Lucky 13: A’s top ChiSox in 13 Innings
CHICAGO–August 7. Bert Campaneris slipped a bunt past Keith Foulke, then stole second and third, and scored on Max Bishop’s third RBI of the game, in the top of the 13th inning, completing a comeback win over the White Sox last night, to take a 2-1 lead in the four game series. The Chicago team is now 2-7 in extra inning games at home this season.
Oakland trailed 4-1 against the White Sox ace, Ed Walsh, who came into the game 13-1 on the season, but hadn’t won many games lately. A three run rally against Walsh, including an RBI single from Bishop and a two run triple by Al Simmons, tied the game and sent the Sox hurler to the showers. Bishop was only playing in the series because Eddie Collins was in the home dugout for Chicago in this series. He’s 4 for 15 with 4 RBIs as a replacement callup with one game left in the series, and hoping his manager will give him some more chances.
Walsh faced the minimum through 4.2 innings, giving up only two singles in the first five innings, with one of those erased on a second inning double play ground out off the bat of Jason Giambi.
Meanwhile, Nellie Fox, continuing to lead the Sox in hitting, at a .393 clip after the game’s 2 for 4 and 2 walks day, singled to lead off the bottom of the second off Tim Hudson. Magglio Ordonez moved Fox to third on a hit and run base knock. With Luis Aparicio at the plate, a Hudson wild pitch eluded Mickey Cochrane and Fox raced home with the first run of the game. Aparicio grounded out, and Willie Kamm walked. Lance Johnson then singled home Ordonez to make it 2-0. Hudson got out of the inning with a pop out by Shoeless Joe and a ground out by Paul Konerko. Fox by the way, has 33 hits in 92 plate appearances, and is striving to get more playing time, with Collins hitting only .256 for the Chicagoans.
It stayed that way, with Hudson settling down and giving up only a couple of singles in the fourth and sixth. Oakland got on the board in the sixth. Mule Haas led off the inning with a single, and after a Miguel Tejada pop out, Home Run Baker rapped a hit and run bingle to put runners at the corners. It was Bishop time. He got the first of his three RBIs of the game with a smash to right field, making it 2-1. Jimmie Foxx crushed a long drive to the left field corner but Joe Jackson hauled it in, and Simmons struck out, ending the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Hudson walked Kamm, and then the Sox center fielder Johnson drove a triple down the line in right, this third hit of a 4 of 7 night, scoring Kamm. Hudson was replaced by Rollie Fingers. Joe Jackson blooped a single over the head of Tejada and Johnson trotted home, making it 4-1. Fingers got two outs from Konerko and the Big Hurt, but walked AJ Pierzynski and Nellie Fox, loading the bases. But Mags lashed a line drive to the left of Baker at third and his leaping catch ended the scoring for Chicago.
Haas again singled off Haas, moving to second on a high hop grounder by Tejada that Aparicio had to throw to first to get the out. After Baker grounded out to Konerko, Bishop got his second RBI, plating Haas with a single to right field and it was 4-2. Sox pitching coach Jimmy Dykes decided to leave Walsh in. Double XX singled, and then Simmons slammed the triple into the right center field gap, bouncing away from Johnson and Ordonez, and the game was tied.
Hoyt Wilhelm came in for Chicago and got the final out. He’d face 10 batters, retiring them all with a couple of strikeouts, through the 11th. Meanwhile, after a short appearance by Billy Taylor, who gave up a bunt single to Aparicio, a steal of second, and a strikeout of Kamm, Rick Honeycutt came in, and retired all but one of the nine he faced through the tenth, despite his stamina going down in the tenth.
Rube Waddell replaced Honeycutt, making a rare relief appearance. He gave up a single in the eleventh to Lance Johnson, and a walk to Fox plus a hit and run single by Ordonez in the twelfth, but got out of trouble, striking out Eddie Collins in a pinch hit role, and getting Kamm to fly to right.
Keith Foulke pitched the twelfth for Chicago, retiring three. So it was off to the thirteenth inning, and the Campaneris-Bishop show to gain the win. Waddell meanwhile got the Sox in order in the bottom of the inning.
The fourth and final game of the series pits Eddie Cicotte for the home nine versus Barry Zito for the Athletics.
OAK 000 001 030 000 1 — 5 11 0
CHI 020 000 200 000 0 — 4 12 0
WP Waddell (18-4)
LP Foulke (4-3)
MVP Bishop (3 for 6, 3 RBIs including game winning run driven in), Simmons (2 for 6, 2 RBIs on triple to tie game in 8th inning), L Johnson (4 for 7, 1 run, 2 RBIs, including triple)
Gold glove- Jimmie Foxx +1 on great catch of foul pop off bat of Paul Konerko
E – none
2B – Pierzynski
3B – Simmons, L Johnson
GIDP – Giambi (4-6-3)
HBP – Thomas by Hudson
SB – Aparicio, Campaneris (2)