Sunday, March 6, 2016

I Am The (Lon)Borg: Saturday, September 9th, 1967


MIN 8, BAL 3 W-Boswell 14-7 L-McNally 8-10 HR-Carew(7)Reese(16)

BOS 2, NY 0 W-Lonborg 17-10 L-Stottlemyre 17-14 HR-Yaz(42)

DET 5, CHI 2 W-Wilson 18-9 L-Howard 10-11 S-Gladding(28) HR-Kaline(19)McAuliffe(22) Ward(25)

KC 7, CLE 1 W-Sanford 12-9 L-O'donoghue 11-13 

WAS 5, CAL 4 W-Baldwin 8-2 L-Cimino 6-8 HR-Reichardt(22) Howard walk-off double.

Jim Lonborg pitches at Fenway Park
With the Red Sox desperate to win in order to keep their flickering pennant hopes alive, big Jim Lonborg locked up in a pitching duel with Yanks' ace Mel Stottlemyre. For most of the game, Jim nursed a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Joe Foy rbi. Yaz homered late and Lonborg turned in a very gutty performance to lift his team to victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Fenway.

Rich Reese continues to destroy Baltimore pitching, belting another home run to give him four for the series. "It's got to be the batting gloves!" he crowed as his Twins rolled to another win.

In front of fewer than 3,000 fans at RFK Stadium, the Senators used two errors to fall behind the Angels early 3-0, but then put up four to take a lead they kept until the top of the ninth when Halos clean-up hitter Don Mincher touched relief ace Dave Baldwin ("They're gonna put me in the movies!") for an rbi hit to tie the game. The Angels threatened to take the lead, but Dave fanned five in two innings of work to keep it tied. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Tim "Tim Man" Cullen oiled himself up and poked a lead-off single. Fred "My Funny" Valentine sacrificed him to second, and then Halos skipper Bill Rigney ordered a free pass for Paul "The Latin Lover" Casanova as ladies cheered and fainted in the stands. That brought up huge slugger Frank Howard who, despite his 30 home runs, is struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line. Nonetheless, he lined a Pete Cimino pitch into right center and Tim Cullen, positively dripping oil, sped around the bases to score the winner. Dorothy and Toto cheered as the Nats celebrated a rare win which gave Baldwin his 8th victory, tops on the staff. "There's no place like home," quipped Cullen as he crossed the plate.
Gosh, you were wonderful!

1 comment:

Mama Zen said...

Senators . . . errors . . . is this a political blog?