Little Cesar's Clout Lifts Twins

Filed under Minnesota Twins
May 31, 1967

Minnesota’s Cesar Tovar stunned the Boston Red Sox with a two-run blast over the center field wall in the fifth inning to lead the Twins to a 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. The 12,355 fans in attendance were still celebrating Reggie Smith’s two-run double to center that gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Rich Rollins opened the Twins fifth with a double. But after Earl Battey struck out and Jim Perry popped out, a home run from little Cesar was the furthest thing on the mind of Boston starter Darrell Brandon (3-3). But Tovar connected on a 1-2 fastball that sent Smith backpedaling and then turning to watch the ball sail over the wall in center field. It was the 5’9″ Tovar’s third home run of the season which matches his total from last year.

Harmon Killebrew hit his major-league leading 17th home run in the fourth inning for the game’s first run. Jim Perry (2-1) was credited with the victory with relief help from veteran Al Worthington.

5/31/1967, MIN67-BOS67, Fenway Park

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1967 Minnesota         0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0     3  6  1     2  0
1967 Boston            0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0     2  4  0     4  2

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Tovar             cf  4  1  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .275    2  0  0  0
Carew             2b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .278    1  2  0  0
Versalles         ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .215    0  4  0  0
Killebrew         1b  4  1  3  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .355    9  0  1  0
Reese             lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .267    3  0  0  0
Allison           rf  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .243    2  0  0  0
Rollins           3b  3  1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .265    0  4  0  0
Battey            c   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .130    8  0  0  0
 Nixon            c   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .226    2  0  0  0
Perry             p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  .250    0  0  0  0
 Valdespino       ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .083    0  0  0  0
 Worthington      p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     30  3  6  3  1  0  2  1  4  0  0  0  0  1  0         27 10  1  0

Boston               AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Tartabull         rf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .157    5  0  0  0
Andrews           2b  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .315    3  2  0  0
Yastrzemski       lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    3  0  0  0
Scott             1b  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .308    8  1  0  0
Smith             cf  4  0  1  2  1  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  .244    3  0  0  0
Petrocelli        ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .237    1  5  0  0
Foy               3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .270    0  1  0  0
Ryan              c   3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .280    4  0  0  0
Brandon           p   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .227    0  1  0  0
 Jones            ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .258    0  0  0  0
 Wyatt            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     32  2  4  2  1  0  0  1 10  1  0  0  0  0  0         27 10  0  0

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Perry            W 2-1           7.0  3  2  2  0  8 100  65   25  0  0  0  0  0  3.00
Worthington      S 4             2.0  1  0  0  1  2  31  17    8  0  0  0  0  0  0.72
                                 9.0  4  2  2  1 10 131  82   33  0  0  0  0  0

Boston                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Brandon          L 3-3           8.0  6  3  3  1  4 101  65   29  2  0  0  0  2  4.43
Wyatt                            1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   7    3  0  0  0  0  0  3.46
                                 9.0  6  3  3  1  4 110  72   32  2  0  0  0  2

MIN: Valdespino batted for Perry in the 8th
     Nixon inserted at c in the 8th
BOS: Jones batted for Brandon in the 8th

GWRBI: Tovar
Temperature: 65, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 20 MPH.

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