Baseballs

May 17, 1973

Detroit Tigers center fielder Mickey Stanley’s 10th-inning sacrifice fly left Luis Tiant and the Red Sox on the short end of a 6-5 score.

Note: Tiant was not pitching in relief.

Few scribes bothered reporting pitch counts back then, especially for games played on Wednesday nights in May. As Tiant went the distance, the Tigers used three pitchers, which could produce some jaw-dropping by today’s standards.

Anyone growing up in a time when teams struggle deciding if they need a 13- or 14-man pitching staff may have trouble beliving this

In the top of the 10th, umpire John Flaherty ejected Carl Yastrzemski and manager Eddie Kasko after after a called third strike. The pitch, according Yaz, was so far off the plate it looked like a pitch-out.

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