Friday, March 20, 2015
Oakland Takes 3; Weirdness Takes Final DH
May 22, 1970 at Chicago – Reggie Jackson’s (10,11) second home run of the day, a 2-run shot in the T10, lifted Oakland to a 9-7 victory. Don Mincher (9) also enjoyed a huge day, going 4-4 with a 2B and HR.
May 23, 1970 at Chicago – Catfish Hunter (6-5) hurled 7 1/3 innings of 1-run ball as Oakland wins 6-1. The game was a tight 2-1 until the T9 when the Athletics piled on 4 more. Rick Monday (3 hits) and Bert Campaneris (2-run HR) were the hitting stars.
May 24, 1970 (Game #1) at Chicago – A wild one on the South Side as the two clubs combined for 31 runs on 40 hits and 8 home runs. Monday singled home Tito Francono in the T12 to give Oakland the 16-15 win. Campy went crazy with 4 hits and 7 RBI, including a grand slam. Sal Bando also drove in 4, including a 3-run bomb. Monday and Joe Rudi contributed 4 hits apiece.
For the ChiSox, Bill Melton homered twice and drove in 5. Carlos May drove in 4 with a 2B and HR after entering later in the game. Gail Hopkins chipped in 4 hits. To make the whole thing even more surreal, I was playing this game in the midst of a total solar eclipse at 11 a.m. in Poland. You got the feeling anything could happen.
May 24, 1970 (Game #2) at Chicago – Evidently the hitters wore themselves out in Game 1, because the White Sox took the nightcap, 2-1. Bart Johnson (2-0) out-dueled Blue Moon Odom (2-5). Ed Herrman and Syd O’Brien (RBI single in the 7th) had the RBI for Chicago.