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1967 AL Pennant Race - July 18th. Can the Red Sox make it 5 in a row?

Posted by Ken Revis at 12:22 PM on June 20, 2011

This is part of a series on the 1967 American League Pennant Race.

July 18, 1967. The #1 song of the day, according to Billboard, continues to be "Windy" by The Association. Race riots finally ended in Newark. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was playing at your local theater, and the 1967 American League pennant race is ongoing. The Red Sox, now in sole possession of third place, are going for 5 wins in a row with Jim Lonborg on the mound, looking for his 13th win. The Tigers attempting to stop their losing streak at 5, face the Senators. The first place White Sox go against the 5th place Angels.

On the morning of July 18th, 4 1/2 games separate the top five teams.

AL Standings
Team W L W-L% GB
White Sox 50 37 .575 --
Twins 49 38 .563 1.0
Red Sox 46 40 .535 3.5
Tigers 45 41 .523 4.5
Angels 48 44 .522 4.5
Orioles 42 46 .477 8.5
Senators 42 47 .472 9.0
Indians 42 47 .472 9.0
Yankees 39 48 .448 11.0
Athletics 37 52 .416 14.0

The following summarizes games affecting the top 5 teams:

Red Sox 6 Orioles 2

The Red Sox win their 5th game in a row. Lonborg, pitching a complete game, wins his 13th of the year, against only 3 losses, while Dave McNally loses his 6th. He's now 6 and 6 on the year. George Scott ("Boomer"), Joe Foy, and Mike Ryan all go 2 for 4. Ryan drives in 2 runs, his 17th and 18th of the year. Foy and Scott each drive in a run, their 31st and 43rd respectively. In addition, Lonborg helps his own cause by driving in a run with a base hit. Carl Yastrzemski goes 0 for 4. Curt Motton hits a 2 run pinch-hit home run off of Lonborg, getting 1 of the 5 hits for the Orioles. Brooks Robinson and Luis Aparicio both double for Baltimore. See Game

Tigers 5 Senators 2

The Tigers end their losing streak at 5. Earl Wilson, in a complete game, picks up his 11th win of the year, against 8 losses, while Camilo Pascual loses his 7th. He's now 8 and 7 on the year. Wilson is the batting star of the game, helping his cause by going 2 for 4 and knocking in 2 runs. The Tigers also get 2 triples in the game, one by Mickey Stanley (his 3rd) and the other by Norm Cash (his 4th). Dick McAuliffe (his 11th) and Jim Northrup (his 13th) both double for Detroit. The Senators were scoreless through 8 and scored 2 in the 9th. Hank Allen goes 2 for 4, including a triple, his 3rd of the year. Washington used 4 pitchers in the game. See Game

Athletics 5 Twins 2

The 2nd place Twins lose to the last place A's. Jim Nash gets his 10th win of the year, against 9 losses. Jim Kaat gives up 3 runs in the first inning, but still lasts 8 innings and suffers his 10th loss vs. 8 wins. Jack Aker gets the save, his 10th. Ken Harrelson ("The Hawk") and Danny Cater each go 2 for 4 in the game. Harrelson has 2 doubles (his 2nd and 3rd of the year) and drives in 3 runs. Cater (his 13th) and Bert Campaneris (his 20th) also double in the game. Harmon Killebrew homers for the Twins, his 27th of the year, with 1 on. Killebrew now has 68 RBI's for the year. The Twins commit 2 errors in the game. See Game

Angels 6 White Sox 3

In the only matchup of the day between top 5 teams, The 1st place White Sox lose to the Angels. Rickey Clark wins his 8th of the year. He's now 8 and 6. Gary Peters loses his 5th against 11 wins. Bill Kelso gets his 4th save of the year. Bobby Knoop is 1 for 3 and knocks in 2 runs, his 20th and 21st. Buck Rodgers is 2 for 4 and knocks in a run, his 29th. Bill Skowron ("Moose") - did you know he played for the Angels? - is 1 for 3, with an RBI (his 5th of the year). Walt Williams is 2 for 5, including a home run (his 2nd of the year), for the White Sox. The White Sox left 9 men on base. See Game

Next: July 19th. The Red Sox go for 6 in a row.

Categories: 1967 AL Pennant Race
Teams: Angels, Athletics, Indians, Orioles, Red Sox, Senators, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees
Players: Jack Aker, Hank Allen, Luis Aparicio, Bert Campaneris, Norm Cash, Danny Cater, Rickey Clark, Joe Foy, Ken Harrelson, Jim Kaat, Bill Kelso, Harmon Killebrew, Bobby Knoop, Jim Lonborg, Dick McAuliffe, Dave McNally, Curt Motton, Jim Nash, Camilo Pascual, Gary Peters, Brooks Robinson, Buck Rodgers, Mike Ryan, Mike Ryan, Mike Ryan, George Scott, George Scott, Scott, Bill Skowron, Walt Williams, Earl Wilson, Carl Yastrzemski
Games: CAL196707180, DET196707180, KC1196707180

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