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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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May 1,1977

Posted 04-24-2018 at 08:14 PM by TommyJohn

May 1,1977
vs. Texas Rangers
at Comiskey Park

The Sox end April on a losing note, a 14-4 crushing at the hands of the Rangers in the second of a three game set at Comiskey. It is the team's third loss in a row and puts them at 10-8, in 4th place but only one game out of 1st.

One highlight of the game came in the 8th inning, when Wilbur Wood entered the game in relief. Wilbur, who hadn't played since getting his kneecap shattered on the previous May 9 and who definitely never wore Sox shorts, came in to a standing ovation but was ineffective, giving up an inside-the-park home run to Ken Henderson and a 3 run drive to Willie Horton.

The next day the Sox took the field for a Sunday afternoon match that would pit Ken Brett against Gaylord Perry.

It looked like it might be a long afternoon for Brett when he put the first two Rangers on base in the 1st. He gave up one run, but managed to get out of the frame with no further damage.

The Sox came up in their half and immediately went to work on Perry. Ralph Garr led off with a double and Alan Bannister was hit by a pitch to bring on Jorge Orta, who promptly smacked a home run to put the Sox up 3-0 before Perry had retired a single batter.

The Sox weren't finished. Two more batters got on base before Oscar Gamble drove them in with a triple. Gamble then came home on a double by Chet Lemon. Jim Essian stepped up and hit a shot into the stands for the Sox' second home run of the inning, giving them an 8-0 lead, which is how the inning ended.

The 8 runs were the most scored by the Sox in one inning thus far in the young season, and they weren't finished. In the 2nd inning, Gamble stepped up with two runners on and drove one of them in with a single. Chet Lemon then delivered a three run home run, the team's third round tripper of the game and one that gave them a secure 12-1 lead.

There was a moment of tension in the top of the 5th, when Brett was nursing a 12-2 lead. Brett found out that rain was heading in the direction of the park and tried to hurry through the inning to make the game official. He got two quick outs before Bert Campaneris hit a drive to the left field wall. Ralph Garr went back to the wall, but misjudged the ball, which landed at his feet for a double. Brett seemed to lose his cool, giving up two more hits and a run before the inning ended.

The rain never came, but Brett remained furious, whipping his glove against the dugout wall when the inning ended, then getting into a shouting match with the home plate umpire in the next inning over balls and strikes. Bob Lemon finally stepped in and pulled his stressed out pitcher after 7 innings.

The Sox won the game going away, 12-4. One person who wasn't happy so far, though, was Richie Zisk, who was having trouble adjusting his swing to the huge dimensions of Comiskey Park. His frustration peaked when he hit a towering drive that traveled 410 feet, only to be caught.

"I can't wait to get out of town" Zisk told Richard Dozer. "I'm mentally beat in this ballpark already."

The numbers didn't lie. Zisk was batting .408 on the road, with 6 home runs and 14 RBI. In Chicago he was at .167 with 1 home run and 4 RBI. "I suppose it's psychological. But they take away my strength here" he said. "I'm not a pull hitter. I hit the ball in all directions." Dozer speculated that the Sox might have to go high with an offer if they wanted to keep Zisk around after the season.

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