A YEAR OF REBUILDING
George Scott's two
homers lead the Sox
June 14, 1966
... Ninth inning home runs by George Scott,
with two men on base, and by George Thomas, with the bases empty,
gave the Red Sox an 11 to 7 victory and a split of the doubleheader
in Cleveland. The Indians took the opener 8 to 7.
The homers came off Tom Kelly and made Don McMahon the winner.
McMahon had come in to pitch in the eighth inning, walked a man to
load the bases, and then gave up a grandslam homer to Rocky Colavito,
that tied the game at seven apiece.
Scott knocked out two homers and George Smith also hit one.
Luis Tiant started for Cleveland and was touched for two runs in the
first inning. Walks to Thomas and Yastrzemski were followed by a
triple from Tony Conigliaro and a 2-0 lead. Smith hit his home run in
the second inning to put the Sox up by three.
The Indians got one of those runs back, before Scotty slugged his
first home run of the game in the third. A throwing error by Indians
reliever, Steve Hargan on an easy doubleplay ball, then two singles
by Dick Stigman and Joe Foy and a passed ball, put three more runs in
the Sox column in the fourth inning.
Stigman started for the Sox and the Indians had two homers off him.
Fred Whitfield hit a solo shot in the second inning and Chico Salmon
hit one with a man on, in the fourth.
Down 7 to 3, a double by Jim Landis and a base hit by Max Alvis sent
Stigman to the showers in the eighth inning. McMahon took over and
walked Salmon to load the bases. Colavito worked the count to 2-2 and
then slammed a line drive over the centerfield wall to tie things up.
Kelly, the third Indians pitcher, got Foy out to start the ninth
inning. before Thomas cleared the fence in left to break the tie. A
walk to Yaz and a base hit by Tony C. preceded Scott's second homer
of the game, to put the Sox up by four runs once more, 11 to 7. John
Wyatt pitched the ninth inning and protected the lead.