Monday, September 26, 2011
--submitted by Ron Burnette--
Saturday, August 13, 2011
GAME 1 - Memorial Stadium
Mel Stottlemyre vs Steve Barber
Yankees 7, Orioles 4
Young Mel Stottlemyre was the beneficiary of an offensive revival from the ancient Yankee offense. Clete Boyer (2-4, 3 RBI) and Mickey Mantle (1-4, 2 RBI) both took Oriole starter Steve Barber deep. Baltimore actually out hit the Bombers (12-9), but they were not able to push across enough runs to come out on top.
Yankees lead series 1-0
GAME 2 - Memorial Stadium
White Ford vs Milt Pappas
Orioles 5, Yankees 1
Whitey Ford scratched and clawed his way through 6 innings notching what latter day pundits would call a "quality start" (6 IP / 3 ER). The "Chairman of the Board" fanned 5, but was never able to recover from a 3 run onslaught by the O's in the bottom of the 1st. Young John Wesley "Boog" Powell was impressive going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's + a homer and a triple off of a lefty (Ford). Milt Pappas went the distance on the bump, fanning 9 and allowing just 1 run.
Series tied 1-1
GAME 3 - Yankee Stadium
Dave McNally vs Al Downing
Orioles 5, Yankees 2
Both young hurlers ran out of gas after 6 innings of work. McNally left on top 3-2. It stayed that way until Pete Mikkelsen gave up 2 in the 9th, which provided O's reliever Stu Miller a 3 run margin to easily protect. Curt Blefary had a 3 for 5 day with 2 RBI's for the O's. Brooks Robinson did more than flash his leather going 2 for 5 with an RBI. Hector Lopez was 2 for 3 with an RBI in a losing effort for the Bombers.
Orioles lead series 2-1
GAME 4 - Yankee Stadium
Wally Bunker vs Jim Bouton
Orioles 6, Yankees 0
The luster officially came off on the star that used to be Jim Bouton. New York's young fireballer, who loses his cap on almost every release has been suffering from a severe sore arm, that has robbed him of his velocity. Oriole hitter teed off on the "Bulldog", who hit the showers after giving up 6 runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. Baltimore would not score again, nor would they need to since Wally Bunker was posting goose eggs on the scoreboard for 7+ innings. Rookie fireballer Jim Palmer was called on to get the final 4 outs, which was not a problem for him at all. Boog Powell was the only Oriole starter without a hit. Baltimore had 8 hits, which were recorded by 8 different players. New York looked like a tired and old team during the series. Tommy Tresh and Tony Kubek got New York's only 2 hits.
Orioles win series 3-1
GAME 1 - Forbes Field
Jim Bunning vs Bob Veale
Pirates 6, Phillies 1
A 12 hit, 6 run attack chased Jim Bunning from the hill by the end of the 5th inning. Bob Veale was strong in striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings of work. Al McBean finished off the final 5 outs with a perfect line. The great Roberto Clemente was the story of the day going 2 for 4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Clemente had a double and a homer to pace he Buc offense.
Pirates lead series 1-0
GAME 2 - Forbes Field
Ray Culp vs Vern Law
Philles 7, Pirates 5
Ray Culp had the Pirates offense firmly under control until they solved his mystery in the 8th with 3 runs. The Bucs would add 2 more runs in the 9th, but come up short thanks to the Phightin's 7 run output vs an ineffective Law (6 IP / 6 ER). Clemente again paced the Bucs with a 5 for 5 day, but even his greatness could not dig the Bucs out of the hole Law burried them in. Every Philly starter except catcher Clay Dalrymple had a hit. Centerfielder Tony Gonzalez homered and Tony Taylor had a double and a triple + 3 RBI's from the lead off spot.
Series tied 1-1
GAME 3 - Shibe Park
Don Cardwell vs Chris Short
Phillies 4, Pirates 1
Lefty Chris Short was masterful scattering 7 hits and allowing just 1 unearned run in a rock solid complete game effort. Short fanned 13 Pirate batters, which included everyone in the lineup except veteran shortstop Andre Rodgers. The Phightin's jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and never looked back. Tony Taylor led off the game with a homer and Wes Covington and Tony Gonzalez added RBI single. Bobby Wine's squeeze bunt in the 8th scored Gonzalez for the 4th run.
