Peters' Slam Propels Sox in Rout, 14-2

Filed under Chicago White Sox
May 31, 1968

White Sox starting pitcher Gary Peters, who manager Eddie Stanky batted sixth in Peters’ last start at Yankee Stadium, dropped back into the familiar ninth position in the lineup and belted a grand slam off Twins starter Jim Merritt to highlight a six run Chisox outburst in the fifth inning. The grand slam was one of four Chicago circuit clouts as Peters four-hit Minnesota in 14-2 rout. Tommy McCraw, Buddy Bradford, and Bill Voss also homered in a barrage of runs that equated typically the total of runs these White Sox may score in a week’s time.

Cleveland’s Luis Tiant evened his record to 4-4 with a one-hitter against the Washington Senators, 3-1. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Tribe who closed within two games from first-place Detroit. The Tigers were dropped 6-2 by the Yankees in front of their home crowd. Mel Stottlemyre (5-4) scattered eight hits as Mickey Mantle led a twelve hit attack with three hits, including a home run. Roy White and Tom Tresh also homered for the Bombers.

Mets hero Ron Swoboda turned back a Cardinals rally with two run blast in eighth inning. St. Louis had tied the game in the top of the frame with four runs, aided by a fielding error by Mets second baseman Phil Linz. In Cincinnati, Gary Nolan returned to Reds rotation and provided a much needed lift with a two hit shutout at Connie Mack Stadium. Nolan struck out twelve Phillies. Tony Perez homered in the seventh to break scoreless tie.

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