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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sox Start Strong with 3 Against O's

April 10, 1980 at Chicago –Steve Trout (1-0) looked to be in mid-July form as he tossed 8 1/3 innings for a 3-0 winner on the South Side of Chicago in the season opener. Ed Farmer (1) nailed down the final two outs. The ChiSox reached Orioles legend Jim Palmer (0-1) with a pair of runs in the 1st on RBI from Claudell Washington and Chet Lemon. Jim Morrison (3 hits) doubled in rookie Harold Baines in the 8th.

April 11, 1980 at Chicago – This time it was Baltimore southpaw Mike Flanagan (1-0) overwhelming Sox hitters. The 1979 Cy Young winner yielded just 1 unearned run on 5 hits in 7 innings of work. Dave Ford finished up the 5-1 Orioles win. Ken Singleton had 2 hits and 2 RBI to lead the O’s offense, including a massive 479-foot bomb into the far reaches of the LCF upper deck at Comiskey. It was 6 inches from reaching the rooftop.

April 12, 1980 at Chicago – Under a constant threat of April showers, the White Sox won 6-4. Eddie Murray (1) hit a 2-run shot in the T1 off Richard Dotson (1-0). The Pale Hose answered with a Lamar Johnson (1) 2-run clout. The Sox then added 4 more in the 2nd off Steve Stone (0-1). Mike Squires (3 hits) singled in a run. Bob Molinaro brought home 2 with a base knock. Singleton (2) got a couple back for the visitors with an RBI single in the 6th and a solo shot in the 8th.   

April 13, 1980 at Chicago – Wayne Nordhagen (1) blasted a grand slam in the B1 off Dave Ford (0-1) to set the tone in a 6-0 White Sox whitewashing. It was curious that Ford would get the start after appearing in the previous 3 games in relief. On the hill for Chicago was local HS star Ross Baumgarten (1-0), who was magnificent with 6 2/3 IP of 3-hit shut-out ball. Randy Scarbery retired the final 7 in order. 

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