MLB Memory Lane: July 10, 1977

I went to a lot of baseball games before I started working in baseball.  MLB Memory Lane is a look back at some of those games.

This week: Polish Appreciation Day at County Stadium is a doubleheader against YAZ and the Red Sox.

YAZ!

YAZ!

Date: July 10, 1977
Teams: Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers
Stadium: Milwaukee County Stadium
Seat Location: First row behind the first base dugout.
With: Family

First, these were the best seats I have ever had for a game.  My cousin Keith and I brought our gloves to the game and were convinced that – at some point of the doubleheader – there would be a screaming line drive hit right at us and one of us would make the catch.

Looking back at 8-year old me, I am glad that did not happen.

The setup for this twinbill was not looking good for the Brewers.  They were 39-43 and in fifth place in the AL East.  Boston was 45-35 and tied with Baltimore for second place in the division, just one game back of the New York Yankees.

Milwaukee had won the night before with Jerry Augustine picking up the win over Fergie Jenkins.

The doubleheader pitching matchups featured Larry Sorenson against Luis Tiant in game one and Mike Caldwell against Rick Wise in game two.

Game one was actually a pretty good game.  Not that it started out that way.

Boston got to Sorenson for three runs in the second inning.  Denny Doyle drove in a run with a sacrifice fly that drove in Bernie Carbo.  Jim Rice made it 3-0 with a two-out, two-run single to score Butch Hobson and Rick Burleson.

The first two Sox to bat in the top of the third – Carlton Fisk and George Scott – singled off Sorenson and Alex Grammas had seen enough.  The Brewers manager went to the bullpen for Sam Hinds…who promptly walked Carbo to load the bases.  But, Hinds got out of the inning with no runs scoring.

Robin Yount started the Brewers comeback in the fourth.  He singled, stole second, went to third on a Cecil Cooper single, and scored on a Sal Bando sacrifice fly.

Sixto Lezcano tripled to start the fifth and scored on a Von Joshua sacrifice fly.

Yount and Bando were on base with two out in the sixth inning when Don Money singled to right.  Yount scored on the hit and an error by Carbo let Bando score all the way from first for a 4-3 Brewers lead.

Hinds walked the first two batters (Fisk & Scott)  in the Red Sox seventh.  So, on came Bob McClure to put out the fire.  The Red Sox went to pinch-hitter Ramon Aviles, who – in his first MLB plate appearance – dropped a sacrifice bunt.

FUN FACT: This was the only plate appearance Aviles had with the Red Sox.  He went on to play parts of the 1979-1981 season with the Philadelphia Phillies.

BACK TO THE GAME:  McClure intentionally walked Butch Hobson to load the bases and Bill Castro relieved to face pinch hitter Rick Miller.

Miller lofted a fly ball to left field.  Was it deep enough to score Fisk?  Did Jamie Quirk have a strong enough arm to get Fisk at the plate?

Yes! Double play! Brewers were up 4-3 heading to the stretch.

In the bottom of the seventh, Joshua was called out on strikes by Durwood Merrill.  Just as Quirk – the next batter – was ready to swing and ground out, Merrill called time and ejected Joshua from the game.  It was kind of intense.  Then, Quirk doubled!  Then, pinch-runner Jim Wohlford got picked off second base to end the inning.

The game remained 4-3…until the ninth.  Castro got the first two outs, but Hobson singled, Miller singled, and Burleson singled to drive in Hobson.  Eduardo Rodriguez had to come on to strike out Fred Lynn for the final out.

The Brewers had runners at second and third with one out in the tenth, but Yount grounded out and – after Cooper was intentionally walked – Bando flew out to center.

Of course the Red Sox would score four times in the top of the 11th.  Burleson tripled in the first run.  Gary Beare relieved Rodriguez and went: intentional walk to Lynn, RBI single to Rice, wild pitch, walk to Yastrzemski, sacrifice fly by Fisk, RBI single to Scott.

Steve Brye would double in Sixto Lezcano in the bottom of the eleventh, but the Red Sox won game one 8-5.

The second game, ugh, I really don’t want to write about this game because Mike Caldwell was not yet MIKE CALDWELL!  Oh, he gave up a lot of hits, but he did not make it out of the second inning.

