Valdespino, Versalles Rally Twins to First Place Tie

Filed under Minnesota Twins
May 14, 1967

The Minnesota Twins rallied from a six-run deficit to defeat the Kansas City Athletics 7-6 in ten innings before 11,549 at Metropolitan Stadium. Sandy Valespino hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Chuck Dobson with one out in the ninth inning. The homer sent Dobson to the showers, and fireman Jack Aker shut down the Twins on a pair of groundouts to shortstop.

Jim Merritt (2-1) sent the A’s down in order, the Twins picked up their rally in the bottom of the tenth off Aker (1-2). Tony Oliva reached on an infield single, and advanced to third on Harmon Killebrew’s single to right field. Rich Reese was passed intentionally to load the bases and set up a force play. The Kaycee inched in on the grass to cut down the run at the plate But, Zoilo Versalles foiled the strategy by slicing a grounder past a diving Dick Green to plate Oliva with the winning run.

The victory placed the Twins in a first-place tie with the Orioles who lost at Yankee Stadium on a game-winning hit by Mickey Mantle. The loss ruined a fine afternoon by A’s rookie Rick Monday who hit his first career home run, a grand slam off Twins starter Jim Ollom in the fourth inning.

5/14/1967, KCA67-MIN67, Metropolitan Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
1967 Kansas City       0  0  2  4  0  0  0  0  0  0     6  8  3     5  2
1967 Minnesota         0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  4  1     7 11  1     8  0

Kansas City          AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Campaneris        ss  5  2  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .263    3  6  1  0
Monday            cf  5  1  2  4  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .363    3  0  0  0
Hershberger       rf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .195    0  0  0  0
 Lewis            pr  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Repoz            rf  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .291    0  0  0  0
Cater             1b  4  0  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .272   14  1  1  0
Green             2b  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .233    2  5  0  0
Nossek            lf  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .114    0  0  0  0
 Gosger           ph  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .207    2  0  0  0
Bando             3b  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .357    1  4  1  0
Roof              c   3  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .238    2  0  0  0
Dobson            p   4  2  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .167    0  0  0  0
 Aker             p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     38  6  8  6  1  0  1  2  4  1  1  0  1  0  0         27 16  3  0

Minnesota            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Tovar             cf  5  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .274    2  0  0  0
Carew             2b  4  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .309    4  0  1  0
Oliva             rf  5  2  3  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .302    2  0  0  0
Killebrew         1b  5  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .340   10  0  0  0
Reese             lf  4  1  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .292    5  1  0  0
Versalles         ss  5  1  2  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .229    1  9  0  0
Battey            c   3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .139    4  1  0  0
Clark             3b  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .106    1  1  0  0
 Uhlaender        ph  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .240    0  0  0  0
 Merritt          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
Ollom             p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Boswell          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .364    0  0  0  0
 Nixon            ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .233    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
 Allison          ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .256    0  0  0  0
 Kline            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Valdespino       ph  1  1  1  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    0  0  0  0
                     38  7 11  7  3  0  1  3  2  0  0  1  0  0  1         30 12  1  0

Kansas City                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Dobson                           8.1  8  6  1  2  2 136  87   36  1  0  0  0  2  3.60
Aker             L 1-2           0.2  3  1  1  1  0  22   9    6  0  1  0  0  0  6.75
                                 9.0 11  7  2  3  2 158  96   42  1  1  0  0  2

Minnesota                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Ollom                            4.0  6  6  6  1  1  69  47   21  1  0  1  0  0  6.75
Boswell                          1.0  0  0  0  0  0   9   6    3  0  0  0  0  0  2.81
Worthington                      2.0  2  0  0  1  0  30  17    8  0  0  0  0  0  0.48
Kline                            2.0  0  0  0  0  2  21  18    6  0  0  0  0  0  4.15
Merritt          W 2-1           1.0  0  0  0  0  1  14  11    3  0  0  0  0  0  7.04
                                10.0  8  6  6  2  4 143  99   41  1  0  1  0  0

KCA: Gosger batted for Nossek in the 5th
     Gosger moved to lf in the 5th
     Lewis ran for Hershberger in the 7th
     Repoz inserted at rf in the 7th
MIN: Nixon batted for Boswell in the 5th
     Allison batted for Worthington in the 7th
     Uhlaender batted for Clark in the 9th
     Valdespino batted for Kline in the 9th
     Killebrew moved to 3b in the 10th
     Reese moved to 1b in the 10th
     Valdespino moved to lf in the 10th

GWRBI: Versalles
Temperature: 61, Sky: threatening, Wind: in from left at 10 MPH.

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