Etchebarren Saves O's From Sweep; Birds Retake Perch

Filed under Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians
June 30, 1967

After a 2-0 blanking by Indians hurler Steve Hargan, the Baltimore Orioles found themselves in more trouble down five runs in the nightcap. But the Orioles rallied without any assistance from their guests and defeated Cleveland, 7-5.

Sam Bowens hit a two-run pinch-hit triple in the bottom of the fifth to get the Birds on the board. Brooks Robinson hit a sixth inning RBI single, and the Indians held a two run lead into the bottom of the eighth. Curt Blefary hit a RBI double to cut the Tribe lead to one. Boog Powell was intentionally passed by Cleveland reliever Steve Bailey to load the bases and set up a force play with two out in the frame. George Culver was summoned by Cleveland manager Joe Adcock to pitch to Etchebarren, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Eddie Fisher. Etchebarren fought off a curve off the outside of the plate and lifted the ball over Tony Horton, the former Red Sox. Right fielder Chuck Hinton raced in, but could not reach the ball that dropped just fair along the line. Blair and Blefary raced around to score, and the Orioles had scored seven unanswered runs for the victory after Moe Drabowsky closed out the Cleveland ninth.

In Kansas City, Jim Nash blanked Boston, 2-0, which dropped the Red Sox a half game back, one day after the Sox had taken the lead in the American League. The comeback victory was significant to the Orioles who lost the lead the day after losing Triple Crown slugger Frank Robinson in a collision with White Sox infielder Al Weis.

6/30/1967, CLE67-BAL67, game 2, Memorial Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1967 Cleveland         2  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0     5 11  0     8  1
1967 Baltimore         0  0  0  0  2  1  0  4  x     7 10  1     4  2

Cleveland            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Alvis             3b  5  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .260    2  3  0  0
Hinton            rf  5  1  3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .227    1  0  0  0
Wagner            lf  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  .228    0  0  0  0
Demeter           cf  5  0  1  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .280    1  1  0  0
Azcue             c   4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .287   10  0  0  0
Horton            1b  3  0  1  1  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .386    7  1  0  0
Salmon            2b  2  1  2  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .295    1  3  0  0
Brown             ss  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .249    1  2  0  0
 Whitfield        ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .242    0  0  0  0
 Gonzalez         pr  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .237    0  0  0  0
Pena              p   3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    1  0  0  0
 Allen            p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Maye             ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .288    0  0  0  0
 Bailey           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Culver           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     35  5 11  5  3  0  0  2  4  0  0  0  1  1  1         24 10  0  0

Baltimore            AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Aparicio          ss  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .226    1  4  0  0
Snyder            rf  4  2  2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .262    2  0  0  0
Blair             cf  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .327    4  0  0  0
Robinson,B        3b  4  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .307    0  4  0  0
Blefary           lf  4  1  2  1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .244    2  0  0  0
Powell            1b  3  2  1  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  .191    9  0  1  0
Roznovsky         c   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .220    3  0  0  0
 Fisher           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Etchebarren      ph  1  0  1  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .251    0  0  0  0
 Drabowsky        p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .083    0  0  0  0
Johnson,D         2b  3  1  1  1  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .268    5  5  0  0
McNally           p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .188    0  1  0  0
 Hardin           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Bowens           ph  1  0  1  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .244    0  0  0  0
 Watt             p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .333    0  1  0  0
 Haney            ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .276    1  0  0  0
                     32  7 10  7  2  1  0  3  9  0  0  1  0  0  0         27 15  1  0

Cleveland                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Pena                             5.0  6  3  3  1  4  72  43   22  0  0  0  0  0  3.75
Allen            H 3             2.0  0  0  0  0  4  27  16    5  0  0  0  0  1  1.59
Bailey           H 4, L 2-1      0.2  2  4  4  2  1  28  11    6  0  1  0  0  0  5.68
Culver           BS 1            0.1  2  0  0  0  0   9   6    2  0  0  0  0  0  2.48
                                 8.0 10  7  7  3  9 136  76   35  0  1  0  0  1

Baltimore                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
McNally                          4.1  9  5  5  1  1  78  54   23  0  0  0  0  1  4.04
Hardin                           0.2  1  0  0  0  0  13   9    4  0  0  1  1  0  4.15
Watt                             2.0  0  0  0  0  2  22  15    6  0  0  0  0  0  2.53
Fisher           W 5-1           1.0  0  0  0  1  0  10   5    3  0  0  0  0  1  2.93
Drabowsky        S 8             1.0  1  0  0  0  1  15   9    4  0  0  0  0  0  1.71
                                 9.0 11  5  5  2  4 138  92   40  0  0  1  1  2

CLE: Whitfield batted for Brown in the 8th
     Gonzalez ran for Whitfield in the 8th
     Maye batted for Allen in the 8th
     Salmon moved to ss in the 8th
     Gonzalez moved to 2b in the 8th
BAL: Bowens batted for Hardin in the 5th
     Haney batted for Watt in the 7th
     Haney moved to c in the 8th
     Etchebarren batted for Fisher in the 8th

GWRBI: Etchebarren
Temperature: 92, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 13 MPH.

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