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He's a squirrel, but he knows what he's doing. He moves the ball around all the time, and keeps it low. He throws a fast ball, I think a slider, a screwball that he uses for a changeup, and the sinker.
That's the one they call the spitter. It breaks straight down. He doesn't use it too often, just when he needs a strike and knows the batter will be swinging.
There it is now. The spitter.
Almost on cue, Bauer turned and asked the plate umpire to examine the ball, though later Bauer half-jokingly denied to Maglie that he thought it was a spit ball. "I just didn't see it," he said. "I thought maybe he had a black ball out there, maybe one with a little tar on it."
The Braves' dormant power finally came to life in the second, when they scored. They got another run in the third and knocked Bobby Shantz out of the game in the fourth, when Wes Covington's single scored two runs.
Earlier, Covington had made a spectacular one-handed catch of Shantz's two-out line drive with two men on base. The catch saved at least two runs and received wide acclaim from newspaper and television commentators. Maglie did not agree:
It was a nice catch, but he should have had it in his lap. He was playing in too close for Shantz. Shantz is a good hitter. He misjudged the ball. He didn't get started in time. That wasn't a great catch. He was lucky.
Later, however, Maglie gave high praise to Joe Adcock for a play that was relatively unnoticed. Adcock took a grounder and threw to second base hard just in time to force Mickey Mantle. The next batter followed with a double that would have scored Mickey and brought the Yankees to within one run of a tie. Maglie said: