This Day in Red Wings History: Beene whips past Winnipeg

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.

Scoring Summary

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

Winnipeg batting

Batter  p  ab  r  h  bi 
Hermoso  3B  4  0  0  0 
Day  CF  3  0  0  0 
Williams  SS  4  0  1  0 
McDonald  1B  3  1  1  1 
Smith  RF  3  0  1  0 
Murphy  2B  3  0  0  0 
Haney  C  3  0  0  0 
Krull  LF  3  0  1  0 
McAnally  P  2  0  0  0 
Wallin  PH  1  0  1  0 

Rochester batting

Batter  p  ab  r  h  bi 
Coggins  CF  3  0  0  0 
Hernandez  SS  5  1  1  1 
Baylor  LF  3  2  1  0 
Freed  RF  4  2  2  0 
Johnson  1B  4  0  1  3 
Ferraro  3B  5  0  2  1 
Tracy  2B  3  1  0  0 
Schaffer  C  2  1  2  0 
Beene  P  2  0  1  0 

Winnipeg pitching

Pitcher  IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO 
McAnally  7 2/3  9  7  6  8  3 
Dillman  1/3  1  0  0  0  0 

Rochester pitching

Pitcher  IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO 
Beene  9  5  1  1  1  8 

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.

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