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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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September 6,1975

Posted 02-24-2018 at 01:43 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 07:39 AM by TommyJohn

September 6,1975
vs. Minnesota Twins
at White Sox Park

The Sox continued to stink up the field as a team, but some players were having standout seasons. Three of them shone in this game.

Jim Kaat took the mound this night going for his 20th win of the season.This was actually Kaat's second attempt at number 20, his first one had ended in a loss to Kansas City.

He received help from another player having a good year, Jorge Orta. Kaat's mound opponent Bert Blyleven put three Sox on base before Orta coaxed a walk to drive in the night's first run.

The Twins immediately got that run back in the top of the 4th when Craig Kusick homered with a man on to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.

The Sox struck back in the bottom of the 5th. Mike Squires, a rookie 1st baseman who had made his major league debut six nights earlier, drew his second walk of the game off Blyleven. Orta then stepped in and smacked a drive that landed in the right field seats for a two run homer to give the Sox a 3-2 lead.

Kaat breezed through the next two innings, setting the side down 1-2-3 both times.

Rich Gossage, still throwing smoke in his breakout season, then came on in the 8th. He allowed two hits, but got out of the inning unscathed and holding the Sox' one run lead.

In the bottom half, Orta once again made a valuable contribution, lashing a base hit. Up stepped old man Deron Johnson, the closest thing to a long ball threat the virtually punchless Sox had in 1975. Deron gave the ball some punch this time, connecting for a two run home run that widened the Sox' lead to 5-2.

Gossage went out for the 9th and got two quick outs before apparently deciding to inject a little excitement, giving up a single to Phil Roof and a walk to Lyman Bostock. Steve Braun came up and smacked a drive to centerfield. However, Nyls Nyman settled under it and caught it to seal the win. Gossage had his 24th save of the season and an ERA of 1.80.

As for Jim Kaat, Roland Hemond's $20,000 waiver reclamation project had his second consecutive 20 win season and the third of his career. Fittingly, it came against the very same team that had given up on him and cut him loose in 1973. Not bad for a guy that Harry Caray was yelling was washed up during the first couple of months of 1974.

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