Phillies lead series 2-1
GAME 4 - Shibe Park
Bob Veale vs Jim Bunning
Pirates 9, Phillies 2
In a rematch of Game 1 starters fans were treated to almost the same exact result. Bob Veale again pitched well (CG / 3H /2R / 7k) and Jim Bunning once again did not (5 runs in 6 innings). The Bucs attacked Bunning with 3 big runs in the top of the first. Catcher Jim Pagliaroni singled home Donn Clendenon with 1 out and Bob Bailey singled home Clemente and Pags with 2 out to post the 3-spot. Philly scratched out 2 runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 1 run game, but the Bucs got 2 in the 5th, 1 in the 7th and 3 in the 9th to blow the game wide open. Donn Clendenon, batting leadoff and playing 1st, had a 3 for 4 day and scored 2 runs. Young Willie Stargell went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI's and his first homer of the tourny.
Series tied 2-2
GAME 5 - Forbes Field
Ray Culp vs Vern Law
Pirates 7, Phillies 6
The hometown fans were not disappointed by the results of this decisive game 5. Sure they were scared out of their wits as the Bucs were forced to hang on for dear life after all but blowing a 7-2 lead by allowing 4 unearned runs in the 7th. Thankfully the Bucs had relief specialist Roy Face in their pen. Arguably the best reliever of his era, “The Barron” came out of the pen and shut the door on the Phils comeback. Face tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed just 1 baserunner over that span. Gene Alley and Willie Stargell both had 3 hit days, with Stargell hitting his second home in as many days. Tony Gonzalez had 2 roundtrippers for the Phils, who rallied to fight their way back from certain defeat only to come up a tad short.
Pirates win series 3-2
Friday, August 12, 2011
GAME 1 - Comiskey Park
Marcelino Lopez vs Joe Horlen
White Sox 4, Angels 3
Not a shock that two low scoring teams would be deadlocked after regulation. Ed Kirkpatrick's pinch hit homer for the Halo's in the 8th off of Jack Fisher got us to this point. Extra innings turned into a Western Front stalemante until the bottom of the 13th, when Moose Skowron doubled home Don Bufford on a hanging slider offered up by Ed Sukla with nobody out.
White Sox lead series 1-0
GAME 2 - Comiskey Park
Fred Newman vs John Buzhardt
White Sox 1, Angels 0
Today's offense can be summed up in 1 sentence: Moose Skowron hit a solo shot off of Fred Newman in the bottom of the 4th. That was the offense, but the real story was the incredible no hitter thrown by John Buzhardt, who walked just two, fanned 5 and did not allow an Angel batter to reach first on a hit. The fact that the Chisox scored just 1 run made Buzhardt's performance a necessity, not a luxury. Newman winds up being the poster child for the "hard luck loser" foundation. 99 out of 100 starts his 1 run over 7 innings performance would result in a win. Buzhardt lost his perfect game in the 5th when Bobby Knoop worked out a walk.
White Sox lead series 2-0
GAME 3 - Dodger Stadium
Tommy John vs George Brunet
Angels 2, White Sox 1
If you like pitcher's duels, you are following the right series. After Buzhardt's virtuoso performance in game 2 the Angels now had their backs up against the wall to stave off elimination. George Brunet stepped up to the plate and went the distance allowing just 4 hits and 1 unearned run that tied the game up in the top of the 9th. The home team felt the pressure and paid Brunet back in the bottom of the inning with a pinch hit RBI single by Albie Pearson, which turned out to be the only earned run scored on the day by both teams.
White Sox lead series 2-1
GAME 4 - Dodgers Stadium
Joe Horlen vs Dean Chance
Angels 5, White Sox 1
1964 Cy Young award winner Dean Chance, reverted to last year's form in this must win game. Chance, who won the 1964 tournament MVP award struck out 5 and allowed just 1 run while going the distance. When hearing these stats the average Angel fan might reply, "Did he win ?" The answer to that question would be an emphatic "YES" thanks to a 5 run outburst by the Halo lineup. Carrying a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 5th the Halo's got a huge break when Chisox catcher Johnny Romano botched Jose Cardenal's bunt for a hit attempt. Ed Kirpatrick followed that with an RBI double to make it 2-0. Albie Pearson's 2 out double knocked in 2 more runs and the Halo's behind Chance's right arm were off to the races.
