ON THIS DATE (August 2, 1961)
... Two times in one day Chuck Schilling made the hit
that won the game for the Red Sox. In the afternoon game of a twi-light
doubleheader with the Los Angeles Angels, Schilling broke a 2-2 tie
with an eighth inning single to center that scored Carroll Hardy from
second and sent the Sox to a 7-2 triumph.
Then in the twilight game, with the score tied at 7-7 in the last of
the ninth inning, Schilling poked a home run into the left field nets
that gave the Sox an 8-7 victory.
Both hits were delivered against Art Fowler, who had a winning streak
of five games and seven saves for the Angels. During that stretch,
Fowler had allowed only five runs and had an ERA of 1.05 ... In both
games Fowler took the loss.
The first telling blow for the Sox was hit by Don Buddin in the first
game. Going into the sixth inning, Ike Delock and Jim Donohue for the
Angels were holding the hitters scoreless. Then Frank Malzone got to
first on a scratch single. Russ Nixon followed with a double and
Buddin drove them both in with another double.
With the Sox up 2-0 in the eighth inning, Malzone let a sqiubber by
Albie Pearson get through his legs, and with two outs, Lee Thomas
homered to tie the game.
Fowler started the eighth when Donahue was lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Hardy got on with a base hit and Buddin sacrificed him over to
second. Fowler intentionally walked Pete Runnels and up came
Schilling. Chuck lashed a liner into center and the Sox went ahead by
a run. Gary Geiger next hit a sinking liner to right, that sent Lee
Thomas racing toward the line. The ball hit Thomas on the left foot
and bounded toward center field, letting Geiger get all the way to
third base. With both Runnels and Schilling scoring, Ryne Duren now
replaced Fowler. Yaz next grounded to Steve Bilko at first and Geiger
beat his throw to the plate. Vic Wertz doubled Yaz across with the
inning's fifth run.
The second game was a batting duel between Vic Wertz and Albie
Pearson, who each knocked in four runs. Pearson opened the game with
a homer and in the second inning drove in another with a sacrifice
So, down by two runs, the Sox tied the game in the second inning on
doubles by Malzone and Pagliaroni, and a base hit by Wertz that tied
In the third inning the Sox came up with four runs. With one out,
Hardy smacked a double off the wall. Malzone and Pagliaroni then drew
walks that loaded the bases off Angel's starter Joe Moeller. Wertz
followed with a seeing-eye grounder to the left of Ted Kluszewski,
the Angel's firstbaseman, that went through and brought home Malzone.
Lee Thomas grabbed it and air-mailed the ball into the Angel's
dugout, trying to get Pagliaroni at third. Pag scored and Wertz went
to third. Buddin's double off the wall scored Wertz and the Sox were
But L.A. picked up two in the fourth inning and got rid of Sox
starter, Tracy Stallard in the sixth inning after Earl Averill walked
and Art Moran doubled him to third. Galen Cisco came in to pitch for
the Sox and after getting Ken Hunt to pop out, Pearson brought home
two runs with a single that tied the score again. Joe Koppe followed
that with a single, and the Angels led by one run, 7 to 6.
In the seventh inning the Sox tied the game back up. Jackie Jensen
and Frank Malzone both doubled off the new Angel's pitcher, Tom
Morgan. Arnold Early came in to pitch for the Sox and kept the Angels
quiet for three innings. He led off the Sox half of the ninth inning
by striking out and that brought up Schilling once again.