Monday, March 14, 2016

Slipping Them A Mickey: Wednesday & Thursday, September 13-14, 1967

Scores September 13th

BOS 6, KC 2 W-Bell 13-9 L-Dobson 4-16 HR-Webster(23)Ryan(1)

CLE 5, CHI 1 W-O'donoghue 12-13 L-B.Howard 10-12

DET 1, BAL 0 W-Lolich 21-5 L-Richert 9-11 Lolich 1-hitter.

CAL 7, NY 1 W-Clark 8-13 L-Barber 4-2 HR-Mincher(23)

WAS 3, MIN 2 W-Knowles 3-6 L-Merritt 15-10 S-Baldwin(22) HR-F.Howard(32)

Score September 14th

CLE 3, CHI 1 (10inns) W-Siebert 15-13 L-Peters 12-10

The banged-up slumping Tigers were saved on Wednesday by their ace, Mickey Lolich.  All you need to know happened before anyone was out in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the first, the Orioles' Dave Johnson made an out, then Paul "The Blair Witch" Blair doubled, followed by a Frank Robinson walk. But Brooks Robinson banged into a double play, ending the threat. Then in the bottom of the first, Dick "Trixie" Tracewski, enjoying the only decent hitting year of his career, singled leading off and stole second. Then Don Wert's hit drove him in. Game over! Lolich never allowed another hit in registering his 10th shutout (tied with the Orioles' Jim Hardin for the league lead) and lowering his league-leading e.r.a. to a microscopic 1.58. No one else is even close. And boy, did the Tigers need the win.

Meanwhile at Fenway Park, backstop Mike Ryan took a wee drop o' the spirits before standing in against Chuck Dobson of the A's, who was so unimpressed that he refused to walk Ryan with pitcher Gary Bell due up and two men on. Ryan, wearing a leprechaun hat with a buckle on it, launched his first home run of the entire season, and it was all over but the hangover. Meanwhile Mister Dobson has won only one game since the end of June.

The Senators threw a wrench into the spokes of the Minnesota Twins Express, shuffling their pipsqueak line-up and squeezing out just enough runs to support new starter Darold Knowles for the victory. However, with a lead in the sixth, a line drive decapitated Mr. Knowles, and so he will have to have his noggin sewn back on and will miss all but perhaps one last start on the season's final weekend. Barry Moore would step back into the rotation, but he's dead, too. So who knows? Who cares? It's Washington! Can Obama give them a few innings???
Leader of the free world, and spot starter?


1 comment:

Mama Zen said...

It was the Lucky Charm, I tell you!