World Series – Game 4 – Yankees

Well, the Yankees proved they aren’t done by knocking around Red Sox ace Tex Hughson 7 ER in 5.1 IP. Yankees starter Bill Stafford wasn’t much better allowing 5 ER in 5.2 IP, but he was good enough to keep the Yankees in a slug-fest.

Game 4 – Box Score

Aside from a shaky relief appearance by Danny McDevett, the Yankees bullpen shut down the Red Sox over the last 2.2 Innings.

Game 5 at Yankees Stadium tonight.

Game Recap:

In a game the Yankees had to have they looked to Bill Stafford to show the way. In the top of the first he delivered a nice 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the first the Yankees provided a rare lead in this series. A leadoff off double by Bobby Richardson and a sac fly put a runner on third with one out. Roger Maris struck out swinging before Mickey Mantle singled home the game’s first run. Stafford set them down in order again in the second and the Yankees came up empty as well in the bottom frame. In the top of the third, the RedSox tied the game, a one out single by Hal Wagner, a two out walk to Wally Moses and a line drive single to right by Johnny Pesky brought in the run. In the top of the fourth the Sox went ahead when Bobby Doerr singled in Ted Williams who had reached on an error and been singled to third by Rudy York. It would stay 2-1 until the bottom of the 5th when Elston Howard smacked a leadoff double and went to third on a infield groundout. Johnny Blanchard singled him home to even the score. In the top of the sixth, the floodgates opened up and the Sox scored four times. Dom Dimaggio singled and stole second. Ted Williams was walked intentionally after the count had gone to 2-0. Rudy York doubled to center scoring Dimaggio. Doerr was walked to load the bases, still nobody out. Higgins grounded out on a slow roller to first advancing the runners and scoring Williams. After a popout by Wagner for the second out Leon Culberson singled York home for the fourth run of the inning, the Sox now led 6-2.

With their backs up against the wall the Yankees found something, finally a big inning striking back with six in the bottom of the sixth. After Maris led off with a flyout, Mantle singled, Yogi Berra singled and Bud Skowron singled Mantle in and Berra to third. Elston Howard grounded a full count pitch to left for another single bringing Berra in. After a wild pitch by Hughson put the runners on second and third, Clete Boyer laced a double to the leftfield corner scoring both. Blanchard was walked intentionally and Mace Brown was called in from the pen. Bobby Richardson tried to bunt and the lead runner was thrown out at third. Tony Kubek doubled to the gap in left scoring both Blanchard and Richardson. Yankees now had the lead back 8-6 through six.

Danny McDevitt came on in relief and got Pesky to fly out to start the seventh. Dimaggio singled to left bringing up the ever dangerous Ted Williams. Williams hit a 1-0 breaking ball deep to right for a two run homer to tie the game at eight. Sensing the urgency of the game, McDevitt’s night was over as Rollie Sheldon was brought in to get out of the inning without further damage. In the bottom of the seventh, Bill Skowron started things with a single over second. After Howard and Boyer made outs pinch runner Lee Thomas was at second for Blanchard. Blanchard drove a 3-1 pitch to left that brought in Thomas for a 9-8 lead. The score held and the Yankees had stayed alive and showed some life in the batters box with sixteen total hits.

Game 5 : Mickey Harris (3-0) vs. Bud Daley (1-1)