Carl Yastrzemski stays hot and slugs two homers

ON THIS DATE (June 9, 1967) ... On "Cap Day" the kids who got them, kept waving them at Carl Yastrzemski, while the Washington Senators were being beaten, 8 to 7, in a thrill packed game at Fenway. Yaz kept going at a mad pace and contributed two outstanding catches and a pair of home runs before the 25,386 fans.

Yaz now has hit six home runs in his last 32 times at bat, has hit 14 out of the park, knocked in 39 runs, and has a slugging percentage of .630.

Joe Foy, who was angered when he saw that his name wasn't in the starting lineup, got into the game and responded with two home runs.

The whole night might have fallen flat had not John Wyatt come in from the bullpen and save the game in the last inning.

Washington had scored in the first inning when Frank Howard lined a home run into the net off Jim Lonborg. The Red Sox scored two in the third when Epstein contributed a bad throwing error on a force play at second.

Then things got really rough on Lonborg in the fourth when the Senators scored four runs. With the Sox up 2 to 1, Washington had men on first and third with nobody out. A ground ball was hit to Rico Petrocelli by Paul Casanova, and he threw home, getting Cap Peterson in a rundown. But a bad throw by Mike Ryan allowed Peterson to get back to the bag at third safely. A single, a sacrifice and another single produced the four runs.

Down 6 to 2, the Sox exploded in the bottom of the fifth. Foy came out of the dugout to bat for Lonborg and homered into the net off Barry Moore. Reggie Smith then hit a home run right on top of it. Mike Andrews hit a ground ball down the third-base and a poor throw to first by Ken McMullen put him on first. Yastrzemski followed with a long home run into the seats next to the Washington bullpen that tied up the score.

Yaz came up again, in the seventh inning, with the score tied, and couldn't connect on the first two mighty swings. But the third was perfect and the ball sailed into the bleachers seats over the Washington bullpen, to give the Red Sox a 7 to 6 lead. Foy then went deep into the nets in the eighth, to put the Sox up by two, 8 to 6.

Trouble was on the horizon in the eighth-inning, with Reggie Smith at bat. He was down two strikes and Washington pitcher, Bob Humphreys, decked him with a fastball. That brought Dick Williams to the top step of the dugout. In the next inning, with Jim King at bat, Josť Santiago plunked him on the first pitch. Bob Savarine and Fred Valentine singled, to bring in King with a run, cutting the lead two one. The tying run was on third and the winning run on first with nobody out. Williams brought in his ace, John Wyatt, to save the game. Wyatt responded by striking out Frank Howard and Peterson. The game ended when Mike Epstein flew out to Yaz in left.



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W-Jose Santiago (3-2)
S-John Wyatt (6)
L-Bob Humphreys (1-1)
Attendance - 25,386

 2B-Scott (2)(Bost), Brinkman (Wash)

 HR-Foy (2)(Bost), Smith (Bost),
 Yastrzemski (2)(Bost), Howard (Wash)