George “Boomer” Scott hit a homer to start the second.  Two years earlier this would have made me happy, since he played for the Brewers.   Then, it all became a blur:

Hobson doubled to left; Evans reached on a fielder’s choice [Hobson out at third (pitcher to second to third)]; Dillard singled to center [Evans to second]; Miller singled to center [Evans scored, Dillard scored (error by Joshua), Miller to third]; Burleson singled to right [Miller scored]; Burleson stole second; Lynn walked; SORENSEN REPLACED CALDWELL (PITCHING); Rice forced Lynn (third to second); 4 R, 5 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Red Sox 4, Brewers 0

Yep. Alex Grammas went to Larry Sorenson, the Brewers starter in game one, to relieve Caldwell in the second inning.

How do you think the Boston third inning went?

RED SOX 3RD: Scott reached on an error by Yount; Fisk singled [Scott to third, Fisk to second (on throw to 3b)]; Hobson singled to shortstop [Scott scored (unearned), Fisk stayed at second]; Evans singled to left [Fisk scored, Hobson to third (error by Quirk), Evans to second]; CARBO RAN FOR EVANS; Dillard singled to left [Hobson scored, Carbo to third]; MCCLURE REPLACED SORENSEN (PITCHING); Miller made an out to second; Burleson grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first) [Dillard out at second]; 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 2 E, 1 LOB. Red Sox 7, Brewers 0.

The Brewers did get a run in the fourth as Von Joshua singled and scored on a Jamie Quirk double.

I am trying to remember why the decision was made to leave this game.  If it were up to me we would have stayed for the end of the second game no matter what, but since I was 8 and I would have been told to walk home, I reluctantly started heading to the car.

The decision may have been made easier when it was announced that Ken McMullen was coming into the game for Robin Yount.

Here’s the thing that I remember most about this doubleheader.  We were nearing the car in the parking lot when there was this loud roar from the crowd.  My cousin and I turned around and we saw the balloons above Bernie’s Chalet.  We knew that we had missed a Brewers home run.  I believe this is the first time I understood the word ‘crestfallen’.

Sorry I missed your home run, Don!

Sorry I missed your home run, Don!

It was not until we got to the car that we discovered the home run was hit by Don Money.  We also missed a Don Money RBI grounder – after a Jim Wohlford triple – in the bottom of the seventh.

But, we did not miss a huge comeback by the Brewers as they lost game two 7-3 and got swept by the Red Sox.

GAME ONE LINEUP:

   Boston Red Sox                Milwaukee Brewers        
1. Burleson            ss        Sheldon             dh
2. Lynn                cf        Yount               ss
3. Rice                dh        Cooper              1b
4. Yastrzemski         lf        Bando               3b
5. Fisk                c         Money               2b
6. Scott               1b        Lezcano             rf
7. Carbo               rf        Joshua              cf
8. Hobson              3b        Quirk               lf
9. Doyle               2b        Moore               c
   Tiant               p         Sorensen            p

HALL OF FAMERS:
Jim Rice: 3-for-6, RUN, 3RBI
Carl Yastrzemski: 1-for-5, STOLEN BASE!
Carlton Fisk: 1-for-4, RBI
Robin Yount: 2-for-5, 2 RUNS, stolen base

GAME TWO LINEUPS:

   Boston Red Sox                Milwaukee Brewers        
1. Burleson            ss        Yount               ss
2. Lynn                cf        Money               2b
3. Rice                lf        Cooper              1b
4. Scott               1b        Bando               dh
5. Fisk                c         Joshua              cf
6. Hobson              3b        Quirk               lf
7. Evans               dh        Brye                rf
8. Dillard             2b        Johnson             3b
9. Miller              rf        Haney               c
   Wise                p         Caldwell            p

HALL OF FAMERS:
Jim Rice: 1-for-5
Carlton Fisk: 1-for-4, RUN
Robin Yount: 0-for-2, error

Retrosheet boxscore (Game One)
Retrosheet boxscore (Game Two)

Baseball Reference WPA Chart (Game One)
Baseball Reference WPA Chart (Game Two)

Past MLB Memory Lane entries:
Rally against The Eck & Walkoff the A’s (1989)

Dennis Lamp near no-hitter (1981)

Teddy & Team Streak (1987)

Chester Marcol steals the show (1980)

Nolan Ryan at Wrigley (1987)

Larry Hisle beats Louisiana Lightning (1978)

Bonds, Kent, Burks ruin my dad's 60th birthday (1999)

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