Wednesday, March 2, 2011

GAME 2 - Wood Knuckles under pressure to put Bosox on the brink of elimination

August 2, 1963 - Comiskey Park
White Sox 2, Red Sox 1 (11 inn)
Earl Wilson vs Juan Pizarro

It was a scoreless tie heading into the 8th until Red Sox catcher Bob Tillman shocked the world by attempting to drag bunt his way on. White Sox catcher J.C. Martin was caught completely by surprise and was late picking up the dribbler that went up the first base line. In his haste Martin decided against eating the ball and wound up air mailing his throw into right field, which allowed Tillman to stroll into second base. Wilson, who is a good hitting pitcher, singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out. The infield was drawn in and Pizarro got Chuck Schilling to ground out to Nellie Fox at second. Tillman held at third, but would score on Ed Bressoud's sac fly to make it 1-0 Red Sox. Boston's lead was short lived. Mike Hershberger would lead off the bottom of the inning with a clean single to center. After Nellie Fox grounded back to the box, Hershey swiped third off of the big slow delivering Dick Radatz. Cunningham grounded to short, but Hershey was stuck at third because Bressoud was playing about 3 or 4 steps further in than normal. So, with 2 outs it now rested firmly on the shoulders of Gene Stephens, who replaced Floyd Robinson (injured in the 5th). Stephens, who is barely more than a fringe player and probably not used to such pressure fought off 3 Radatz' heaters before he finally served one into right center to tie the game. Neither team scored in the 9th, nor the 10th. Pizarro would leave the game after giving up just 1 unearned run in 10 stellar innings of work. Jim Brosnan would reliever for the Chisox and pitch a perfect top of the 11th, which included fanning Yaz for the final out. Wilbur Wood would come on in relief of Radatz for the Bosox. Wood's knuckler was all over the place. Pete Ward the lead off hitter was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Dave Nicholson, who had struck out twice already today worked out a walk on 4 pitches. Cam Carreon was sent up to bunt in place of Ron Hansen, and executed a perfect sacrifice to put the runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. J.C. Martin would hit a dribbler up the first base line and beat it out for a single. Ward got a late break and had to stay at third, so the bases were now loaded for Jim Landis, who was called in to pinch hit for Brosnan. Landis never moved the bat off his shoulders as Wood walked him on 4 straight pitches to force home the winning run.
White Sox lead series 2-0

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