Our Blog: 1967 AL Pennant Race
1967 AL Pennant Race. August 18th. Tony C. beaned as Red Sox top Angels. Reese's 2-run HR in 9th earns split for Twins with Yanks. Horlen wins 14th as White Sox split with Orioles. Lolich pitches 1-hitter in 5-inning game, as Tigers beat Indians.
Posted by Ken Revis at 4:33 PM on August 9, 2011
Friday, August 18, 1967. 4.5 games separate the top 5 teams as of
Red Sox 3, Angels 2
Before a hometown crowd of 31,027 fans, the Red Sox lose Tony Conigliaro for the rest of the season as he gets beaned in the bottom of the 4th inning by a Jack Hamilton pitch. He leaves the game on a stretcher. In one of the all-time great baseball tragedies, Conigliaro, in addition to being a hometown hero, will be missed as a valuable contributor to the Red Sox pennant drive (he is hitting .287 with 20 HR's and 67 RBI's at the time of the beaning). Although he returns 1 1/2 years later, and makes an impressive comeback, Conigliaro will never be the same. He is forced to retire in 1975 because of deteriorating eyesight. The Red Sox still win this game, however. despite Conigliaro's loss. Gary Bell goes the distance for Boston, winning his 8th game of the year against 10 losses. In 9 innings pitched, he gives up 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking 1. Hamilton is the starter for California, and suffers his 3rd loss of the year against 8 wins. He lasts 5 innings, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits. Bill Kelso comes on in the 6th in relief of Hamilton and gives up 1 run on 1 hit in 2/3 of an inning. Jim Coates (1 1/3 innings, 1 hit) and Pete Cimino (1 inning, 0 hits) pitch a combined 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Rico Petrocelli triples for the Red Sox, while Bell doubles, both knocking in a run. Jim Hall hits 2 solo home runs for the Angels to account for the 2 California runs. The Red Sox have 6 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7 on base. The Angels have 4 hits, 1 error, and leave 2. See Game
Yankees 1, Twins 0. Twins 4, Yankees 3.
The 1st-place Twins split a pair with the Yankees before a crowd of 22,991 in New York. In the opener, both New York's Steve Barber and Minnesota's Jim Kaat pitch complete games. Barber is just a bit better as he picks up his 9th win of the year against 13 losses. He gives up 0 runs on 6 hits in 9 innings, striking out 4 and walking 5. Kaat gets the loss, bringing his record to 9 and 12. He goes 8 innings, giving up 1 run, in the 1st inning, on 8 hits, striking out 6 and walking 2. The Yankees get their run on an RBI single by Joe Pepitone. The Yankees have 8 hits, 0 errors, and leave 8 on base. The Twins have 6 hits, 0 errors, and leave 10. See Game
In the nightcap, down by a run, the Twins gain a split of the doubleheader by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning on a pinch-hit 2-run homer by Rich Reese. Jim Merritt gets the start for the Twins and lasts 7 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 7 hits. Ron Kline and Al Worthington pitch a combined hitless and scoreless 1 2/3 innings in relief for Minnesota. Kline gets the win, his 5th of the year against 0 losses. Worthington earns his 15th save. New York's Fred Talbot goes 8 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. He suffers his 5th loss of the year, bringing his record to 5 and 5. Dooley Womack pitches a hitless and scoreless 9th inning in relief of Talbot. Reese's home run is the only one in the game, and is his 3rd of the year. The Twins have 7 runs, 2 hits, and leave 8 on base. The Yankees have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6. See Game
White Sox 3, Orioles 1. Orioles 8, White Sox 2.
Before 23,754 fans in Chicago, the 1st-place White Sox and Orioles split a doubleheader. In the opener, Chicago's Joe Horlen wins his 14th game of the year (against 3 losses), pitching 6 innings and giving up 1 run on 7 hits. Hoyt Wilhelm earns his 11th save of the year, pitching 3 hitless and scoreless innings in relief of Horlen. Pete Richert starts for Baltimore and goes 5 1/3 scoreless innings, while giving up 3 hits. Moe Drabowsky, in relief of Richert, faces 4 batters in the 6th and cannot get an out. He's charged with 3 runs on 2 hits, including a Pete Ward 2-run home run. Stu Miller finishes for the Birds, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Ward's home run is his 13th of the year. Baltimore does not get an extra-base hit in the game, although Paul Blair is 3 for 3. The White Sox have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7 on base. The Orioles have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6. See Game
In the nightcap, the Orioles score 5 runs in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th to earn a split of their doubleheader. Jim Hardin goes all the way to earn the win and bring his record to 2 and 1 on the year. He gives up 2 runs on 5 hits. Bruce Howard gets charged with the loss for Chicago, bringing his record to 3 and 10. He lasts 3 innings, giving up 5 runs, 3 earned, on 5 hits. John Buzhardt comes on in relief and goes 4 innings, giving up 3 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits. Steve Jones finishes up for the White Sox, pitching 2 hitless and scoreless innings. Baltimore's Curt Blefary (3 for 5) hits his 18th home run of the year with 2 aboard. The Orioles have 11 hits, 1 error, and leave 8 on base. The White Sox have 5 hits, 2 errors, and leave 6.See Game
Tigers 4, Indians 0.
In a rain-shortened game in Detroit, before 19,461 fans, the Tigers, behind the 1- hit pitching of Mickey Lolich, defeat the Indians 4-0. Lolich's record moves to 7 and 12. Sam McDowell lasts only 1 2/3 innings in his start for the Indians, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. He suffers his 10th loss, against 10 wins, on the year. Orlando Pena pitches 2 2/3 hitless and scoreless innings in relief of McDowell. There are no extra base hits in the game, as the Tigers score all their runs in the 4th inning on 4 singles and 2 walks. Detroit has 4 hits, 1 error, and leaves 2 on base. Cleveland has 1 hit, 1 error, and also leaves 2. See Game
Next: August 19th. Red Sox/Angels, Tigers/Indians, Twins/Yankees.
Categories: 1967 AL Pennant Race
Teams: Angels, Indians, Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees
Players: Steve Barber, Steve Barber, Gary Bell, Paul Blair, Curt Blefary, John Buzhardt, Pete Cimino, Jim Coates, Tony Conigliaro, Moe Drabowsky, Jim Hall, Jack Hamilton, Jim Hardin, Joe Horlen, Bruce Howard, Steve Jones, Jones, Jones, Jim Kaat, Bill Kelso, Ron Kline, Mickey Lolich, Sam McDowell, Jim Merritt, Stu Miller, Orlando Pena, Joe Pepitone, Rico Petrocelli, Rich Reese, Pete Richert, Fred Talbot, Pete Ward, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dooley Womack, Al Worthington
Games: BOS196708180, CHA196708181, CHA196708182, DET196708180, NYA196708181, NYA196708182