THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
Morehead and Lyle hold down the Yankees
9, 1967 ... Dave Morehead stayed in the game
for seven innings and got credit for a 7 to 1 victory over New York.
He gave up only four hits, but he left with the bases loaded in the
eighth-inning and nobody out. Sparky Lyle came in, struck out Jake
Gibbs and got on Tom Tresh to hit into an inning ending double play.
The Red Sox gave Morehead the lead when Carl Yastrzemski hit his 39th home run
and Rico Petrocelli hit his 15th. The Sox collected 13 hits in the game.
Morehead survived a little trouble when the Yankees put together two doubles
for their only run. It was the first inning and Morehead had struck out Horace
Clarke to start and got Gibbs on a groundout. But Tresh lined an extra base hit
down the right-field line and Yastrzemski led Joe Pepitone's single get by him
for a double.
Steve Barber was on the mound for the Yankees and Jerry Adair and George
Scott put together doubles in the first inning that tied up the game. Morehead
helped his own cause in the third when he singled to open the inning, went to
second on an error and went to third on Yaz's single to right. He came in when
George Scott walked, sending him home with the second run.
Reggie Smith singled in the fourth inning and after two outs, Mike Andrews
brought him home with a line drive double to left-center, making it 3 to 1. In
the fifth, against Fred Talbot, Yaz smashed his home run into the centerfield
seats. Petrocelli and Smith both singled in the inning after two out, and worked
a double steal which produced the Red Sox fifth run, when Petrocelli stole home.
Petrocelli's home run into the net in the seventh inning but the Red Sox up 6 to
Morehead allowed only one hit from the first inning until the eighth. That
was when Jake Gibbs singled in the third. Mickey Mantle, who got another
standing ovation when he pinch-hit singled in the eighth between walks to Jerry
Kenney and Horace Clarke. Dick Williams walked to the mound and brought in
Sparky Lyle to face the lefty Jake Gibbs. Lyle threw an assortment of curveballs
at him and Gibbs finally launched at a curveball outside the plate for a third
strike. Tresh came up next and hit a two hopper to Rico near second base who fed
the ball over to Andrews, starting an easy double play and the threat was over.
José Santiago was supposed to pitch the game but still at some problem with
his vision and Jerry Stephenson was told that he would pitch, but he had a
stomach virus. So that left it up to Dave Morehead who got the assignment.
Elston Howard also had an upset stomach but stayed on the bench during the game.