Tuesday, August 24, 2010

#1 seed Reds barely outlast #4 seed Braves in 5

8/8-8/9 - Crosley Field
GAME 1 - Braves 7, Reds 6
Joe_Adcock_MLN Both offenses had their way with each team's respective starter.  Both Lew Burdette and Jim O'Toole gave up 6 runs, and so the game was tied heading into the 8th.  Nothing seemed special for the Braves in light of the fact that they grounded out weakly for the first 2 outs of the inning before Burdette blooped a single to right.  A wild pitch moved him up to second and a single by Lee Maye put runners on the corners.  Maye stole second, so batter Frank Bolling got an unintentional/intentional pass to load the bases and reliever Howie Nunn uncorked another wild pitch to allow the go ahead run to score.  Burdette settled down to allow no runs for the final 2 innings to get the win.  Joe Adcock had a 3 for 4 day with 4 RBI and a homer.  Gene Freese homered for the Reds.

GAME 2 - Reds 3, Braves 2
Bob Buhl carried a d 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th when the Reds tied the gameGene_Freese_61 up.  Gene Freese hit a 2 out two run triple to make it 2-2.  It would stay tied until the bottom of the 9th when Vada Pinson led off with a clean single off reliever Don McMahon, then barely stole second while Wally Post struck out swinging.  Frank Robinson hit a bullet to third that Eddie Mathews juggled then threw into the stands, which allowed Pinson to walk home uncontested for the winning run to tie the series a 1 all.

8/11-8/12 - County Stadium
GAME 3 - Braves 4, Reds 1

Warren_Spahn_MLN Joey Jay hung tough vs his former mates until the bottom of the 7th when he gave up 2 runs to give he Braves a 4-1 lead.  The ageless Warren Spahn went the distance allowing only 1 run that was scored in the first, thus shutting the Reds out over the final 8 innings.  Spahn hit a 2 run shot in the 7th to give himself some breathing room and put the Braves up 2-1 in the series.


GAME 4 - Reds 4, Braves 2Ron_Piche_MLN
Two unlikely hurlers (Ken Johnson & Carl Willey) hooked up in a pitcher's duel that sore  both hurlers cone before the 9th inning where the score still remained tied.  Cincy, with their backs up against the wall, scored twice in the top of the 9th off of reliever Ron Piche.  Both runs were scored on bases loaded walks.  Frank Robinson would hit a solo shot and a double and was a triple short of a cycle.  Milwaukee's only 2 hits were solo shots by Joe Adcock.

8/13 - Crosley Field
GAME 5 - Reds 6, Braves 5

Frank_Robinson_61 This decisive game 5 would go right down to the wire.  After scoring a solo run in the top of the 9th the Braves decided to call on relief specialists Don McMahon to close the game out for Lew Burdette.  Ed Bailey would lead off the inning with a single.  Blasingame would follow with a walk and pinch hitter Leo Cardenas would single home Bailey to make it 5-4 with nobody out.  Pinson would hit into a force play at second for the first out, then steal second to open up first base for the Braves to walk Jerry Lynch in order to face 1961 NL MVP Frank Robinson.  Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.  Frank Robby showed everyone why he's a HOF caliber talent, by lining a single down the line in lefty.. Frank "the original" Thomas made his best effort to track it down.  Bailey was easily able to score from third.  Pinson rounded third and headed home, then slid in just a hair ahead of Thomas' throw to catcher Charlie Lau to allow the Reds a walk off hit to clinch the series.

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