The Sox come from behind in each game and sweep the doubleheader with a ninth inning walk-off grand slam homer

ON THIS DATE (July 19, 1954) ... The Sox looked like a powerhouse as they pounded out seven home runs, including a Mickey Owen grandslam ninth inning job, to belt the Baltimore Orioles, 9 to 7 and 8 to 5.

Owen finished off a six-run ninth inning comeback, to win the opening game of the twin bill. Jimmy Piersall powdered a three-run homer in the fourth inning of the second game to wipe out another Sox deficit.

While the homers by Owen and Piersall were more significant to the wins, Ted Williams and Jackie Jensen contributed a couple of homers apiece to battle for the club leadership in home runs.

The first game was not exciting until the end. The Orioles had chased Sid Hudson in the second inning with a four-run assault. They next picked up solo runs in the fifth, seventh and eight innings. All the Sox had shown for their work in the first eight innings was a three-run homer by Williams in the sixth, that cut the O's lead down to 5-3. Howie Fox came in to bail out Baltimore and worked neatly until the ninth.

Up 7 to 3, Fox walked Harry Agganis to start the ninth. Ted Lepcio lined out, but Fox then walked Grady Hatton and pinch-hitter, Charley Maxwell to load the bases. Mike Blyzka took over for the Orioles and struck out Del Wilber for the second out. But Piersall put the Sox back in business when he drilled a double to left center that scored two runs.

With first base open, and Maxwell on third and Piersall on second, Williams was walked intentionally to pitch to Owen, who had gotten into the game as a pinch hitter for Sammy White in the eighth. Owen came through when he lined a 2-2 pitch into the left field net for a walk-off grandslam celebration, giving the Sox a sweet come-from-behind victory.

In the second game, Milt Bolling started the Sox homer parade with his fifth long ball of the season to open the game off Don Larsen. The Orioles put together three singles to tie up the game in the next inning. Owen's single and Piersall's double put the Sox back out front in their next at bat. Jackie Jensen's homer in the third put the Sox up 3-1.

The Orioles then scored four runs, aided by three Sox errors, giving Baltimore a 5-3 lead. Leo Kiely started another Sox comeback with his fourth inning single. Bolling followed with another base hit and Piersall hammered one over the wall to put the Sox out front 6 to 5. Ted then slammed a king-sized homer into the right field grandstand. For the clincher, Jensen jolted another one into the center field bleachers for the Sox eighth and final run.

The relief pitching by Ellis Kinder could not be overlooked. He pitched 3 2/3 inning of perfection to save Leo Kiely's third win.

 

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Game #1

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

0

4

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

 

 

7

15

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

6

 

 

9

8

1

 

 

W-Tex Clevenger (2-4)
L-Mike Blyzka (1-3)
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 2B-Hatton (Bost), Piersall (Bost), Waitkus (Balt),
 Young (Balt), Chakales (Balt)

 HR-Williams (Bost), Owen (Bost), Kennedy (Balt),
 Mele (Balt)

 

 

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Game #2

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

0

1

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

5

8

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

1

1

5

0

0

0

0

x

 

 

8

11

4

 

 

W-Leo Kiely (3-6)
S-Ellis Kinder (10)
L-Don Larsen (2-11)

 2B-Piersall (Bost), Diering (Balt)

 3B-Agganis (Bost)

 HR-Bolling (Bost), Jensen (2)(Bost),
 Piersall (Bost), Williams (Bost)