Series tied at 2-2
GAME 5 - Comiskey Park
Marcelino Lopez vs John Buzhardt
White Sox 4, Angels 1
Working on short rest, no hit expert John Buzhardt was once again lights out. "Buzz" went 6 1/3 innings and allowed just 1 earned run, which came in the top of the first on a Willie Smith RBI single. The Chisox answered right back with a Danny Cater RBI single to make it 1-1. Floyd Robinson's two out triple in the bottom of the 4th put the Chisox up 2-1. A bases loaded walk to Floyd Robinson in the bottom of the 6th made it 3-1. Ken Berry's single scored Moose Skowron to make it 4-1, which is how it stayed thanks to 2 2/3 of spotless relief work by Eddie Fisher.
White Sox win series 3-2
Interview quote with Angels manager Douglas Zaner: "White Sox win a close series. Home team wins each game. Moose Skowron goes 7 for 19 with OPS of 1.210. John Buzhardt throws a no-no in Game 2. Mercifcully, the Angels can go home."
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Game 1 - St. Louis 6 @ San Francisco 4 (Simmons vs. Marichal)
The Cardinals scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Ken Boyer and a sac fly by Bill White. San Francisco tied the game on an RBI double by Hal Lanier in the 2nd and a double by Willie Mays in the 3rd, however left fielder Lou Brock threw out 2 runners at the plate in the third as a sign of how things would go in the series. St.Louis broke the game open with 4 runs in the 6th on 6 straight base hits.
Game 2 - St. Louis 5 @ San Francisco 1 (Gibson vs. Shaw)
Bob Gibson was the star of this game as he staked the Cards to a 2-0 lead in the series. Gibson allowed just 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Bill White and Tim McCarver provided the batting punch, knocking in 2 runs each. On defense, Curt Flood nailed Willie McCovey at the plate for the Cards 3 outfield assist and McCarver threw out his 2nd runner attempting to steal a base.
Game 3 - San Francisco 5 @ St. Louis 1 (Bolin vs. Stallard)
The Cardinals were looking to wrap the series up, but the Giants stunned them with 3 runs in the top of the 1st. The big blow was a 3 run shot by Willie McCovey. Tracy Stallard only allowed 4 hits in 7 innings of work, but the Cards committed 3 errors behind him. Bobby Bolin was the MVP of the game, holding St.Louis to just 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings before giving way to Frank Linzy who closed out the game.
Game 4 - San Francisco 5 @ St. Louis 3 (Herbel vs. Sadecki)
After 5 innings, this pivotal game was tied at 3-3 and the tension was starting to build. In the top of the 6th, unlikely hitting star Hal Lanier singled home his 2nd run of the game to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. In the 9th, it was Lanier again lighting a spark with a leadoff single which eventually led to an RBI grounder by Mays. San Francisco's shaky pitching got a big boost from Sanford, Murakami, and Linzy who combined for 4-2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.
Game 5 - St. Louis 5 @ San Francisco 7 (Washburn vs. Marichal)
The visiting team had won every game so far and things looked good for St.Louis when Lou Brock led off the game with a homerun to right. Jim Ray Hart matched that with a leadoff homerun in the 2nd to tie the game at 1-1. The Giants scored 1 in the 5th and another in the 6th to take a 3-1 lead into the 8th inning. Marichal had only surrendered 2 hits since the 1st inning so it was looking good for the home team, but then things went haywire. The Cards touched up the Giant's ace for 4 runs on 5 hits in the 8th to take a 5-3 lead, but SF came right back and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th off of the Cards normally reliable bullpen to take the series. Matty Alou (3 for 4, 2RBI's) and Hal Lanier (3 for 4, 1 run) were the surprise hitting stars of game 5.
--submitted by Brandon Hayes--
Friday, August 5, 2011
In a thrilling series the Reds edged the Braves 3-2. Jim Maloney, ace pitcher from Cincinnati, proved to be the difference in beating the Braves and Tony Cloninger twice. Let’s take a look and some of the key plays from this exciting playoff series.
Game 1 -CIN 4, MIL 0 - Jim Maloney vs. Tony Cloninger
In a matchup of aces, Jim Maloney was magnificent. He retired the first 22 batters in a row. Joe Torre ruined the perfect game and no hit attempt with a solid single to right with one out in the 8th inning. That was only hit allowed by Maloney. Deron Johnson’s two run homer in the 3rd provided Maloney with all the run support he would need. Cincy leads the series 1-0.
