Monday, February 3, 2014
Pilots ring Chisox Bell to take 2 of 3 including home opener
GAME 1: 14,993 enthusiastic souls came to see major league baseball's first ever opening day in the Pacific Northwest. After dropping a pair on the road to the Angels the newly minted Pilots, behind a complete game effort from Gary "Ding Dong" Bell, won their home opener 7-3. Slugger Don Mincher (3-3) was perfect at the plate. The big man from Huntsville, Alabama hit a 2 run shot and knocked in 4 of Seattle's 7 runs. Tommy Harper (3-5) also blasted a homer and stole to bags.
Pilots 7, White Sox 3 - WP-Bell (1-0, 3.00), LP-Horlen (0-1, 7.50)
GAME 2: Down 6-1 after 7 1/2 innings of play the Pilots were given up for dead. Then magically the home team's offense went on fire to score 7 runs over the final 2 innings to save starter Diego Segui from defeat. Tommy Davis and Don Mincher both hit homers in the 8th off of embattled reliever Bob Locker with the former knocking in 3 on the day. John Kennedy, who replaced Ray Oyler as a pinch hitter, was a perfect 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Former Yankee Jim Bouton got the win with a shaky 9th inning performance. Bouton floated knuckleballs and looked quite studious in the pen writing notes all game long.
Pilots 8, White Sox 7 - WP-Bouton (1-0, 6.00), LP-Locker (0-1, 36.00)
GAME 3: The expansion Pilots jumped out to a 3 run lead after 2 innings and looked poised for the sweep of the Southsiders. Overconfidence and lack of talent did the boys in as Marty Pattin, Jim Bouton and Gene Brabender combined to give up 11 runs to the Pale Hose. Pete Ward, who's now hitting at a cool .444 clip banged out 3 hits and scored a run. Backstop Don Pavletich knocked in 3. Leadoff man Buddy Bradford was 2-3 with a walk and 2 runs scored as the Chisox broke up the sweep.
White Sox 11, Pilots 4 - WP-Peters (1-1, 4.50), LP-Bouton (1-1, 8.53)