Chuck Schilling carries the Sox to two victories

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 fly.

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 the score.

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 ahead 6-2.

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.

 

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Game #1

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LOS ANGELES ANGELS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

2

6

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

5

x

 

 

7

12

2

 

 

W-Ike Delock (6-6)
S-Mike Fornieles (10)
L-Art Fowler (5-3)
Attendance: 11,865

 2B-Nixon (Bost), Buddin (Bost), Wertz (Bost),
 Pearson (LA), Sadowski (LA)

 3B-Geiger (Bost)

 HR-L.Thomas (LA)

 

 

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Game #2

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5

6

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8

9

10

 

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LOS ANGELES ANGELS

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1

0

2

0

3

0

0

0

 

 

7

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

 

8

11

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W-Arnold Early (2-4)
L-Art Fowler (5-4)

 2B-Malzone (Bost), Pagliaroni (Bost), Hardy (Bost),
 Buddin (Bost), Jensen (Bost), G.
Thomas (LA)

 HR-Schilling (Bost), Pearson (LA)