In another hard fought closely contested game the Braves edged the Reds with single runs in the 7th and 8th inning. Both starting pitchers dominated the early part of the game with the Reds taking a 2-1 lead on Leo Cardenas’ home run in the 6th. After the Braves tied it in the 7th, manager Burnette decided to let Ellis face Eddie Mathews and finish the 8th inning. A BIG mistake. Mathews took a 2-1 fastball and deposited it in the right field seats for the game decider. Clay Carroll and Billy O’Dell completed the great work started by Blasingame and the series is tied headed to Milwaukee.
Game 3 - MIL 3, CIN 5 – 12 Innings - Ken Johnson vs. Joe Nuxhall
Another great pitcher’s duel. The game was scoreless until the Reds struck for 3 runs in the top of the 6th. A couple of errors by the Braves, which would be their ultimate downfall in the series, did not help Mr. Johnson. But before the Reds could enjoy their lead, the Braves struck for 3 of their own in the bottom half of the inning aided by a 2 run homer by Hank Aaron. The score would stay that way until the 12th. After a single and a couple of walks, Pete Rose lined a single to center plating 2 runs and giving Cincinnati the edge in the series 2-1. Billy McCool pitched a 1-2-3 9th for the save.
Game 4 -Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2 - Denver Lemaster vs. Joey Jay
A great come from behind win by the Braves evened the series at 2. It seems rather redundant but both starting pitchers dominated. Lemaster went 7 innings giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits. Jay matched him with 6 1/3 innings of one run six hit baseball. The Reds took the lead in the top of the 8th scoring a single run against future HOF’er Phil Niekro. But with their backs against the wall, the Braves pushed two across the plate against Ted Davidson to force a game 5. A double by Mack Jones scored Aaron from
1st. A single by Joe Torre moved Jones to 3rd. Jones then scored on Eddie Mathews sac fly. That gave an aging Mathews 2 game winning Rbi’s. Niekro takes the win and series heads south for the deciding
Game 5 - CIN 7, MIL 4 - Jim Maloney vs. Tony Cloninger
Jim Maloney, while not as magnificent as he was in game 1, still had enough to hold off the Braves and give the Reds the series. Maloney lasted 8 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. But this time he was backed up by some timely hitting by the Reds offense. Tommy Harper, game MVP, was 4-4, 3 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. It was still a close game until the Reds scored 3 runs in the 7th to push their lead to 7-1. The Braves made it interesting scoring 2 in the 8th, while leaving the bases loaded, and 1 in the 9th.
It was a great series. Either team was deserving of winning and moving on to the next round. --submitted by Ron Burnette--
Side Note: It has been officially announced that this was the last series played in Milwaukee by the Braves franchise, which will officially transfer operations to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves spent 13 seasons in Milwaukee and never finished below .500. During this successful run they won 1 World Championship, 2 pennants and appeared in 3 post seasons. Sadly over the past 5-6 years gate receipts have dropped steadily. After announcing in 1964 that they would be moving to Atlanta a court injunction kept them here in Milwaukee for one more (lame duck) season. Fans avoided County Stadium as either a sign of apathy or protest. The Braves will sorely be missed in the Midwest.
Two soft-hitting teams went head-to-head in a best of 5 series. Everyone knows about the Dodgers great pitching staff, but could the Astros arms match them pitch for pitch?
Game 1 - Dodger Stadium - Astros 1, Dodgers 0
Robin Roberts went the distance scattering 4 singles and not allowing a walk. Sandy Koufax dominated the Astros, as expected, except for a minor blip in the 5th. Rusty Staub led off with a walk, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on a single by Joe Gaines - the only hit Koufax would allow in 8 innings. Ron Fairly led off the 9th with a single for the Dodgers, but Roberts retired the next three batters in order to complete the shutout.
Game MVP: Robin Roberts (9IP, 4H, 0R, 0W, 4K)
The Astros struck first with a solo home run by Rusty Staub off Don Drysdale. The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded single by Ron Fairley. The Astros scored 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th off Drysdale, with the big hit being a 2 run bomb by backup catcher John Bateman. In the 8th, Tommy Davis singled in 2 runs to get the Dodgers closer, but Mike Cuellar pitched around a Fairly double to get the save.
