By JOHN LIKANJE
Fred Beene was Frank Bertaina’s sidekick in the Red Wings rotation during the 1970 season. Bertaina compiled a 12-3 record and hurled 11 complete games in 22 starts. Beene sported a 9-3 mark and went the distance eight times in 13 trips to the bump.
Beene most likely would’ve matched Bertaina’s numbers if not for a broken leg suffered on Opening Day. But the right-hander still made the most of his opportunities like he did on this day against Winnipeg. The Texas native hurled a complete game five-hitter as the Red Wings dominated the Winnipeg Whips, 7-1, at Silver Stadium.
Beene’s lone mistake was a solo shot to Whips slugger, Dave McDonald, to lead off the second inning. Otherwise, the 5-foot-9 right-hander didn’t allow the five other baserunners he surrendered to advance past first. Beene helped himself with a pickoff of Boots Day in the sixth inning as well.
Beene faced 31 batters. He struck out eight and improved his record to 6-1 overall.
Beene pitched in five different seasons with the Wings starting in 1966. A 15-7 mark in 1969 proved to be his best. He eventually made 112 Major League appearances seeing time with Baltimore, Cleveland and the New York Yankees.
Top 2nd: Dave McDonald homers to right field. Whips 1, Red Wings 0
Bottom 2nd: Rich Coggins grounds into a 6-6-3 double play. Jack Tracy scores. Red Wings 1, Whips 1
Bottom 5th: Mike Ferraro singles up the middle. Don Baylor scores. Red Wings 2, Whips 1
Bottom 7th: Mike Ferraro hits a run-scoring double to right field. Red Wings 3, Whips 1
Bottom 8th: Enzo Hernandez hits a run-scoring single. Red Wings 4, Whips 1
Bottom 8th: Tom Johnson clears the bases with a three-run triple. Don Baylor, Roger Freed and Enzo Hernandez score. Red Wings 7, Whips 1
Also on this day: 1999 – Catcher Julio Vinas hit two home runs to lead the Red Wings to a 12-7 victory over the Bulls in Durham. Pitcher Calvin Maduro hurled seven innings of three-run ball for his 10th win of the season.