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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 3,1975

Posted 02-03-2018 at 12:07 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 08:31 AM by TommyJohn

May 3,1975
vs. Oakland A's
at White Sox Park

The White Sox go 2-6 following their 9th inning rally to beat the Twins. So much for Terry Forster's prediction. Speaking of whom, Terry loses the last of those games, in 12 innings to Oakland, to drop the team to 7-15 overall, settling them in last place.

The next night Claude Osteen takes the mound to face the A's in the second game of the series. He quickly fell behind 1-0 in the 1st inning on an RBI single by Reggie Jackson.

The score remained at 1-0 until the 4th, when Bill Melton swatted his 1st home run of the year off A's starter Ken Holtzman, a solo shot to tie the game.

Claude then went out in the 5th and gave the run right back. Bill North singled with one out. Osteen then attempted to pick North off, but threw wildly to 1st base, allowing the speedy A's outfielder to reach 3rd on the play. One batter later Reggie Jackson drove him across the plate with a single.

They added another run in the 6th on a two out single by Gene Tenace off Rich Gossage, who had relieved Osteen two batters into the inning.

The Sox struck back in the bottom of the 6th when Jorge Orta's two out single drove across Bill Melton and Deron Johnson, who had both reached base on walks and moved over a base on Buddy Bradford's sacrifice bunt.

Rich Gossage kept the Sox in the game, mowing down A's batters left and right. He struck out Reggie Jackson and Joe Rudi in the 7th; Sal Bando, Jim Holt and Phil Garner in the 8th; then set down the side 1-2-3 in the 9th.

Gossage ran into a potential snag in the 10th when he issued a two out walk to Bando. Herb Washington, the A's running specialist, came out to pinch-run. Gossage spun around and had Washington picked off, but threw wildly, allowing the runner to take second. The batter, Claudell Washington, was then intentionally walked to bring up Ray Fosse. Gossage bore down and blew Fosse away for his 7th strikeout of the game.

The bottom of the 10th saw only two batters. Carlos May singled, then Bill Melton hit a booming shot to deep centerfield. May came steaming around the bases as the ball was thrown to the infield, but not in nearly enough time to get May, who slid safely home with the winning run.

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