THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
The Twins crush the Red Sox behind Dean Chance
28, 1967 ... Rain delayed the start of the
Minnesota Twins and Red Sox game at Fenway Park for two hours. The
Minnesota Twins took care of Jim Lonborg once play started, knocking
out the Red Sox ace with a seven run fourth inning rally, and
coasting to a 9 to 2 victory behind the eight hit pitching of Dean
The Twins came to Fenway Park in the midst of a losing
streak in which they had scored only 10 runs in their last 72 innings and lost
eight of their last nine. Harmon Killebrew gave them an early lead with his
booming home run, his 30th of the season, over everything in left field, in the
first inning. That was only the start.
Minnesota sent twelve batters to the plate in the fourth inning and eight of
them hit safely. Killebrew and Bob Allison started the inning with consecutive
singles. They both scored when Cesar Tovar hit a ball that skipped past Carl
Yastrzemski and rolled all the way to the ball in left. Tovar ended up on third
with a triple. Now up 2 to 1, Rich Rollins slapped a single up the middle to
score Tovar. A walk to Gerry Zimmerman and a bunt single by Chance loaded the
bases. That finished Lonborg.
José Santiago came in and was greeted by Zoilo Versalles with a single to
left that scored Rollins and Zimmerman. Tony Oliva singled through the right
side to bring in Chance, and the final run scored on Killebrew's infield out,
making it 8 to 1.
The Twins scored their final run in the seventh inning against Dan Osinski,
on a single by Zimmerman and a double by Ted Uhlaender.
The Red Sox nicked Chance for a run in the first, on singles by Mike Andrews,
Yastrzemski and George Scott. They scored another run in the seventh on a single
by Reggie Smith and a double into the left-field corner by Osinski.
The Twins were without Rod Carew, the American League All-Star secondbaseman,
who returned to Minneapolis for reserve duty in the Marines. Jim Lonborg will
depart for two weeks of reserve duty tomorrow in Atlanta.