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Orioles Shut Out Tigers as Triandos Makes Return to Baltimore

May 20, 1963 - The Baltimore Orioles backed the 5-hit pitching of Milt Pappas (pictured) with 4 home runs today and whipped the Detroit Tigers, 6-0. The Orioles and the White Sox, who also won, gained a tie for first place as the Red Sox lost to the Twins and fell to fourth place, with the Yankees taking third. Jim Gentile and Jerry Adair hit bases-empty homers, and Jack Brandt and Boog Powell each connected with one on. Pappas completed his fourth game in 6 starts and made his won-lost record 4-0. He struck out seven, including former teammate Gus Triandos, who made his first Baltimore appearance this season. Triandos took a called third strike as a pinch hitter, ending the game. Five newsmen were clustered in the Tiger clubhouse afterwards, possibly for the same reason 5,969 people had cheered Triandos a few minutes earlier as he strode to the plate. They were glad to see him. “I’m the first guy who ever held a press conference for striking out!” exclaimed the former Oriole. “Not only that, before I came in to hit, I was the first guy who ever got booed in the bullpen. Somebody called me an old woman out there. Then, when I went up to hit, I knew I couldn’t win. If I get a hit, I know what they’re all thinking: ‘That’s Gus. He always got a hit when we were six runs behind.’ If I struck out: ‘Same old Gus. He always did that too with a runner on base.’ But it is kind of nice to be back, at that.”


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