Tuesday, August 3, 2010

O’s head to ALCS by eliminating Pale Hose in 4

8/8-8/9 - Memorial Stadium
GAME 1 - Orioles 5, White Sox 2

Jim_Gentile_BAL The O's had Early Wynn on the ropes all game, but could not deliver the knockout punch to chase the veteran right hander.  Luckily for them baseball, like boxing, allows you to win on points.  The O's nibbled away at Wynn for 5 runs over 8 innings while Chuck Estrada baffled the Chisox for 5 innings before giving way to Jack Fisher, who allowed the Southsiders to tie it a 2 in the 6th.  Baltimore responded with 3 unanswered runs to take the opener.  Jim Gentile hit a solo shot to lead off the 6th to put the O's ahead for good.  Ron Hansen led the game off with a homer.  Marv Breeding executed a perfect suicide squeeze to put the O's up by 2 in the 6th then singled home Jackie Brandt for an insurance run in the 8th.

GAME 2 - White Sox 9, Orioles 2
Lefty Billy Pierce went the distance allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits to notch the win.Billy_Pierce_CHW   Milt Papas could not survive past the 5th inning as he allowed 7 runs on 10 hits.  Chicago scored 5 in the top of the first to make a statement.  The Chisox had 5 RBI singles in the opening inning where Pappas was treated as fodder.  Roy Sievers had a 3 for 5 day, which included a solo shot in the 8th and 2 RBI's.  The White Sox posted 14 hits as all of their starters including Pierce joined in on the fun.

8/11-8/12 - Comiskey Park
GAME 3 - Orioles 4, White Sox 2

Hoyt_Wilhelm_BALBrooks Robinson led off the top of the 2nd with a line drive homer to left off Frank Baumann.  After Gene Woodling grounded out weakly to Nellie Fox at second the O's pounded 3 consecutive singles to score a run (Marv Breeding).  Hal Brown executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score led foot Gus Triandos to make it 3-0.  Breeding singled home Ron Hansen in the 3rd and Baumann was headed for an early shower.  Chicago's pen got 6 scoreless innings out of Russ Kemmerer, Dick Donovan and Turk Lown to shut the O's out the rest of the way.  Hal Brown would give up solo runs in the 5th via a passed ball and the 6th, via a Minnie Minoso solo shot, but that would be all the offense the Chisox could post.  Hoyt Wilhelm would come on for the final 3 innings and allow just one scratch hit as he shut the door on Chicago.

GAME 4 - Orioles 9, White Sox 4
Marv_Breeding_BAL With their backs up against the wall the Pale Hose put the ball in HOF'er Early Wynn's  shoe.  Wynn, who had a glorious comeback year in 1959 has been about average this season.  The Chisox needed him to turn back the clock for just one more big game in order to get them to a decisive game 5.  To make Wynn's job easier Al Smith doubled home Roy Sievers and Minoso in the bottom of the 1st to make it 2-0 off of young Steve Barber.  Wynn looked like he had it figured out until backup catcher Joe Ginsberg led off the inning with a solid two bagger.  Barber attempted to bunt him over to 3rd, but wound up fanning instead for out number one.  Marv Breeding, who would go 3 for 5 on the day struck again with a single to put runners on the corners.  Jim Gentile followed that with an RBI single as did Brooks Robinson who did one better by knocking in 2.  The Chisox answered right back with 2 run in the bottom of the inning when Barber couldn't find the strike zone if he had a GPS.  Barber walked 5 of the 8 batters he faced in the inning to force in 2 runs and put Chicago up 4-3.  It would stay just like that untilBrooksie the top of the 5th when Baltimore ended Wynn's day and his team's hopes.  Wynn would leave the game in the 5th after allowing 5 runs and not recording an out.  Marv Breeding, who could easily be the series MVP doubled home Hansen.  Brooksie tripled home Breeding and Gentile and Gene Woodling double him home.  Barber, limped into the 6th inning before giving way to Wilhelm who once again was perfect for the final three to close out the series.  The O's will head to the Bronx to face the undefeated Bombers for the ALCS.

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