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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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July 17,1975

Posted 02-14-2018 at 08:03 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 07:36 AM by TommyJohn

July 17,1975
vs. Detroit Tigers
at White Sox Park

The Sox kick off the second half of the season with a Thursday afternoon doubleheader against the Tigers. Wilbur Wood draws the starting assignment for game 1, meaning that this will be the second straight game that he starts, having started the last game before the All-Star break.

Wilbur takes the mound and once again shows flashes of the old Wilbur. He cuts through the Tiger lineup for two innings before Ron LeFlore reaches in the 3rd on a basehit. Wood manages to work through it and LeFlore expires on base.

Meanwhile, Tiger pitcher Mickey Lolich falls victim to some bad luck in the bottom of the 3rd. With Bill Stein on 1st Brian Downing slapped a ground ball that was booted by shortstop Tom Veryzer.

The error proved crucial, because there were two on and two out when the Sox struck. Ken Henderson rapped a basehit to score Stein from 3rd. Deron Johnson walked to load the bases and Bill Melton followed with a two run single. Carlos May hit another one-bagger to score Johnson before Lolich retired Jerry Hairston to end the inning.

The four runs were all Wilbur needed. He cruised through the game, allowing only one more hit, an 8th inning single by Jack Pierce. He put down the Tigers 1-2-3 in the 9th to cap a 2-hit shutout in which he faced only 29 batters. The shutout was his second in a row and pushed his record to 8-13. He was now 6-3 after having started the season 2-10. The game itself took 1 hour and 44 minutes. Rob Manfred take note.


The second game wasn't quite as inspiring as the first. Claude Osteen failed to make it through the 1st inning, giving up three runs and only retiring one batter before giving way to Danny Osborn. The Sox weren't in it after that and Detroit cruised to a 9-1 win.
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