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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 6,1977

Posted 04-29-2018 at 01:58 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-16-2018 at 02:47 PM by TommyJohn

June 6,1977
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

The Yankees took the rubber match of the three game set with the Sox by clubbing six home runs, two of which jumped off the bats of ex-Sox Carlos May and Bucky Dent. The Sox then headed out to Minnesota for a two game set with the first place Twins. The Sox were two games behind at the start of the series, a sweep would put them in 1st by percentage points.

Ken Brett took the mound and did a fine job, holding them to two runs in the first 6 innings. The Sox, meanwhile, rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take the lead in the top of the 7th, with Lamar Johnson singling Alan Bannister in for the go ahead run. However, Brett gave it right back in the bottom of the 7th when he gave up a leadoff home run to Dan Ford to tie the game.

The Sox broke the tie in the top of the 8th when Richie Zisk stepped up with the bases loaded. First, Twins reliever Tom Burgmeier uncorked a wild pitch to score Jim Essian and move the runners up one base. Ron Schueler came on in relief and Zisk lofted a sacrifice fly which brought Alan Bannister home from 3rd.

The Sox took the 5-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th. Brett walked the first batter, then gave way to Lerrin LaGrow, who allowed a single to put men on 1st and 2nd. Butch Wynegar grounded out to move up the runners, then Lyman Bostock smacked a single to score both and tie the game.

The game remained tied at 5 until the top of the 12th. The Sox put two runners on for Zisk, who singled to drive one run in. With Oscar Gamble due up, Twins manager Gene Mauch relieved Ron Schueler with a lefty named Tom Holly.

Normally, Oscar Gamble was platooned and rarely faced left-handed pitching. Bob Lemon's expected counter-move never happened though, and Gamble was allowed to bat. He justified the manager's confidence by lashing a line shot into the right field stands for his 11th home run of the year, and his first off a left-hander. The blast gave the Sox a 9-5 lead.

LaGrow got two quick outs in the bottom of the inning before yielding a single to hot-hitting Rod Carew, whose average stood at .379. Lemon called on Bart Johnson, who struck out Larry Hisle to end it. The win put the Sox within a game of the Twins.

First place was not to be for the moment, however. The next night the Twins tied it in the 9th once again, then won it in the 11th on an Alan Bannister error. The loss left the Sox at 29-22. They left the twin cities in the exact same position as when they had arrived-two games in back.

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