Callison Hands Gibson First Loss

Filed under St. Louis Cardinals
May 17, 1968

And on his eighth game, Bob Gibson lost. In the first inning at Connie Mack Stadium before a crowd of 17,034, Johnny Callison hit a two-out home run into the left center field bleachers against Cardinal starter Bob Gibson (7-1). Remarkably, the wrong way clout would be the only Phillie hit for the night. Woodie Fryman (3-3), received from Pittsburgh in the Bunning trade, outdueled the supernatural Gibson with a four-hit shutout as the Phillies defeated Gibson and the Cardinals, 1-0.

In San Francisco, the Giants lost more than a 6-0 game to Chicago. Willie McCovey left the game in the seventh inning after being inadvertently gashed by Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks after the two tangled at first as McCovey attempted to beat out an infield grounder. McCovey’s injured right ankle will cause the slugger to miss at least a week. The third shutout of the night in the National League was hurled in Los Angeles by Bill Singer (5-3) who one-hit the Astros in a 3-0 win. Julio Gotay’s first pitch single up the middle was the only Houston hit. However, a three-run Dodger eighth broke the scoreless deadlock as a Zoilo Versalles’ sacrifice fly and Paul Popovich’s two-run single plated the game’s only runs. It was the sixth straight win for the Dodgers who are gaining ground on the Cardinals. In Pittsburgh, the Bucs continued the Reds’ woes with a seven run outburst in the seventh in a 9-5 triumph. At Shea Stadium, the Braves needed extra innings to defeat the Mets, 4-1. Pinch-hitter Tommie Aaron plated the go-ahead run with a single and Sonny Jackson followed with a two-run triple.

In the American League, The Yankees and Red Sox went into extra frames at Fenway Park. The game marked a return to shortstop by Tom Tresh, who last played shortstop for the Yankees as a rookie in 1962, for the Yanks. Tresh was named the Rookie of the Year and an All-Star shortstop in 1962, but shifted to left field when Tony Kubek returned from the service. A knee operation last fall and reduced weight, have given Tresh better mobility than he has had the last two years. Manager Ralph Houk discusses the shortstop possibility for Tresh in spring training but didn’t try it until Tresh’s legs proved sound. The motivation was to insert more offense as Pepitone took Tresh’s spot in left field. Neither Gene Michael or Ruben Amaro have fielded brilliantly enough to make themselves indispensable. The tactics worked as Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone hit consecutive home runs in the thirteenth inning to give New York a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Jose Tartabull hit a two-run single off rookie Stan Bahnsen, forced into a relief role. But, Bahnsen closed the door on the rally as George Scott grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the contest. Bill Monbouquette, for many years a Boston hero, started for the Yankees.

Washington’s Ed Stroud hit a tenth inning home run to defeat the Tigers, 9-8. Baltimore held on to a 3-2 win in Cleveland as Ellie Hendricks hit a two-run blast.In Chicago, Jerry McNertney hit a three-run roundtripper as the Sox defeated the A’s, 5-1.

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