WILLIAMS ERA COMES
TO A DRAMATIC END ...
Vic Wertz helps win both
against the Kansas City A's
August 4, 1960
... The hitting of Vic Wertz and the youthful
battery of Earl Wilson and Jim Pagliaroni helped the Sox sweep a
doubleheader from the Kansas City Athletics.
Mike Fornieles had to bail out Bill Monbouquette, who won his 12th
game, 5 to 3, in the opener. Wilson then pitched a six-hitter for an
easy 9 to 1 victory in the second game.
Vic Wertz knocked in three runs in each game and raised his hit total
to 70 in the last 78 games. His three-run homer in the first inning
of the first game was his 15th of the season and was the game winner
for Monbouquette. After Pete Runnels and Willie Tasby drew walks, Ted
Williams singled home Runnels. Wertz then clubbed his 15th homer over
the left-centerfield wall to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.
In the third inning, Tasby singled and Williams walked. After Wertz's
infield roller moved Tasby over to third and Ted to second, Russ
Nixon was intentionally walked to load the bases. Tasby scored when
Frank Malzone was hit by a pitch.
Monbouquette had a shaky sixth inning when Lumpe singled and scored
on Norm Siebern's double. In the seventh inning, two base hits and a
sacrifice fly produced the A's second run.
Two more hits sent Mombo to the showers in the eighth and brought in
Mike Fornieles. Dick Williams' sacrifice fly brought in the third
Kansas City run.
Pete Runnels launched a three run attack in the first inning of the
second game on Don Larsen. His single to center was followed by a
free pass to Tasby. When Wertz rolled out to first, Runnels and Tasby
moved up. Rip Repulski's infield single scored Runnels and Jim
Pagliaroni blasted a two-bagger off the wall for two more runs.
A single by Wilson in the second, started the scoring the next
inning. He moved to second on a ground-out and scored on Wertz's
single to left.
Larsen was knocked out in the fifth inning after he gave up a double
to Runnels, a walk to Tasby and a two-run double by Wertz. A double
to right off Ned Garver scored Wertz. That was followed by a homer by
Lou Clinton into the nets for the Sox ninth run.
Wilson went the distance for the first time in his career, in
earning his second major league victory. He walked six and the only
run scored against him came in the ninth inning on three singles and
a walk. The last hit was a scratch single by Jerry Lumpe, which
Runnels almost grabbed back-handed and would have given Earl a