THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
Mel Stottlemyre out-duels Dennis Bennett
15, 1967 ... The Red Sox were beaten by Mel
Stottlemyre, 1 to 0, who lost 20 games last year, but hasn't given up
a run in two games this season. The Red Sox never got to third base
and if they had, Dennis Bennett might have been given a pat on the
back for his performance.
Carl Yastrzemski made it to second base
twice. He walked in the first inning and stole second. In the sixth, he singled
to center and went to second on George Scott's single. The only other man to get
to second base was Rico Petrocelli, who walked in the fifth and advanced on a
The runs scored by the Yankees was hardly exciting. The Yankees team this
year is one of their all time worst and they really had to bleed across the
winning marker in the fifth inning. Ray Barker walked to open the inning and
John Kennedy's chopper was hit back to Bennett too slowly for him to get the
runner with a throw to second base. Stottlemyre fanned on a few nice curveballs,
but Horace Clarke sliced a single to right-center to score Barker.
Bennett gave up only five hits and went through three hitless innings. The
second man in the fourth, Tom Tresh, ended the stretch with a single up the
middle. Bennett had only one other scare in the game, when the Yankees got a man
to third in the sixth inning.
For the second straight day, Yastrzemski made a great catch in left field and
again it was off Tom Tresh. The wind held up his drive in the seventh inning,
with two men on, and Yaz drifted back and lurched to grab the ball, ending the