Game MVP: John Bateman (2-5, HR, 2 RBI)
Game 3 – Astrodome Astros 3, Dodgers 2 (13 inn)
The Dodgers put up single runs in the first two innings off Turk Farrell. The first run scored on a double by Willie Davis after a controversial catcher's interference call against Ron Brand on a ground out that would have ended the inning. The second run scored on a squeeze bunt by pitcher Claude Osteen. Fortunately, the Astros didn't give up. In the 5th, Joe Gaines hurt the Dodgers again with an RBI single, but Bob Aspromonte grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. The game stayed 2-1 until the 9th when closer Ron Perranoski retired the first 2 batters, but allowed singles to Jim Beauchamp, Jim Gentile and John Bateman to tie the game at 2. Each bullpen put up zeros until the 13th when Rusty Staub doubled with 2 outs and Ron Brand (atoning for his interference call) singled him in with the walkoff series win.
Game MVP: Turk Farrell (7IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 3W, 3K)
The Astros complete the upset with a series sweep. They will try to continue their improbable run against the winner of the Braves/Reds series.
--submitted by John Clingan--
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Sam McDowell vs Denny McLain
Indians 3, Tigers 2
"Sudden Sam" McDowell fanned 9 and had a shutout heading into the 8th when the 135 pitches that he threw finally caught up to him in the form of 2 Tiger runs. Luckily for McDowell his offense supplied him with a 3-0 lead. Fred Whitfield solo shot in the 4th made it 1-0 Tribe. Vic Davalillo's sac fly in the 5th made it 2-0, but the most important run came in the top of the 8th as Pedro Gonzalez singled home Whitfield. That insurance run would be the margin for victory. Gary "Ding Dong" Bell closed the door on Detroit in relief of McDowell. Denny McLain went 8 and spent the whole day dancing in and out of trouble. McLain gave up 3 runs on 10 hits, but did fan 6.
Indians lead series 1-0
Luis Tiant vs Mickey Lolich
Indians 9, Tigers 6 In a battle of clutch post season hurlers, neither guy impressed very much. Tiant gave up 6 in 5 1/3, while Lolich gave up 8 (6 earned) in 7 1/3. Heading into the 7th the Tigers actually had a 6-5 lead, but the Tribe battled back for more runs vs Lolich and his replacement Terry Fox. Vic Davalillo's two out homer in the 7th tied the game at 6-6. Fred Whitfield's 2 run shot in the 8th gave the Tribe a 2 run lead and Leon Wagner's sac fly in the 9th bumped that lead up to 3. Lee Strange did a fantastic job in relief of the ineffective Tiant. Strange went 3 2/3 scoreless innings, where he gave up just one hit (a solo single to Dick McAuliffe in the 9th). Strange deservedly earned the win.
Indians lead series 2-0
Hank Aguirre vs Sonny Siebert
Tigers 3, Indians 0 Al Kaline's two run shot in the top of the first was all the support that Hank Aguirre would need or require. Detroit's veteran hurler went the distance with an impressive 2 hit shutout. Aguirre fanned 9 Tribesmen, which included Pedro Gonzalez 3 times. Aguirre struck out the side in the 5th and was a lock for the win once Don Wert added the 3rd run in the 7th on a squeeze play.
Indians lead series 2-1
Denny McLain vs Ralph Terry
Indians 3, Tigers 1 Working on short rest, Denny McLain was tasked with staving off elimination for the Tigers. Al Kaline's solo blast in the first was the only run scored by both teams until McLain ran out of gas in the bottom of the 8th. After giving up a single to Joe Azcue, McLain's day was done. Terry Fox came in and got Max Alvis to pop out to left. Things began to go south real fast after that. Dick Howser worked out a walk and so did pinch hitter Chuck Hinton. With the bases loaded Vic Davalillo lifted a sac fly to deep right to tie the game at 1-1. Veteran Leon Wagner would then deliver the knock out blow with a 2 run single to score Howser and Hinton. Ralph Terry, who left for a pinch hitter (Hinton), was replaced by Gary Bell. After Jake Wood walked in the top of the 9th Al Kaline lined a bullet to right, but was robbed of a hit by prodigal son Rocky Colavito. Norm Cash and Bill Freehan would also line out to Rocky, who is as sure handed as they come. Bell would get his second save of this series and Terry, who gave up just 1 run in 8 innings of work, got the win.
Indians win series 3-1