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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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May 15,1973

Posted 10-22-2017 at 02:15 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:35 PM by TommyJohn

May 15,1973
vs. Oakland A's
at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

The Sox' 9 game streak is snapped by Boston on Monday the 7th. They play the next few games at a .500 clip before heading out to Oakland for a two game hookup with the defending World Series Champions.

The first game sees Ken Holtzman outduel Wilbur Wood 5-1 in a game that lasted a nifty 1 hour, 50 minutes. The second game of the series would go a bit longer than that.

The Sox got down to business right away, loading the bases with one out in the 1st. Rick Reichardt got things going with a double to score two runs. Mike Andrews followed with another double to score a run, but Reichardt was out at home, holding the Sox to 3 runs for the inning.

Stan Bahnsen kept the A's scoreless until the 5th, when Bert Campaneris drove a two run homer into the seats to make it 3-2.

Jorge Orta made it a two run lead in the 8th with a solo home run, but Deron Johnson got both back in the bottom frame with his own home run. Orta, making himself look like the next great thing, then slashed a run scoring triple in the top of the 9th to make it 5-4 Sox.

Terry Forster had things under control with two out in the 9th. Bert Campaneris had walked and stolen second, but Terry induced Gene Tenace to bounce a game-ender to Luis Alvarado at short. Except that this Luis A., never to be mistaken for the other Luis A. that held down the position for many years, booted it and everyone was safe. Reggie Jackson stepped up and slapped a run-scoring single to tie the game. Cy Acosta relieved Forster and got the final out to force extra innings.

The game remained tied until the 12th, when Pat Kelly broke it with a double that scored outfielder John Jeter, the one and only original Jeets.

The A's weren't dead yet, however. Ray Fosse opened the bottom frame with a single and Dal Maxvill bunted his way on. Bill North grounded into a force at 3rd but Campy singled to load them up with one out.

That was it for Acosta. Tanner summoned new Sox Steve Stone to put out the fire. Stone bore down and struck out Joe Rudi. With the game on the line, he worked the count on Gene Tenace to 2-1. "Doesn't this guy ever make an out, this Tenace?" lamented Harry Caray just as Tenace swung and missed for strike two. Stone then uncorked a beauty and Tenace once again swung and missed, ending the game and bringing the heartbeats and blood pressures of Sox fans back down to normal.

The Sox' record now stood at 19-9 and they remained in 1st place, up 2 games on the nearest team.

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