Five nights later in Chicago, Stange had a three-hitter in the ninth, but the score was 1-1. Singles put runners at first and third, with no one out. Wynn showed his white towel from the bullpen, but he sat down as Stange walked Ward intentionally to fill the bases. Everybody in the bullpen sat down because, with Bill Skowron at bat and Smoky Burgess looking for a bat, it was an either-or situation.
With that slider that doesn't do much, Stange struck Skowron out on three pitches low and away. Stange, a right-hander, listened to Tebbetts as Burgess, baseball's premier left-handed pinch hitter, waddled to the plate. "He told me not to try to throw the fast ball by him, because you can't," Stange said after the game. Burgess rapped the slider on one hop to Pedro Gonzalez for a double play. The Indians were out of a jam, and they won for Stange in the 11th.
"I thought the kid had gone far enough and done well enough," Tebbetts explained, "that he deserved a chance to lose it himself. Besides, with the bases loaded and none out, you can stick, the percentages in your eye. Either the man hits right at somebody or you go home.
"I don't feel any sorrier for Al Lopez than he would for me," Tebbetts added, '"but that was a tough way to lose."
It was even tougher on White Sox Coach Tony Cuccinello. "I did the same thing in Kansas City when Al was sick," Cuccinello said. "I wasn't even looking for the double play. I wanted the force at home. So the pitcher hit the batter with the first pitch, and we lost.
" Tony recalled, "was quite critical about it. I wonder what they're going to say about Birdie."