POWELL HOMERS AGAIN
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
The Sox lose their third straight to the O's
17, 1967 ... A 5 to 2 loss to the Baltimore
Orioles dropped the Red Sox into a tie for third place with the
Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox had their opportunities but were unable
to capitalize, stranding eight runners in the ballgame.
grabbed a 3 to 0 lead against Gary Bell in the first two innings, on a two run
home run by Paul Blair, in the first and a bases empty shot over everything in
left-center by Andy Etchebarren in the second inning.
Baltimore threatened again in the third with a double by Luis Aparicio and a
single by Blair, his sixth consecutive hit. At that point Dan Osinski replaced
Bell and stopped the threat by getting Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson to pop
José Tartabull led off the Red Sox third inning, pinch-hitting for Osinski,
with a single to center. He moved up one base on Mike Andrews' bunt single down
the third-base line, when pitcher Gene Brabender threw the ball past Boog Powell
at first. After Adair popped to center, Carl Yastrzemski slapped a 3-0 pitch
into the right-field corner for a double, that drove in two runs.
The Orioles scored their fourth run in the fourth when Powell slammed his
second home run in two days, into the Orioles bullpen off Gary Waslewski. They
scored their final run in the ninth when Powell singled to center and Russ
Snyder ran for him. Snyder stole second and took third on Elston Howard's throw
that skipped into centerfield. Reggie Smith picked it up and tried to get Snyder
at third, but threw the ball into the Orioles dugout for another run, making it
4 to 2.
Brabender sailed into the eighth-inning but plunked Mike Andrews with a pitch
to start. Adair slapped a bouncer that skidded away from Dave Johnson at second.
Stu Miller was brought in at that point for Baltimore and Yaz bounced the first
pitch down to Powell, who threw to second for the force out. Miller got George
Scott and Ken Harrelson on strikeouts and it was over.
Rico Petrocelli popped to short the start the ninth and Miller walked Reggie.
After he struck out Howard, Dalton Jones pinch-hit and slammed a single past
first base, bringing the tying run to the plate in Mike Andrews, but Mike
bounced into a force out and the game was over.