Game 2 of the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox simulation ended horribly as you can see from the box score. It was actually quite infuriating with how well it began. I decided to get cute with the in-game managing which was what ultimately cost me a game that the Red Sox actually did historically lose 8-5.
It started off quite well, however. As I said in my game 1 recap, I decided to refer to Baseball Reference to see the actual historical Red Sox lineup. In this game, human managers' teams still have CPU "optimized" lineups. So I replaced Dennis Bennett, the 1967 Red Sox's nominal #2 starter, with the historical starter righty Bucky Brandon.
The game started off beautifully for the Red Sox, with Tony Conigliaro jacking a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, followed up by a "long tater" by first baseman George Scott (who was accurately starting this game). I kept the lineup more like the historic one, although I kept Reggie Smith in center field over Jose Tartabull. That ended up being a good move, as he went 2 for 6 with an RBI. Interestingly, Reggie Smith originally started at second base in this game. Catcher Mike Ryan started over game 1 starter Bob Tillman - Tillman did not play in the historical game 1.
Everything was going quite well until the fifth inning when starter Brandon ran into some trouble. Consulting the historical game, I relieved him for the sixth with Hank Fischer, who pitched two fine innings. It was after that when things went awry. For the eighth, I decided to bring in lefty Sparky Lyle with a 7-4 lead with two lefties due up. He had a rocky inning and surrendered a run. But we were still in good shape going into the ninth. I brought in historical closer John Wyatt. He proceeded to not only let the White Sox tie the game, but imploded so badly that we ended up losing the game 9-7. I was furious and almost replayed the game - alas it saved...
What actually happened: The real Red Sox lost the second game of the season 8-5, but due to horrendous defense in the 9th inning. So oddly enough, in both games, Boston lost in ugly fashion, but it was five total errors by the Red Sox in that game that sunk them historically. In this game, Wyatt, who would be a reliable closer in real life, imploded due to an apparently very poor decision made on my part.
Due to the horrible results of these first two games, I will no longer be doing play-by-play managing of these games. I'll leave the simulation completely to the computer. Especially for the sake of time, it will make the simulations more accurate. Being blown to bits for 20 runs in the first two games by an inept offensive team like the '67 White Sox is simply not cool... and the Yankees are coming up next. Hopefully, this horrendous loss won't cost us the pennant down the road. Let's blame stupid randomness and horrible luck on this sad beginning. After all, the in-game owner only expects us to play roughly .500 ball. Let's prove them wrong.