WASHINGTON 3, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Wednesday, June 17.
Batting star: Leo Cardenas was 2-for-4 with a double.
Pitching stars: Jim Kaat struck out eight in eight innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. Bill Zepp pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
Opposition stars: George Brunet struck out ten in eight innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks. Tim Cullen was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
The game: Ed Stroud led off the game with a double, went to third on a fly ball, and scored on an error to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. The Twins tied it in the second when Rick Renick singled, went to third on a Cardenas double, and scored on a ground out.
There was only one base runner in innings three through five, and that was on an error. In the sixth, Washington went back into the lead. Frank Howard walked, went to third on Rick Reichardt's single and scored on a ground out to make it 2-1. They got an insurance run in the seventh. Paul Casanova and Cullen singled and Brunet reached on an error to load the bases with none out. All they got out of it was a sacrifice fly, but it made the score 3-1.
The Twins threatened in the eighth. With one out Cesar Tovar doubled and Rod Carew followed with a bunt single, putting men on first and third with Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva coming up. It looked good, but they both struck out and the inning ended. All the Twins could get in the ninth was a two-out single by Cardenas.
WP: Brunet (4-5).
LP: Kaat (5-5).
S: Darold Knowles (13).
Notes: Renick was again at third base, with Killebrew moving to first. Jim Holt pinch-ran for Brant Alyea in the seventh inning and remained in the game in left field. Bob Allison pinch-hit for Kaat in the eighth.
Carew was 1-for-4 and was batting .364. Oliva was 0-for-4 and was batting .329. Killebrew was 0-for-2 and was batting .316. Zepp had an ERA of 2.89.
In his last eleven games, Cardenas was 18-for-43 (.419). He had raised his average from .260 to .292.
Brunet was near the end of a long career, and was not having a particularly good season. His ERA after this game was 5.17. This was his second-best start (by game scores) of the season, bested only by a game in mid-July. He would be traded to Pittsburgh at the August deadline and pitched very well for them out of the bullpen in September.
After all the Senators players with Twins connections in yesterday's game, there were none in today's game.
The Twins would next go on an eleven-game road trip, going to Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Chicago. Those teams were in fifth, sixth, and fourth place in the AL West, respectively.
Record: The Twins were 38-19, in first place in the American League West, five games ahead of California.