Fenway Park Seating

June 30, 1968

As Red Sox fans’ collective mind drifted back to the Impossible Dream season, little did they realize that they were getting a peek at the not-too distant future.

A Saturday day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park unraveled into a Cleveland Indians sweep. Any sort of distraction would be acceptable.

In the day game, Luis Tiant struck out 13 Red Sox and allowed just six hits in an 8-1 win, lifting his record to 12-5. According to the Boston Globe, Tiant had a deal with general manager Gabe Paul: Throw a shutout and get a $200 suit. (Those of us who are devoid of sartoiral sense wouldn’t spend $200 for a suit in today’s dollars.) Tiant came within one out of his seventh suit of the year before walking Reggie Smith, who scored on Rico Petrocelli’s Wall double.

In the nightcap, Sonny Siebert won his eighth game of the season, a 12-1 triumph, without nearly as much flare. Smith’s RBI-single in the fourth  brought in Mike Andrews, who walked and took second on a wild pitch.

The Indians reached Red Sox starter Ray Culp for three runs on five hits and four walks before the bullpen took over with two outs in the fifth.

Boston’s big guns set the tone. Carl Yastrzemski was a combined 0-for-6, striking out three times. Ken Harrelson was 0-for-8, fanning four times.

The Red Sox ended the day in seventh place at 34-38, 13 games behind league-leading Detroit.

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