CONIG GREETED AFTER HIS HR
ON THIS DATE (July
27, 1967) ... After home runs by Joe Foy, with
a man on, and Tony Conigliaro, had tied the score at 5 to 5 in the
ninth-inning, Carl Yastrzemski robbed the Angels of extra bases with
a stunning catch in the 10th inning and threw a strike to home that
stopped the go-ahead run from scoring. And the Red Sox went on to
beat the Angels in the bottom of the 10th, 6 to 5.
The first eight
innings of the game barely served to set the stage for the last minute
dramatics. The Red Sox jumped out in front in the bottom of the first inning on
Yaz's 25th home run of the season. George Scott followed with another home run,
his 12th of the season, to put the Red Sox on top by two.
The Angels wiped out the 2 to 0 lead with five runs in the fifth inning, as
Lee Stange paid dearly for the only two walks he gave up in six innings. With
one out, Stange walked Bobby Knoop. After pitcher Jim McGlothlin struck out,
Josť Cardenal also drew a walk and Woody held slammed a single inside
third-base, to drive in Knoop. Jim Fregosi bounced a single up the middle to tie
the game and then Don Mincher blasted the first pitch he saw, into the
bleachers, behind the Red Sox bullpen, for a three run homer, his 16th of the
year, and giving the Angels a 5 to 2 margin.
McGlothlin breezed into the ninth-inning with a three hitter, two of which
were the home runs, and then the walls came crashing down on him. Mike Andrews
started it off with a single to left. Foy looked at one pitch for a ball, before
lining a solo shot into the screen above the scoreboard to cut the lead to one
Angels manager, Bill Rigney, then came strolling out of the dugout and
brought in lefty, Clyde Wright, to face Yaz. Yaz lifted a fly ball to
centerfield and then Rigney decided to bring in right-handed pitcher, Bill
Kelso, to face Conigliaro. The move backfired, as Tony slammed the first pitch
he saw into the screen, for his 19th home run of the year, tying up the score at
Dick Williams thought ahead and brought in lefty Sparky Lyle to pitch the
10th inning, because three of the Angels hitters due up, were lefties. Lyle
retired Jim Fregosi, the only right-handed hitter, and then Don Mincher singled
past first baseman George Scott into right field. Right-handed batter, Bill
Skowron, came up to hit for Jimmie Hall and slammed a line drive to left-center.
Yastrzemski raced over as fast as he could and snared the liner, one-handed,
robbing Skowron of a sure extra base hit.
JOE FOY GREETS REGGIE SMITH
Bubba Morton, another right-handed pinch-hitter, got on first when Joe Foy
booted his bouncer for an error. With runners on first and second, Bob Rodgers
grounded one past shortstop Rico Petrocelli into left. Don Mincher raced around
third as Yastrzemski charged the ball and fired a strike, on the fly, to the
plate. Mincher was out by 15 feet to end the inning.
Reggie Smith led off the 10th. He slammed a three and two pitch into the
right-field corner. The ball bounced past Morton, rolling toward centerfield.
Reggie, with visions of an inside the park home run, saw the ball caroming
around. He raced around third, but coach Eddie Popowski held him up.
Popowski then conferred with the next batter, Russ Gibson, and Dick Williams.
They decided they were not going to try a squeeze and were hoping for a fly ball
or a base hit. With the Angels ace reliever on the mound, Minnie Rojas, Gibson
popped one up to short left and Smith couldn't budge. Jerry Adair was next
picked to pinch-hit for Sparky Lyle and he bounced one down toward thirdbaseman,
Paul Schaal. The ball took a tricky hop and skidded past him for an error, as
Smith jogged across the plate with the winning run.