June 4: Chicago 5, Baltimore 4
Eddie Cicotte and Chris Sale are becoming quite a 1-2 punch in the White Sox rotation. Sale took his turn on the mound in this one, and had little trouble in his seven innings against an often-times explosive Baltimore lineup.
Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm had plenty of trouble with the O’s in the eighth inning though. Wilhelm got his first man out, but then a Bobby Grich single preceded a Frank Robinson bomb, after which George Sisler singled and Eddie Murray drew a walk. That was it for Wilhelm. In came Terry Forster, who served up an RBI single to Ken Williams to shrink Chicago’s lead to 5-4. Forster composed himself and retired the next two batters to keep Chicago’s narrow lead intact.
Keith Foulke had ninth inning mound duties for Chicago, and was squirming after his first two batters went single-walk. Bobby Grich then flew into the first out, and Frank Robinson rolled into a game-ending double play.
R H BB BAL 000 001 030 - 4 9 4 CHI 021 002 00x - 5 8 7 HR: F. Robinson (12) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Niggeling 5.1 5 5 0 6 0 C. Sale 7.0 1 1 0 2 9 BAL 33-22, CHI 26-29
June 5: Chicago 9, Baltimore 2
Ed Walsh gave the Sox another excellent outing the next day. Jim Palmer had a blah day for Baltimore, and Baltimore reliever Gregg Olson made things worse by hitting two batters and walking another before Frank Thomas bashed a grand slam.
R H BB BAL 001 000 001 - 2 5 3 CHI 120 001 41x - 9 7 7 HR: F. Thomas (10), P. Konerko (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Palmer 6.0 4 4 0 3 0 E. Walsh 9.0 2 1 0 3 6 BAL 33-23, CHI 27-29
June 6: Baltimore 5, Chicago 4 (11 innings)
Baltimore has spent the season near the top of the standings, and Chicago has gotten used to being near the bottom, but the Orioles had to fight tooth and nail to salvage one game in this series. The White Sox singled and doubled their way to a 3-0 lead after five innings, but in the top of the sixth, Red Faber walked two and surrendered singles to Ken Williams and Cal Ripken that got the birds within 2-3. Ken Singleton tied the game with a solo shot in the seventh.
It remained tied until the top of the 10th, when George Sisler led off with a single and stolen base, and Frank Robinson drove him in. But Baltimore reliever Darren O’Day couldn’t make the one run lead hold up in the bottom of the 10th, as singles from Eddie Collins and Joe Jackson set up a Frank Thomas RBI sac fly.
Matt Wieters grabbed the lead back for Baltimore in the top of the 11th with a solo dinger, and O’Day stayed in for a second inning and made this one run lead stick.
R H BB BAL 000 002 100 11 - 5 12 5 CHI 002 010 000 10 - 4 12 2 HR: K. Singleton (5), M. Wieters (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO H. Howell 9.0 3 3 0 2 6 R. Faber 6.1 3 3 1 4 2 BAL 34-23, CHI 27-30