Thursday, April 23, 2015
Twinks Take 3 from ChiSox; Lead AL with 50 Ws
June 26, 1970 at Chicago – George Mitterwald banged out 4 hits and 4 RBI to pace a wild 17-9 Twins win. Leo Cardenas also added 4 hits to the 26-hit attack. Tony Oliva (19) also drove in 4, including a massive 436-foot 3-run bomb. Jim Kaat (11-2) was the WP. Bob Miller (1-1) was the LP. Syd O’Brien had 4 hits in the losing effort for the Sox.
June 27, 1970 at Chicago – Cesar Tovar wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to lead off the game. Two batters later, Harmon Killebrew (20) gave the Twins all the runs they would need with a 2-run blast. Bert Blyleven (6-0) K’d 10 through 7 IP. Ron Perranoski (16) fanned two more as Minnesota won 2-1. O’Brien (5) provided the only run for the ChiSox with a solo shot in the 6th.
June 28, 1970 (Game #1) at Chicago – PH Rick Renick (6) hit the first knuckler he saw from Wilbur Wood over the LF wall to lift Minnesota to a 8-6 win in first game of a twin bill. Killebrew (21) also had a 3-run blast in the 5th. Oliva led all hitters going 5-5. Stan Williams (5-0) kept his slate spotless with a win in relief. Perranoski (17) added to his league-leading saves total. It was win #50 for Minnesota, which continues to pace the entire American League.
June 28, 1970 (Game #2) at Chicago – Ken Berry (4 hits) singled in PR Tommy McGraw in the B9 to salvage a 9-8 win for the Pale Hose. Wood (9-4) got the win in relief. Perranoski took the L. Apparently; a 20-25 mph wind blowing in from LCF had little effect as 6 balls went flying out of the yard: Brant Alyea (10) and Rich Reese (4) for the Twinkies; Luis Aparicio (2), Carlos May (10), Bill Melton (13) and Ed Herrmann (18) for the ChiSox.