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Games and Moments June 24, 1969

Posted 04-17-2017 at 07:20 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-06-2017 at 02:04 PM by TommyJohn

Games and Moments

June 24, 1969
vs. Seattle Pilots
at Sick's Stadium

The Sox continue their west coast swing with a stop in Seattle for a four spot, starting with a twi-night doubleheader this night.

The Sox take the first one 6-4, with Wilbur Wood getting the win in relief. It was in the second game, though, that the fireworks flew.

In this game, the M&M Boys (May and Melton) continued to lay waste to AL pitching.

Carlos kicked off the festivities with his 15th home run of the season in the top of the 1st.

This game, however, belonged to the other M(elton). The rookie 3rd baseman took Fred Talbot deep in the top of the 2nd for his 9th homer of the season, which helped stake the Sox to a 3-2 lead.

Beltin' Bill wasn't through. He hit another one off Talbot in the 4th for his second home run of the game. In the top of the 6th, with the game tied 4-4 he came up against reliever John O'Donoghue. Melton stepped in to a serving and crushed it high and deep. The ball sailed straight and true, into the stands for his 3rd home run of the game.

Melton, with that home run, became only the fifth player in team history to hit three home runs in one game, and the first to accomplish the feat since Tommy McCraw had done it in May of 1967.

Bill had a chance to make some history in the top of the 9th when he stepped in against Diego Segui, who had just given up a four bagger to Ed Herrmann. Melt stepped into an offering and launched it to left field. This one didn't have quite enough distance, landing less than 10 feet from the fence. He had to settle for a double.

The Sox made sure that Melton's historic night didn't happen in vain, winning 7-6 to sweep the DH. Gary Peters, the starter and winner of McCraw's 3 homer game in the glorious, bygone year of 1967, was also the starter for this game. Alas, he wasn't able to stick around for the end this time. Wilbur Wood relieved and won his second game of the evening (not the last time he would accomplish that feat).

The two wins left the Sox at 30-35, 6 games back and still in a struggle to attain .500 and respectability.

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