Jimmy Piersall doubles in the ninth inning
to give the Sox a come-from-behind win

ON THIS DATE (May 17, 1957) ... Jimmy Piersall doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give the Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Athletics. His hit off reliever, Rip Coleman, delighted the 20,438 fans who went home happily after witnessing a successful up-hill battle.

It also ended the evening for Tom Brewer in a nice way. He pitched well and managed to hold on, despite a two-run homer by Vic Power.

But he would have never gotten the win except for two things. One was a homer by Jackie Jensen off starter, Ryne Duren in the sixth inning. The other was a break in the eighth inning that allowed the Sox to get a gift run and tie the game, because of a bad throw to the plate.

Nobody would have thought the Sox had a chance against the rookie Duren, who had pitched five strong innings and had a 3 to 0 lead going into the sixth. But Ted Williams knocked out the second of his two hits and Jensen brought him home with a home run, to cut the A's lead down to one run, 3 to 2.

Then in the eighth inning, Wally Burnette, who relieved Duren, got himself into trouble. He walked Piersall and Billy Klaus, the first two hitters. Manager Lou Boudreau replaced him with Coleman, who then walked Williams to load the bases. Mickey Vernon came up next and hit one back to the pitcher, who easily erased Piersall at home. Jensen next bounced to thirdbaseman Hector Lopez, who fired home to try and get Klaus. But the throw short-hopped catcher Hal Smith and skidded through his legs to tie the game.

In the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 3-3, Gene Mauch started the winning rally by drawing a walk. Pete Daley, who had come in for Sammy White, singled up the middle. Brewer tried to move the runners along with a sacrifice bunt, but Coleman was able to get to it and force Mauch at third. That brought up Piersall, who had gone hitless up to this point. Jimmy worked the count to 2-2 and then rifled a line drive down the left field line that chased Gus Zernial to the wall. Daley was able to scamper home with the winning run and Brewer chalked up his fifth win of the year.

Brewer pitched a good game himself. He was tagged for two runs in the fourth inning on a single and a homer by Power. The A's added a third run in the fifth when Hunter doubled and Bob Cerv singled him in. Brewer was strong after that and gave up only two hit for the remainder of the game.

 

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W-Tom Brewer (5-2)
L-Rip Coleman (0-3)
Attendance: 20,438

 2B-Piersall (Bost), Hunter (KC)

 HR-Jensen (Bost), Power (KC)