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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 13,1973

Posted 11-07-2017 at 08:19 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:40 PM by TommyJohn

July 13,1973
vs. Baltimore Orioles
at White Sox Park

For the second time in five games, the White Sox pull off a dramatic 9th inning comeback. The victim this time is Dave McNally of the Orioles, who took a nifty four-hit shutout into the bottom of the 9th.

The Orioles had staked him to a 2-0 lead via a 6th inning sacrifice fly by Paul Blair and an 8th inning RBI double by ex-Sox Tommie Davis, both off Wilbur Wood, who was going for his 17th win of the season.

McNally helped his own cause in the 5th, when he caught Bill Melton napping at 1st and had him all but picked off. Melty, on base after a single, had no choice but to break for 2nd, where he was easy pickin's for Bobby Grich, who applied the tag. The out was timely, as two batters later Buddy Bradford hit what would have been a run scoring double. Buddy made it to 3rd on a wild pitch, but expired on base when Eddie Leon struck out to end the inning.

The 9th began with Luis Alvarado grounding out. Pat Kelly singled, but Johnny Jeter grounded into a force at 2nd, putting McNally within one out of his shutout.

The Sox had other ideas. Carlos May singled to put men on 1st and 3rd. Oriole manager Earl Weaver had enough and pulled McNally in favor of Bob Reynolds, who proceeded to give up RBI hits to Melton and Henderson, the second of which tied the game. Weaver yanked Reynolds for Eddie Watt, then ordered Buddy Bradford intentionally walked to put runners on 1st and 3rd for Eddie Leon.

Eddie didn't whiff this time, slapping a single through to left field that scored Melton from 3rd base. The Sox walked away 3-2 winners and Wilbur was now 17-12. The Sox were now 46-42, 4 games back.

Time of game was 2 hours, 11 minutes.

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