DATELINE, NEW YORK, BY JIMMY CANNON
Under the lights at the ol ballyard in ‘da Bronx, another pitchers’ duel ensued. Mussina drew normal stuff, while Chandler got good stuff. The Bombers threatened in the 1st, as with 2 outs, Mantle walked, and Ruth doubled. Mick held at 3rd, but Gehrig flied out, deep to RF, so the NYers couldn’t capitalize. IN the 2nd frame, Ripken walked, but Tejada banged into a DP. This loomed large, as Jacobson and West followed with singles, but Williams grounded out to end this threat. In the bottom of the 2nd, Berra and Cano doubled, to thus make it 1-0, Pinstripers. Thereafter, things were quiet on the offensive front for both teams.
Seeking an insurance run in the 7th, Manager Houk inserted Randolph to pinch-hit for Cano, and Willie bunted safely for a base hit. He advanced to 2nd on Scooter’s hit and run grounder, and scored on Henderson’s 2 out double. This made it 2-0, NY. Chandler was meanwhile mowing down the Birds. IN the 8th, against Miller, the Yanks added one last tally, as Mantle walked, moved to 3rd on Gehrig’s bingle, and scored on Meusel’s infield single. That completed the scoring, and Spud was able to finish the shutout.
It was a tough series, with battles in all 3 games. Mussina deserved a better fate, as some of the RN’s just didn’t go the O’s way! Next up is Texas, with hurlers TBD.