"THERE GOES THE GREATEST HITTER
WHO EVER LIVED" ... Ted Williams
Jackie Jensen provides the
10th inning homer in the first game
and slugs another in the afternoon
May 30, 1957
... The Red Sox swept both game from the Baltimore
Orioles, taking the opener, 7 to 6 on Jackie Jensen's 10th inning
walk-off homer and blasting Baltimore's pitchers for 16 hits in the
The Sox came back from a five run deficit in the first game, tying it
in the sixth inning, before Jensen slugged his fifth homer of the
year to lead off the 10th inning. He then hit his sixth homer in the
The Sox quickly went down by two runs in the first game on a homer by
George Kell, a triple by Bob Nieman and a base hit by Gus Triandos
off Sox starter, Dean Stone. The Orioles got to Stone for three more
runs in the fourth inning on a walk, and three singles.
Down 5-0, the Sox came back to tie things up. In the fourth inning
they chipped away by getting a run on singles by Jensen, Frank
Malzone and Billy Consolo. They knocked out Art Ceccarelli in the
fifth inning by scoring three runs. He walked Piersall to open,
then allowed singles to Gene Mauch and Ted Williams. When he walked
Dick Gernert to load the bases, Hal Brown came in for Baltimore.
Jensen grounded into a doubleplay, but Mauch was able to score.
Malzone then doubled off the wall and the Sox were down by just one
Bob Porterfield, who replaced Stone in the fifth inning, delivered
the key hit to tie the game up in the sixth inning. Pete Daley was on
base after being hit by a pitch. Expecting Porterfield to bunt,
George Kell charged in from third and was double-crossed when
Porterfield pounded a high hopper over his head. Daley scampered over
to third base and scored the tie run, when Piersall grounded into a
Baltimore took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, on a double by
Kell, singles by Nieman and Triandos, and a sacrifice fly by Tito
Francona. But The Sox tied it back up in the bottom of the ninth on
Piersall's wind-blown double off the wall and Mauch's base hit to
right, that sent the game into extra innings. In the 10th inning,
Jensen took a 1-1 pitch from George Zuvernick into the nets in left
center field for the game winner.
Porterfield got his first win of the season, allowing six hits and
just one run over six innings of work.
The Sox went down 1-0 on an unearned run in the second inning before
Billy Klaus put the Sox out front with a two-run homer into the right
field seats during the Sox half of the same inning.
Al Pilarcik tied things up with a homer in the fourth, but once Sammy
White broke up the 2-2 tie with a crisp single to left, the Sox had
easy sailing. They got three more in the fifth inning on Jensen's
towering 430 foot homer into the center field bleachers, with
Piersall on base, and then broke the game open with six runs in the
sixth inning. Piersall's two-run homer after doubles by White and
Klaus were the big blows of that inning.
The Orioles hit Dave Sisler easily in the second game, banging out 12
hits, but were only able to score single runs in five innings. Gene
Stephens saved runs three times a great throws from left field.
Ted Williams had two hits in five trips in the first game, to keep
his batting average at .411