Phil Marchildon outlasted Joe Dobson and Earl Johnson as the A’s won the season opener 5-4 in 11 innings, the first game of a doubleheader.
The A’s 19-game winner in 1947, testing his ’48 fastball, must have thought he was on a driving range as Sockers, Stan Spence, Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr swatted successively homers in the second inning for what appeared a sufficient 3 to 1 lead behind Joe Dobson’s fine mound efforts.
However, Marchildon calmly pocketed his fast ball, and using a good curve and plenty of heart would up top man before 22,409 early risers.
Marchildon gave seven blows, four after the third inning and walked five. He didn’t strike out a man, but left nine on the bases.
The A’s put a Sam Chapman single and Pete Suder double together in the fifth for a marker and bracketed their fourth, fifth and sixth two-baggers off the bats of Barney McCosky, rookie Don White and Hank Madjeski in the eighth to tie the contest.
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