July 5, 1966

Cleveland Stadium
Twins 4, Indians 3

Top WPA
Pete Cimino 0.41
Ted Uhlaender 0.20
Rocky Colavito 0.16 (CLE)

Bottom WPA
Tom Kelley -0.25 (CLE)
Pedro Gonzalez -0.24 (CLE)Max Alvis -0.15 (CLE)
Rich Rollins -0.15

Top Play
In the top of the seventh inning, the Twins were down by a score of 3-2 and had two men on and one out when Ted Uhlaender stepped to the plate against Cleveland starter Tom Kelley. Jimmie Hall and Zoilo Versailles had reached with back-to-back singles prior to Uhlaender’s plate appearance. Uhlaender ripped a double to left field, plating Hall to tie the score and pushing Zorro to third base.

After the magical 1965 season, the Twins had gotten off to a slow start in 1966, coming out of a July 4 win over the Tribe with only a 36-43 record. Still, the middle of the ’66 season found Calvin Griffith talking up his team in The Sporting News. Calvin was beaming over the middle fielders – Zoilo Versalles and Cesar Tovar at SS and 2B respectively, and Ted Uhlaender in center field. Because of the middle defense, Griffith said, the ’66 version of the Twins was the best defensive squad the Twins had fielded since they moved to Minnesota in 1961.

Two of those three were on display in the Twins’ win over the Indians on July 5. Versailles went 2-for-4 and Uhlaender provided the game’s biggest hit. Tony Oliva also hit a solo home run in the 4th inning, his 16th of the season.

The top player according to WPA, however, was Pete Cimino. Cimino, a 23-year-old who had one major league appearance prior to 1966, came on in the bottom of the 7th inning after the Twins had taken the lead. He pitched an old-fashioned three inning save. After two of the first three batter he faced singled, Cimino pitched out of trouble, ultimately retiring eight in a row to finish the game for the Twins.

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