Sunday, February 6, 2011

1963 Tournament - Qualifier Round - BOS sweeps anemic Nats in 2

GAME 1 - Fenway Park - BOS 2, WAS 1
Claude Osteen vs Bill Monbouquette

If you love pitching, you'll love this series.  The arms had it going as it took until the top of the 4th for a run to be scored.  Chuck Hinton would lead off the inning with a flare to right.  After Jim King flew out Hinton stole second easily as Russ Nixon's throw tailed toward the second base side of the bag.  Jim King flew out to right for the second out, which left it up to Bobo Osborne to get a 2 out hit.  Osborne fought off a jam job by Mombo and sliced it into right to score Hinton for what would amount as the Nats only run of the series.  A solo homer by "Dr. Strangeglove", Dick Stuart would tie the game at 1-1 in the 6th.  A comedy of errors would seal Washington's fate in the 8th.  After Chuck Schilling led off the inning with a single, Yaz followed with a walk.  Stuart flew out to center for the first out of the inning thanks to some clutch pitching by crusty veteran reliever Ed Roebuck.  Lou Clinton would strike out looking for the second out, which firmly put the pressure on Frank Malzone to produce the go-ahead run.  Malzone didn't need to produce everything thanks to Roebuck gift wrapping a freebie.  A passed ball charged to catcher Ken Retzer could have easily been recorded as a wild pitch.  That put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Roebuck had Malzone in trouble with 1-2 count.  Instead of focusing all of his attention on the batter he looked toward Schilling at third, who had no intention of budging.  A slight flinch by Roebuck became a balk, which allowed the go ahead run to be scored.  Game over.  Mombo would put the Nats down in order in the 9th to end it.
Red Sox lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - D.C. Stadium - BOS 2, WAS 0
Bob Morehead vs Tom Cheney

Washington's anemic offense sputtered further into oblivion and found a way to make Dave Morehead look like Dave McNally.  The Nats would get just 3 hits on the day with their first one coming in the 5th.  By that time the Sahx had 2 runs, would felt like 20 with the way Morehead was dealing.  Hard to pin the blame on Cheney, who gave up only 2 runs, while fanning 8 in 8 innings of work.  Cheney would have had to have been perfect to match Morehead, who fanned 9 in 8 innings.  Boston scored in the top of the 1st with a RBI single by Frank Malzone.  A solo shot by Yaz would give Boston an insurance run that they would never need to count on.  Dick Radatz finished out the game by throwing aspirins iin the 9th.
Red Sox win series 2-0

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