June 8, 1967.Horlen Won his 7th in a row during 1st game.
June 8, 1967 Comiskey Park DoubleHeader w/ Red Sox
Chicago Sun Times by Ed Munzel:
< Insofar as the pennant race is concerned, the Chicago White Sox again were spinning their wheels Thursday, even as they had been for the entire homestand.
They divided a doubleheader with the Red Sox capturing the opener 5-2 and losing the nightcap 7-3, and thereby also split in their eight-game homestand.
A winning record on the tour just ahead looks like an insurmontable task. The White Sox play nine games on the road in the next 7 days, having doubleheaders in New York and Boston. It will put tremendous pressure on the pitching staff, which has shown occasional signs of cracking a bit of late.
Failure of the pitching department cost the White Sox the nightcap Thursday when Bruce Howard was knocked out amid a five-run explosion in the second inning.
Fortunately Thursday's nightcap debacle was balanced by another brilliant effort by Joe Horlen who fired a six-hitter in the opener for his seventh straight victory of the season.
Horlen, who now has hurled four complete games and has an earned run average of 2.14, had his curveball working effectively once he shook off first-inning wildness. In evidence there were 17 balls hit on the ground with 16 of them going for outs.
Only runs off Horlen came in the first inning - via a walk, SB and Yaz' double -- and in the 7th on Joe Foy's HR.
"I just couldn't get loose at the start", said Horlen. "I was stiff around the top of the shoulders, probably because I slept with the air-conditioning on last night" >
Gerry McNertney and Ken Berry blasted homeruns in the 1st game leading Chicago's 10-hit barrage.
Tommie Agee and Walt Williams also had key hits in the 5-2 win. Joe Horlen's childhood friend, Gary Bell, hurled a complete game in the nightcap allowing 9 hits and 3 earned runs gaining his 2nd Win of the year. Tommy McCraw had 2 rbi's and Ron Hansen a solo shot in the losing effort.
Tommie Agee scores from first on a single by Tom McCraw in the first inning of the nightcap, sliding past Boston Red Sox catcher John Gibson.