Former wsox twirler Bob Shaw who was one of the best pitchers on the pennant winning '59 team goes against veteran Ray Herbert to open up series. Sox get rbi scoring double by backup catcher Jerry McNertney in 2nd inning and a squeeze bunt by Ray Herbert scored 1 as sox took early 2-0 lead.
Herbert took a 1-hitter into the 7th when Jack Hiatt got on from a Herbert error followed up by a Willie Mays single. Herbert left for Eddie Fisher and Eddie got McCovey, Hart and J. Alou to end the threat. Sox get 1 more in 8th on a Moose Skowron solo blast. Hoyt Wilhelm found himself in trouble in the 9th giving a 1 out single to Mays. With McCovey up one of Hoyts knucklers got past McNertney for a passed ball. Hoyt then walked both Willie M and Hart to load the bases. Sox fans got a jolt when Jesus Alou hit a deep fly out to center for a sac. Wilhelm then got pinch hitter Cap Peterson to end the game... 3-1 WSOX
GM2: At Comiskey- Bolin vs Horlen
Palehose get early manufactured run in 1st on a lead off single by Don Buford, a stolen base, a sac bunt, and a Floyd Robinson RBI single. Pitching again dominated as game stayed 1-0 till Giants 7th when Jim Ray Hart, homerless for the tourney takes Horlen deep to tie game at 1. Horlen then gave up 1 out back to back singles to Gabrielson and Haller. After getting Willie Mays to pop out? he then walked McCovey and was replaced by Wilhelm who promptly gave a 2 run scoring single by Jim Hart to give SF the lead. They would need that 3rd run as Sox made it interesting in 8th stringing together some singles for 1 run. 3-2 Giants. Bobby Bolin win, Linzy save, Horlen loss.
GM 3 At Candelstick: Pizarro vs Marichal
With McCovey and Jim Hart basically doing little in the tourney Willie Mays has carried the team on his back .He continued his great performance belting a 2 run homer in 1st and it looked good for SF with the Dominican dandy on the hill.
Sox got a break in 5th with same score when Gene Stephens reached on a Hal Lanier error to open frame. Ronnie Hansen then bunted and it was bobbled by Marichal for a error.
McNertney sacrificed them over and with Pizzaro up Juan M. unleashed a wild pitch scoring Stephens. Sox could not get any more runs from the gifts. 2-1 Giants.
In sox 8th Lanier gave the Sox another break making a 2 out error. This was followed by Floyd Robinson single. Pete Ward up next and hitting over .360 for the tourney made them pay with a 2 run scoring double to right to give Sox the lead. Eddie Fisher pitched 1 1/3 scoreless the rest of way saving game for Pizzaro (4-0). Laniers 2 errors and Juan's error leads to 3 unearned runs. This changed the momentum of the series it seemed. 3-2 WSox
GM 4: At Candelstick: Peters vs Herbel
Scoreless game till Sox 4th when who else but Pete Ward doubles home a run and 1 out later a perfectly executed squeeze by Gene Stephens gives Sox 2-0 lead. In SF 5th Jim Davenport hits rare solo shot to make it 2-1.
Stayed that way till bottom of 9th Hoyt Wilhelm faces Willie Mays to lead off 9th and of course Willie hits a solo blast to tie game, his 14th of the tourney to lead in that category easily.
Game goes to extras when in 11th with old man Warren Spahn on the hill he gets 2 quick outs and then gives up a double to? Yep, legend Pete Ward. Moose Skowron then gets intentionally walked. Old Sox vet Jim Landis pinch hit for Stephens and delivered a game leading single. Ron Hansen followed with a run scoring single. Eddie Fisher continued to shine pitching 2 hitless innings getting the win. 4-2 Sox.
GM 5: At Candelstick Buzhardt vs Shaw
John Buzhardt gets his 1st start and shines pitching 7.2 of 2 hit ball as Sox take gm 5, 5-0 for series win. Pete Ward of course gets 3 hits 2 runs, 2 rbi. Pete hitting .390 now as Sox only have 1 other starting hitter besides him hitting better than .250. Mays cools off some going 5 for 20 with 2 homers. Marichal with a 0.82 era somehow loses 3 games in tourney. Pete Ward 11 for 25 in series.