Pete Daley thrills the crowd with a ninth inning walk-off hit

ON THIS DATE (September 6, 1957) ... Pete Daley came through in the clutch and led the Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Orioles. He doubled home Ken Aspromonte with two outs in the ninth inning to produce the win.

The Orioles out-hit the Sox 10-5, but the local team was better at making their hits count. Jackie Jensen knocked out his 20th homer with a man on in the seventh inning and Gene Stephens singled in another big run in the eighth to set the stage for the drama in the ninth inning.

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 as the Sox came up in the bottom of the ninth. Hal Brown was on the mound for the O's and walked Jensen to start the inning. Billy Loes came in to replace Brown and got Mickey Vernon on a fly ball. Ken Aspromonte was up next and forced Jensen at second. It didn't take long for Daley to come through. He banged a solid double to left-center that bounced off the wall and never was retrieved. It was deep enough to score Aspromonte all the way from first base. By the time centerfielder Jim Busby was able to get to the ball, Aspromonte was crossing the plate and Daley was gliding into second base.

The Orioles got to Sox starter, Bob Porterfield, for a run in the third inning on Willie Miranda's base hit, a sacrifice and an infield hit, that produced a throwing error by Billy Klaus. Meanwhile, Hal Brown didn't allow the Sox a hit until the fifth inning and had them shutout thru six.

So going into the seventh inning, down 1-0, Jensen went to work. Frank Malzone was walked on four pitches and Jackie pumped a homer into the left field net, putting the Sox up 2-1.

The Orioles came right back in the eighth inning. Porterfield gave way to Ike Delock, who gave up back-to-back doubles to Bob Boyd and Billy Goodman. Goodman moved over to third on a sac fly and scored as Bob Nieman grounded out to Klaus, who tried to get Goodman at the plate, but was too late with the throw, and Baltimore was up 3-2. Then after Jim Bridewiser singled to left, Gene Stephens thrilled the crowd with a tremendous throw that got Nieman at the plate for the final out.

With one out in the Sox half of the eighth, Jimmy Piersall drew a walk. After Klaus flew out, Piersall stole second and came home with the tying run when Stephens slapped the ball into right center. The came the ninth inning and the heroics by Daley.

 

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W-Murray Wall (2-0)
L-Hal Brown (6-8)
Attendance: 16,750

 2B-Daley (Bost), Boyd (Balt), Goodman (Balt)

 HR-Jensen (Bost)