The Sox win in the 10th on Gary Geiger's homer

ON THIS DATE (August 8, 1959) ... Frank Lary had been on his way too become the first American League pitcher to win 15 games this year. He had an impressive 2.90 ERA and was one out away from winning the game for the Detroit Tigers. He was one strike from shutting out the Red Sox, 3 to 0, with two outs in the last of the ninth, the bases empty and he had two strikes on Vic Wertz.

Only one Sox base runner had made it past second base. That was Pete Runnels with a first inning double, who moved over to third on Gary Geiger's infield single.

But Wertz singled to left and up came Sammy White. Lary had him down two strikes and hit him with a pitch. So, in came Dick Gernert to pinch-hit, with runners on first and second. He thumped Lary's first pitch off the left field wall for a double, scoring Wertz.

Now it was up to Pumpsie Green. He hit the first pitch he saw into center field, scoring the two base runners and the game was tied, 3-3, sending it into extra innings.

In the 10th inning, Pete Burnside took the mound for the Tigers to face Gary Geiger, leading off for the Sox. The count went to 3-2 and Geiger hit Burnside's next pitch into the Red Sox bullpen, for a walk-off 4 to 3 victory.

Sox starter, Al Scroll had been in hot water. In the third inning, he issued two walks and two hits. With four men on base, he got out of trouble. A double play erased the first man and with the bases loaded, Scroll struck out Gus Zernial. But in the fourth inning he was less fortunate. He gave up a hit and then had Eddie Yost bang a one-hopper that glanced off his glove, that scored a run. Charlie Maxwell followed with a double to right and the Tigers were up 2-0.

Harvey Kuenn's single in the seventh inning, followed by Zernial's single and Frank Bolling's double, gave the Tigers their 3-0 advantage.

 

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W-Ike Delock (9-6)
L-Pete Burnside (0-1)
Attendance: 13,930

 2B-Runnels (Bost), Gernert (Bost),
 Maxwell (Det), Bolling (Det)

 HR-Geiger (Bost)