THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
The Orioles clobber the Red Sox
27, 1967 ... The Red Sox committed six errors
at Memorial Stadium. Manager Dick Williams had Dalton Jones at third
and Tony Horton at first, but Horton was simply awful, as the Red Sox
were beaten by the Orioles 10 to 0.
The game was wrapped up after
the Orioles first came to bat. They scored three times with Frank Robinson
knocking one into the bleachers, in left field, off Darrell Brandon. Luis
Aparicio led off the inning with a single, took a good lead, and Brandon threw
the ball over Horton's head for an error. Later on the game Horton tumbled over
the tarp chasing a foul ball, later was slow on a bunt, and finally missed up
the return throw on a doubleplay.
Tom Phoebus pitched a shutout for the Orioles, but the game could of been
finished by the bat boy. The Orioles poured it on in the fifth inning when they
got seventh runs.
Brandon escaped from the second through fourth innings, but Aparicio opened
the fifth inning with a ground ball to third base. The ball hit Jones on the
knee and rolled about 15 feet away for an error. Russ Snyder followed and the
whole ballpark knew he would lay down a bunt, which he did. Tony Horton came in
as did Brandon and Brandon got there first, picked up the ball and looked for
someone at the first-base bag. Mike Andrews had not arrived there, but Brandon
threw it anyway. The ball went in to right-field and the Orioles shortstop
scored as Snyder went to second base. After Brooks Robinson singled, out came
Frank Robinson once again. This time he hit a cannon shot to right-center for his
12th home run of the year.
That was it for Brandon and Hank Fischer came into the game. He walked Boog
Powell and then Curt Blefary hit one down toward Horton. He picked up the ball
and threw to second for the force, but on the return from Petrocelli, he dropped
the ball for another error. Dave Johnson and Larry Haney followed with singles
and out came Dick Williams to bring in Bill Landis. Landis finally got the side
out, but only after Aparicio had singled in two more runs.
The Red Sox had one chance to getting a run in the game. In the ninth-inning,
after Mike Andrews led off with a double. George Scott pinch-hit and singled to
right and Andrews stopped at third. But Bob Tillman struck out and José
Tartabull hit into a doubleplay to complete the nightmare for the Sox.