GEORGE SCOTT HOMERS
ON THIS DATE (May
21, 1967) ... The Cleveland Indians had a 3 to
0 lead in the eighth-inning of the opening game of the doubleheader.
All the sudden Cleveland pitcher, Sonny Siebert, lost his magic. He
had given the Red Sox only three hits while Billy Rohr was having a
hard luck trying to match him. Two singles in a row started the Sox
eighth, and then Carl Yastrzemski slammed a triple and George Scott
followed with a home run. The game belonged to the Red Sox 4 to 3.
Billy Rohr had not gone past three innings in his last couple of games, but in
this one, he threw a lot of curves instead of leaning on his fastball. The
Indians got two runs off him in the fifth inning but should've been blanked.
Chico Salmon doubled to left and Gus Gil pushed a bunt toward second base. Mike
Andrews threw it wildly, allowing Salmon to score with Gil going to second.
After Larry Brown had been thrown out, Siebert bunted a three to pitch, with Gil
on third, and he headed for the plate. Rohr tried to make a barehanded grab the
ball and threw it to Mike Ryan, but Ryan never really got control of the ball
and dropped it before he made the tag.
The third run came on a double, a hit batter, a sacrifice and an intentional
walk to Chuck Hinton. Then John Wyatt took over. With the bases loaded and Rocky
Colavito at the plate, manager Joe Adcock decided to pinch-hit. Rocky flung his
bat and had a few choice words firs manager. Leon Wagner pinch-hit for him and
grounded out while a run scored, giving Cleveland the 3 to 0 lead.
The Sox only had two singles and a double off Siebert going into the
eighth-inning. Yastrzemski unloaded with his triple to the 420 foot mark and
Scott followed with his third home run of the season over the bullpen, about
five rows up into the bleachers, giving the Red Sox a 4 to 3 lead.
Yastrzemski knocked in four runs in both games, boosting his RBI total to 25.
There never was a happier bunch of guys in the Red Sox dressing room.