THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
The Sox lose the game on a wild pitch
11, 1967 ... The score was Lee Stange, one bad
pitch into the dirt, and Jim McGlothlin, none. That was a result of
the game in Anaheim where the California Angels topped the Red Sox, 1
to 0. The only run of the ballgame came in the fourth inning when
Stange threw a breaking pitch into the dirt, that got past catcher
Elston Howard, allowing Jimmie Hall to scamper home.
allowed only three singles, two of them by Mike Andrews, and no Red Sox runner
got past first base. It was the young right-hander's 10th victory of the season
and his second over the Red Sox. He breezed through the first three innings,
allowing only those singles with two outs, by Andrews and Rico Petrocelli in the
second and third innings.
The Angels took the 1 to 0 lead in the fourth inning. Hall led off with a
single and went to third on Don Mincher's hit and run single past Andrews.
Stange struck out Roger Repoz and got Woody Held on a foul pop out to Howard.
But he threw a wild pitch to Tom Satriano, that allowed Hall to score.
Stange retired the Angels in order in the fifth for the first time, aided by
one-handed catches in the outfield by Carl Yastrzemski and Reggie Smith. Yaz ran
full speed toward left center and made an over the shoulder catch off Jim
George Scott, who started the game on the bench for being overweight, is the
Red Sox leading hitter against the Angels, with a .343 batting average. He has four home runs and
nine RBI and had hit home runs off McGlothlin in the last three games, where he
had pitched against him.
The loss dropped the Red Sox behind the Twins, who beat the White Sox to move
into second place.