Random box score of the week: May 18, 1966

For this week’s box score, I truly picked the game randomly. I went to Baseball Reference’s box score page, looked away and clicked on a year. I just happened to hit 1966. Then when it took me to 1966’s page, I moved my mouse around, clicked and landed on May 18.

I don’t know what it is but every time I pick a box score — or at least in the few weeks that I’ve done this exercise — I end up clicking on a game that the Yankees have won. And if you were alive for 1966 or have just read about it, you know the Yankees were not very good that season so I feel like I lucked out with the outcome of this particular game.

The game on May 18 was against the Detroit Tigers and it was played in Tiger Stadium in front of a small crowd of 14,010 people. At this point in the season in 1966, the Yankees were 11-19 and the only team worse than they were was Boston who was 9-21. The Tigers were 17-11 and third in all of the AL behind only Cleveland and Baltimore.

Here are your starting lineups:

YANKEES

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA
Roy White LF 5 2 1 2 0 1 .276 .852 0.167 HR,SB
Bobby Richardson 2B 5 2 1 0 0 0 .289 .697 0.047 3B,SB
Tom Tresh 3B 3 1 2 1 2 1 .234 .649 0.029 HR
Joe Pepitone 1B 5 1 1 1 0 1 .214 .588 0.039
Roger Maris CF 1 0 1 1 0 0 .261 .729 0.086
Lou Clinton RF 5 0 1 1 0 0 .257 .741 0.008 GDP
Clete Boyer SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 .151 .447 -0.066
Elston Howard C 4 0 2 0 0 1 .171 .484 -0.019
Mel Stottlemyre P 2 1 0 0 1 2 .059 .217 -0.015 SH
Team Totals 37 7 11 7 3 7 .297 .855 0.287
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/1/2013.

TIGERS

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA
Dick McAuliffe SS 2 0 1 0 2 0 .280 .788 0.076
Jerry Lumpe 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .667 -0.073
Norm Cash 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .761 -0.087
Willie Horton LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .205 .673 -0.098
Jim Northrup RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 .278 .794 -0.007 2B
Don Demeter CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .190 .574 -0.011
Bill Freehan C 4 1 2 2 0 1 .259 .759 0.086 HR
Don Wert 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 .265 .738 -0.016
Mickey Lolich P 1 0 0 0 0 0 .071 .205 -0.045
Team Totals 31 2 5 2 3 3 .161 .526 -0.215
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/1/2013.

Mel Stottlemyre started, and finished the game for the Yankees. He pitched all nine innings, gave up two runs on five hits, walked three, struck out three and surrendered a home run to Bill Freehan.

Mickey Lolich started for the Tigers and earned the loss. He only lasted four innings, five runs (two earned) on six hits, walked one, struck out four and he also gave up a home run. Roy White a home run off Lolich and Tom Tresh hit one off of reliever Orlando Pena.

The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning, aided by two Tiger errors. the first batter of the game, White, reached base when third baseman Don Wert made an error which was followed up by another error, this time by Lolich which allowed bobby Richardson to get to first and White to advance to second.

Tom Tresh struck out for the first out of the inning. Joe Pepitone came up to bat and while at the plate White and Richardson executed a double steal putting two runners in scoring position. Pepitone hit a single that scored White while Richardson advanced to third. Roger Maris and Lou Clinton followed with singles of their own and the Yankees went up 3-0.

The Yankees struck again in the fourth inning when White launched his two-run home run off Lolich to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers struck back with a two-run home run of their own off the bat of Bill Freehan, cutting the score to 5-2. It’s the closest they’d get.

Tom Tresh hit a solo shot in the seventh to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead and in the eighth, pinch hitter Roger Repoz hit a sacrifice fly to score Richardson to put the Yankees up 7-2.

Stottlemyre closed out the game with a 1-2-3 inning to earn his third victory of the season and to even his record at 3-3.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.