Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Qualifier Round: Yanks sweep A's in 2 straight

GAME 1 - KC Municipal Stadium
Fritz Peterson vs Lew Krausse
Yankees 5, A's 1

The dying embers of the Yankee dynasty got behind their young and inexperienced pitching staff to hammer out a 5-1 win over the up and coming A's.  Fritz Peterson gave up just 1 run on 2 hits and looked like he was heading toward the finish line when a blister on his index finger ended his day.  Dooley Womack (2 1/3 IP) and Pedro Ramos (1 IP) combined to carry the pinstripes the rest of the way.  With the game tied 1-1 after five innings the geriatric bombers exploded for 3 big runs, all with 2 out, in the top of the 6th off of reliever Vern Handrahan.  After The Mick flied out to deep right Roger Maris lined a rare opposite field single.  1962 AL Rookie of the Year, Tommy Tresh, hit a 2 run shot to right center to break the deadlock.  Elston Howard and Clete Boyer followed that with back to back singles to put runners on the corners.  New York had to choose whether to try and pad the lead with a pinch hitter or allow Peterson the opportunity to hit.  Peterson took his turn at the plate and doubled to right center on a 3-1 count.  Brooklyn's own Joe Pepitone hit a 1 out homer in the 7th to make it 5-1 New York, which is how it ended.  The Bronx Bombers turned back the clock banging out 14 hits.  New York made 3 errors that KC was unable to capitalize on.
Yankees lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Yankee Stadium
Catfish Hunter vs Mel Stottlemyre
Yankees 7, A's 1

The marquee matchup of 2 young hurlers emphasized just how further along in his development Mel is over Catfish.  Stottlemyre, who pitched the Yankees to the 1964 pennant with his 9-2 stretch run record is a young established star accustomed to the spotlight of big games.  Hunter, a bonus baby who was rushed to the bigs at the tender age of 18, is learning how to make it happen vs major league bats and not in the minors.  New York's resurgent offense was held at bay by Hunter until the bottom of the 6th when the young phenom lost his poise and his control.  Heading into that fateful inning the Stottlemyre was tasked with nursing a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a long ball off the bat of Roger Maris.  The 6th inning saw the Yankees score 4 times.  Joe Pepitone led off the inning with a double to death valley.  Pepitone would go 2 for 5, which was a nice follow up from his 3-5 day in the opener.  After Mantle flew out to right Maris singled and Tresh walked to load the bases with 1 out.  Clete Boyer's single scored Pepi to give New York a 2-0 lead.  A walk to backstop Jake Gibbs made it 3-1.  Stottlemyre struck out looking for out number 2.  If Hunter could get Horace Clarke out he would escape the inning only down by 2.  As luck would have it the inexperienced Hunter threw one right down the middle of the plate and Clarke lined a single to center to score 2 more and break the game open.  KC would get it's lone run in the 7th with a slicing homer to right by Jim Gosger.  New York would add 2 more in the 8th to put the game out of reach.  Fred Talbot would take the 9th inning for New York and set the A's down in order to clinch the mini-series.
Yankees win series 2-0

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