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1970 Rewind: Game One Hundred Fifty-nine


Date:  Monday, September 28.

Batting stars:  Harmon Killebrew was 1-for-3 with a double.  Brant Alyea was 1-for-3 with a double.

Pitching stars:  Tom Hall pitched eight shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk and striking out seven.  Ron Perranoski pitched a scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Bobby Floyd was 2-for-4 with a double.  Dick Drago pitched seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk and striking out two.

The game:  Again we had a game of missed opportunities.  Amos Otis led off with a single and stole second with none out.  Floyd doubled in the second with one out.  Killebrew led off the second with a double.  The Royals got a pair of two-out single in the third.  Yet, the score remained 0-0 until the fifth.

Alyea led off the fifth with a double.  George Mitterwald then bunted him to third and Danny Thompson bunted him home, giving the Twins a 1-0 lead.

And it held up, because after that the opportunities went away.  Neither team got a man past first base after the fifth inning.  The Twins won it 1-0.

WP:  Hall (11-6).

LP:  Drago (9-15).

S:  Perranoski (33).

Notes:  Jim Holt was in center field, with Cesar Tovar moving to third, Killebrew to first, and Rich Reese out of the lineup.  Thompson remained at second in place of Rod Carew.

Jim Nettles went to left field in the eighth in place of Alyea.  Charlie Manuel pinch-hit for Hall in the eighth.

Tony Oliva was 0-for-3 and was batting .321.  Hall had an ERA of 2.55.  Perranoski had an ERA of 2.28.

Manuel was 0-for-1 and was batting .186.

This was a Monday afternoon game.  It was a makeup game, making up a snowed out game on April 14.  While I can't know how much it affected play, and while I'm all for playing all 162 games, I can't think that anyone was too thrilled about having to play a meaningless Monday afternoon makeup game.  The game took one hour and fifty-one minutes, so I suspect a lot of the players wanted to get it over with.  The attendance was 1,100, so apparently there weren't a whole lot of fans who were too excited about this one, either.

One guy who apparently was excited about it was Bobby Floyd.  After going 4-for-4 with two doubles the day before, he went 2-for-4 with a double in this game, making him (obviously) 6-for-8 with three doubles over two games.  He only had fourteen hits and four doubles for the season (45 at-bats).  He had about half his season in these two games.

Record:  The Twins were 96-63, in first place in the American League West, nine games ahead of Oakland.

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.