Tovar Breaks Up Lolich's No-Hitter At Final Out

Filed under Detroit Tigers
June 12, 1968

Mickey Lolich was one out from the season’s first no-hitter when Cesar Tovar lined the first pitch between Ray Oyler and Don Wert for a clean single as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins, 5-0. It was the second no-hitter attempt by a Tiger pitcher against this Twins lineup this season. Last month, but for a disputed fifth inning call at first base, Joe Sparma flirted with a no-hitter in a 8-0 victory against Minnesota on May 2.

Willie Horton brought the crowd of 20,082 to its collective feet with a solo home run in the second inning. Horton repeated the feat, this time with a runner on, in the fourth as the Tigers climbed to a 3-0 lead. The pair of clouts tied Horton with the injured Al Kaline for the team lead with ten home runs. Bill Freehan and Mickey Stanley each singled in a run in the fifth and seventh inning respectively. But the drama unfolded with each half frame in which Lolich perched himself on the Tiger Stadium mound. Save a pair of fielding errors by Oyler and Dick McAuliffe, Lolich would have been pitching for perfection as he struck out seven Twins while walking none. In the ninth, Ted Uhlaender grounded to second and pinch-hitter Frank Kostro flew out to Horton in left. With the crowd on its feet, Tovar stepped in to face the lefty Lolich. The little Venezuelan lined Lolich’s first pitch past a diving Oyler for a base hit. Lolich finished off Jackie Hernandez with a strikeout to close out the one-hitter.

6/12/1968, MIN68-DET68, Tiger Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1968 Minnesota         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  1  0     2  1
1968 Detroit           0  1  0  2  1  0  1  0  x     5 10  2     4  1

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Tovar             2b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .255    0  1  0  0
Hernandez         ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .204    2  2  0  0
Oliva             rf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .295    5  1  0  0
Killebrew         1b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .179    7  1  0  0
Allison           lf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .232    2  0  0  0
Rollins           3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .292    1  2  0  0
Zimmerman         c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .037    4  1  0  0
Uhlaender         cf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    2  0  0  0
Kaat              p   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .067    1  1  0  0
 Kostro           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .150    0  0  0  0
                     29  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  7  0  0  0  0  0  0         24  9  0  0

Detroit              AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
McAuliffe         2b  4  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .236    1  6  1  0
Stanley           cf  3  1  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .195    5  0  0  0
Northrup          rf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .276    0  0  0  0
Freehan           1b  4  1  2  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .276   10  1  0  0
Horton            lf  3  2  2  3  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .269    2  0  0  0
Wert              3b  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .208    0  2  0  0
Price             c   3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .238    7  0  0  0
Oyler             ss  3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .154    1  3  1  0
Lolich            p   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .069    1  0  0  0
                     31  5 10  5  0  1  2  2  3  0  0  0  0  0  0         27 12  2  0

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Kaat             L 2-2           8.0 10  5  5  2  3 119  78   33  2  0  0  0  1  3.75
                                 8.0 10  5  5  2  3 119  78   33  2  0  0  0  1

Detroit                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Lolich           W 6-6           9.0  1  0  0  0  7 103  71   29  0  0  0  0  1  2.67
                                 9.0  1  0  0  0  7 103  71   29  0  0  0  0  1

MIN: Kostro batted for Kaat in the 9th

GWRBI: Horton
Temperature: 77, Sky: clear, Wind: in from center at 7 MPH.

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