Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Round 1: Chisox (4) edge Tribe (5) in 4 one run games

GAME 1 - Comiskey Park
Bell vs Horlen
Indians 3, White Sox 2

The Tribe got a solid complete game performance from Gary "Ding Dong" Bell, who went the distance and gave up just 2 runs on 8 hits, while fanning 7.  His opposing number, Joe Horlen was victimized by 3 errors from his keystone combo.  Shortstop Jerry Adair booted 2 and second sacker Wayne Causey butchered 1.  Cleveland capitalized by scoring 1 unearned run off of those errors, which provided the difference.  Leon Wagner (3-5) was the hitting star for the Tribe.  Tommy McCraw, Floyd Robinson and Wayne Causey each had 2 hits in a losing effort.
Indians lead series 1-0


GAME 2 - Comiskey Park
Siebert vs Peters
White Sox 3, Indians 2

Tied 2-2 after 8 1/2 innings of play the Pale Hose needed just 1 run off of Sonny Siebert to walk off with a win.  Siebert line heading into the 9th was 2 runs on 4 hits over 8 innings.  Ken "F-Troop" Berry led off and grounded out to short.  AL Rookie of the year Tommie Agee doubled to left center.  Catcher Johnny Romano was given and "unintentional / intentional walk" to create a force around the horn.  A wild pitch erased that force play possibility as the runners moved up 90 feet into scoring position.  Agee took a conservative lead off of first, then caught the tiring Siebert napping.  As Seibert began his windup Agee broke for home and slid in under a late tag by Del Crandall which couldn't be avoided since Siebert's offering was high and outside.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - Municipal Stadium
John vs McDowell
White Sox 3, Indians 2 (10 inn)
In a battle of contrasting styles the Tribe sent lefty fireballer "Sudden" Sam McDowell to the hill to face the Chisox's crafty lefty Tommy John.  McDowell was good (2 runs over 6 innings with 7k's), but John was masterful.  Over 7 1/3 innings of work John scattered 7 Tribe hits, but did not allow a run.  When he left the game his team had themselves a 2-0 lead.  Ken Berry knocked in Don Buford in the top of the 1st to break the ice.  Romano was pegged out at the plate on that play to end what could have been a big inning.  Tommie Agee's RBI single in the 7th made it 2-0.  Heading into the bottom of the 9th the Tribe desperately needed 2 runs to tie and 3 to win.  Max Alvis reached first thanks to an error by Adair at short with 1 out.  When Gonzalez grounded out to short the game should have been over, but thanks to Adair's gaffe Cleveland was entitled to one more batter.  Duke Sims was called on to pinch hit vs reliever Bob Locker.  On a 2-1 hitters count Sims guessed fastball, and he sure guessed right.  Locker's offering found itself resting 325 feet down the right field line for a game tying homer.  The crowd inside the "mistake by the lake" was raucous.  Finally a reason for life.  Tom Kelly was brought in to hold down the Chisox in the 10th.  Back to back lead off singles by Agee and McCraw put runners on the corners with nobody out.  Ken Berry grounded back to the box as Kelly held the runners at bay.  Fielding goat Jerry Adair came to the plate and atoned for his sins by lining a seeing eye single just past the outstretched arms of shortstop Chico Salmon.  Just like that all the air was sucked out of the cavernous stadium on Lake Erie.  Cleveland still had 3 out to try and tie it.  Locker fanned Salmon then got Leon Wagner to fly out to right.  When Rocky Colavito singled for the third time today, Locker's day was done.  Hoyt Wilhelm was brought in from the pen to get the final out, which he did easily by fanning Fred Whitfield.

White Sox lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Municipal Stadium

B.Howard vs Hargan
White Sox 2, Indians 1

For the 4th straight game these two teams battled down to the wire in another 1 run game.  Once again tied at 2-2 after 8 the White Sox magic took over in the 9th.  Cleveland trusted fading veteran Dick Radatz to hold down the fort vs the bottom of the Chisox lineup.  Radatz blew away Adair on 3 pitches but served up a two bagger to veteran pinch hitter Smokey Burgess.  Don Buford grounded out for the second out, but Tommy McCraw delivered a clutch double of his own to put the Pale Hose up 3-2.  Veteran Knuckleballed Hoyt Wilhelm was called on to close out the game.  After getting Vic Davalillo to pop out to first and Larry Brown to ground out to the box, Wilhelm fanned Leon Wagner for the final out to save the game.
White Sox win Series 3-1

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