Sunday, March 13, 2011

O’s upset Bombers in 5

8/8/63 - 8/9/63 - Yankee Stadium
GAME 1 - Orioles 3, Yankees 1
Steve Barber vs White Ford
Dick_Hall Al Smith's 1st inning homer was all the offense either team could muster until the O's "exploded" [sic] for 2 runs in the top of the 8th off of reliever Bill Kunkel.  Back to back doubles by Smith and Johnson accounted for the first run and a RBI single by Russ Snyder produced the second run.  The Bombers would make it interesting by posting back to back singles by Mantle and Tresh in the bottom of the inning, but Dick Hall was able to get the acclaimed "lead foot" Ellie Howard to ground into a rally killing DP.  Joe Pepitone's double would easily score Mantle, but thanks to Howard's DP the O's avoided the "big inning".  Stu Miller would post a scoreless 9th to close it out
Orioles lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Orioles 3, Yankees 1
Dave McNally vs Ralph TerryJackie_Brandt
Same score, same result.  The O's now have their foot on the throat of the Bombers.  The  game was scoreless until the 6th when Al Smith doubled home Johnson to make it 1-0.  Tommy Tresh singled Bobby Richardson in the home half of the inning to tie it up again.  Baltimore would finish off a tiring Terry in the 8th when Bob Johnson doubled home Gaines and Jackie Brandt singled home Johnson.  McNally would get the win by going 7 and giving up 1 run on 4 hits.  New York's bats look dead as do their chances in this series.
Orioles lead series 2-0

8/11 - 8/12 - Memorial Stadium
GAME 3 - Yankees 8, Orioles 1
Al Downing vs Mike McCormick
Roger_Maris Roger Maris
hit two homers, Mantle and Howard each had one as the Yankee offense arose from it's coma.  The top 6 batters in New York’s lineup would go a combined 11-21.  The way Al Downing was pitching, just 2 or 3 runs would be needed.  Downing would go 7 innings and fan 8, while yielding just a solo run in the bottom of the 4th.  If New York keeps hitting like this we could have us a series.
Orioles lead series 2-1


GAME 4 - Yankees 3, Orioles 0
Jim Bouton vs Robin RobertsJim_Bouton
The great Robin Roberts gutted his way through 6 innings to keep his team in the ball game.  Baltimore needed him to be perfect, because "the Bulldog", Jim Bouton was nearly perfect.  Bouton took only 105 pitches to toss a 2 hit gem that looked like it was going to be a no hitter until Bob Johnson singled with 2 out in the 7th.  The wind was blowing out all night, but that didn't matter one bit as Bouton was locked in.  "The Mick" supplied all the offense with a 2 run single in the first and a solo shot in the 4th.  A decisive game 5 will be played in "the Stadium" to decide a winner.
Series tied 2-2

8/14 - Yankee Stadium
GAME 5 - Orioles 3, Yankees 1
Steve Barber vs White Ford
Brooks_Robinson This rematch of game #1 starters would yield an identical result.  New York would break a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the 5th when Clete Boyer doubled home Ellie Howard with 1 out.  Brooks Robinson would triple home Al Smith in the top of the 6th to tie it and John Orsino's flare to right would put the O's ahead 2-1.  Rookie John Wesley Powell would hit a pinch hit homer off of reliever Tom Metcalf with 2 outs in the 9th to make it 3-1 O's.  Stu Miller would set the Bombers down in order in the 9th to notch his 5th save of the tournament as the #4 seeded O's upset the top seeded Bombers in 5.
Orioles win series 3-2

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