ON THIS DATE (September 2, 1957)
... Sammy White and Jimmy Piersall hit
game-tying and game-winning homers in the eighth inning of the second
game of a doubleheader to give the Sox and 8-to-7 come-from-behind
win. Behind the slick pitching of Frank Sullivan the Sox breezed to a
7-to-1 win in the opener.
White belted his third homer of the year into the left-centerfield
nets to lead off the eight inning against reliever Bud Byerly, the
third Washington pitcher of the game, to tie the score at 7-7. After
pinch-hitter Willard Nixon grounded out, Piersall stepped to the
plate and slammed his 16th homer into the bleachers that gave the Sox
the win, 8-7. Piersall had three hits in the first game including
George Susce, the fifth pitcher for the Sox, then got Lou Berberet to
hit into a force play with the bases loaded and two outs in the
ninth, to preserve the first win of the year for Murray Wall.
This game was a sizzler. The Sox scored in the first inning on a
triple by Billy Klaus and a single by Gene Stephens. They went up 4-0
in the fourth inning, on a three-run homer by Klaus.
Dave Sisler pitched no-hit ball for five innings, but wilted in the
sixth inning. Jackie Jensen misjudged a fly ball, that gave Rocky
Bridges a leadoff triple. Julio Becquer singled Rocky home before
Sisler walked the next three batters and was replaced by Ike Delock.
Singles by Roy Sievers and Berberet produced the final runs that put
Washington out front, 5-4.
The Sox regained the lead in the seventh inning on two passes, a
single by Jensen and a double by Dick Gernert, putting them ahead,
Berberet then homered in the eighth, following a pass to Sievers by
Murray Wall, to put the Senators back out front, 7 to 6. White tied
the game with his lead-off homer in the bottom of the inning before
Piersall slammed the game winner.
Jensen chalked up his 1000th career hit in the first game with a
first inning single and doubled home another run off Pedro Ramos.
Frank Sullivan put together his 13th complete game by pitching a
six-hitter for his 12th win, 7 to 1
Billy Klaus was 4-for-4 in the second game and 3-for-5 in the first
game. His batting average (.267) went up 19 points. Jensen knocked in
three runs and leads the Sox with 88 RBIs.