S:  None.

Notes:  Danny Thompson made his major league debut in this game, playing second base.  Jim Holt was in left in place of Brant Alyea.  Herman Hill and Paul Ratliff were used as pinch-hitter for pitchers.

Oliva was 1-for-4 and was batting .320.  Killebrew was 1-for-4 and was batting .301.  Hall had an ERA of 2.41.  Zepp had an ERA of 2.75.  Barber had an ERA of 2.70.

Mitterwald was 0-for-3 and was batting .199.

Perry lasted only 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks and striking out one.  It seems like a really quick hook for that era--I wonder if he was battling an injury or illness.  If so, it was minor, because he made his next start and did well.

Krausse had a few good years and also some not-very-good years.  This was one of the not-very-good ones, as he went 13-18, 4.75, 1.40 WHIP.  His game score of 82 in this game was his second-highest of the season, topped only by a shutout of the White Sox on July 7.  He did have eight complete games in 1970, his career high.

This game was a make-up of a rained out game on May 15.

Record:  The Twins were 41-23, in first place in the American League West, three games behind California.