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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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June 30,1975

Posted 02-11-2018 at 12:03 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-22-2018 at 09:36 PM by TommyJohn

June 30,1975
vs. Oakland A's
at White Sox Park

The Sox continue to stay hot. The 8-3 win over Fergie and the Rangers completed a three game sweep, and they took three more from the Royals to run their winning streak to 8 and allowed them to escape from the AL West cellar. Maybe these Sox had some grit and fight in them after all.

The A's came into town in 1st place riding an 8 game winning streak of their own. The matchup promised to be a good one-the improving Wilbur Wood vs. Stan Bahnsen, making his first start in Chicago since being sent to Oakland on the 15th. Two eight game winning streaks were on the line, the winner would be the proud owner of the longest winning streak of the 1975 season thus far. Sure they may not have been very high stakes, at least as far as the White Sox were concerned, but they injected some excitement into what was rapidly turning into a lost season.

21,536 turned out on this Monday night to see the Sox take on the three-time defending World Series Champions. Sure, the park wasn't jammed to the rafters, but considering that most games were drawing in the four figures, it was a definite good sign that the fans might be warming up to the team. Or maybe they were just there to see the A's.

The Sox got started early. In the 2nd inning Stan Bahnsen loaded up the bases with no out by giving up singles to Deron Johnson and Ken Henderson and issuing a walk to Bill Melton. This brought back not-so-warm feelings of nostalgia to fans who remembered the days of Stanley Struggle all too well. Then they remembered that Stan now pitched for the opposition and immediately felt better.

Jerry Hairston singled to score Johnson and, after Bucky Dent grounded into a force play at home, Brian Downing drew a walk to force home another run. Pat Kelly then grounded to 1st and first baseman Joe Rudi took the easy out while Jerry Hairston scored. Jorge Orta flied out to end the inning with the Sox up 3-0.

Stanley continued his struggles in the 4th. With one out and Hairston on 3rd, Bahnsen uncorked a wild pitch to score Jerry. Stan then issued a walk to the batter, Brian Downing and was done for the night. Glenn Abbott came out and got the A's out of the inning.

In the 5th Oakland threatened to stage a comeback. Angel Mangual and Billy Williams opened the inning with singles. Phil Garner grounded into a force at 2nd, with Mangual scoring. Bert Campaneris drew a walk to bring up Bill North. He hit a grounder toward short that Bucky Dent rushed in on. Dent flashed the leather, scooping up the grounder, firing to Orta at 2nd, who then pivoted and threw to 1st to nail North by an eyelash to end the inning.

In the bottom of the inning old man Deron Johnson continued to swing a hot bat, taking Abbott deep for his 9th home run of the month and 12th of the year. The next inning Jorge Orta hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.

That's how it ended, with Wood shutting the A's down in the 9th to earn the complete game win and bring his record to 6-11. His ERA was now at 4.80.

Wilbur sat back with a beer after the game and told the assembled media "we proved we could play baseball tonight."

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