THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
strikes out 11 Orioles
18, 1967 ... Jim Lonborg, with his 13
victories, leads both leagues in that department, after his 6-2 win
over the Orioles. The Red Sox have won five straight and are seven
games over .500 as a result. The victory enabled the Red Sox to pull
within 2 1/2 games of the league-leading Chicago White Sox.
barrage came in the second inning against southpaw Dave McNally, who had given
up only one run in the 23 innings he pitched before the game. He had struck out
two of the three men he faced in the first inning, but in the second inning,
runs poured across the plate before the Orioles could even get a man warmed up
in the bullpen.
Tony Conigliaro doubled down the third-base line to start the inning, and
hurt his leg with his slide into second base, coming out a couple of innings
later. Then came two opposite field doubles by George Scott and Jerry Adair.
Conigliaro scored on Scott's hit and Scott scored on Adair's. After Reggie Smith
grounded out, Mike Ryan singled to left to score Adair and as Curt Blefary made
a high throw to the plate to try and get Adair, Ryan scampered down to second
base. Manager Hank Bauer came out and replaced McNally on the spot with Eddie
Watt. Jim Lonborg greeted him with a single to left that scored Ryan. He went to
second on the throw and Foy knocked him in with a single to center, for the
MIKE RYAN SCORES
Lonborg had great stuff with 11 strikeouts and for 4 2/3 innings, he didn't
allow anything that looked like a base hit. Finally, Dave Johnson singled in the
fifth to end the no-hitter.
The Red Sox scored their final run in the sixth inning when Scott lined a
double to right-center and after Adair had hit one back to the mound, Scott got
caught in a rundown. Smith singled to right sending Adair to third and Ryan
knocked him in with another single to right.
Lonborg was working quickly and gave up base hits in the sixth and seventh,
leaving Brooks Robinson stranded on third-base in the seventh. But Jim couldn't
put together his third shutout of the year, as Curt Motton took him deep into
the left-field stands in the ninth-inning.
Lonborg will leave the team on July 29th to report for two weeks of Army
duty. He is a clerk typist for the medical unit and will do his tour in Atlanta.
Norm Siebern is to join the club today after having dropped off his family in