Wednesday, August 18, 2010

#8 seed Cubbies upset #2 seed Dodgers in 4

8/1-8/2 - LA Coliseum
GAME 1 - Dodgers 6, Cubs 1

Sandy_Koufax_LAD In what looks to be his breakout season, young Sandy Koufax looks to have finally matured and finally corralled his intense, but wild talent.  Koufax was purely dominant tossing a 2 hitter and fanning 7, while going the distance.  The only black mark against his record would be a solo shot by George Altman in the top of the second.  LA would more than just answer back by posting 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd.  Willie "3-Dog" Davis hit a 2 runs shot to start the scoring.  Frank Howard would single home Norm Larker, who had just doubled and Junior Gilliam would top it off with a 2 run double off of shell shocked Cub starter Glen Hobbie.

GAME 2 - Cubs 2, Dodgers 1
Dick Ellsworth pitched the game of his life (7IP/1ER) as Don Drysdale wound up beingRon_Santo_66 the hard luck loser.  Big D also went 7 innings, but yielded a 2 runs, including a back breaking solo run in the top of the 8th when Ron Santo singled home Richie Ashburn.  Santo also homered in the 2nd to provide both RBI's.  A Junior Gilliam solo shot in the bottom of the first would be all the scoring the Ells and company would allow.  Dick Drott pitched a perfect 8th and knuckleballer Barney Schultz would do the same in the 9th for the save.

8/4-8/5 - Wrigley Field
GAME 3 - Cubs 1, Dodgers 0

Don_Cardwell_CUB In a series where the pitching was supposed to be a Dodger strength and a Cub weakness we have begun to see that one half of the statement was false.  The Dodgers pitching has delivered as expected, but nobody expected the Cubs embattled staff to deliver another stellar performance.  Don Cardwell was able to go the distance and 5 hit the Dodgers.  If not for an unearned run in the 3rd off of Dodger starter Stan Williams this contest might still be going.  Williams actually has himself to blame for the error since he made it while booting a comebacker from George Altman with 2 outs.  When all the dust settled Altman was standing on second and youngster Ron Santo lined one to left to plate what would turn out to be the only run of the game.

GAME 4 - Cubs 6, Dodgers 0
The Cinderella Cubbies took full advantage of Sandy Koufax and chased LA'sJack_Curtis_CUB flamethrower from the hill with 2 outs in the 4th.  By this point Koufax had given up 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits + 3 walks.  This was not a good day for Koufax to not have is stuff, because his opposing number Jack Curtis had his.  In fact Curtis posted a linescore that one would expect Koufax to post.  A nifty little 2 hitter with only 99 pitches thrown by Curtis propelled the Cubbies to victory in a huge upset of the #2 seeded Dodgers.  Chicago's 3 run bottom of the first was more than enough to defeat the Dodgers who left their lumber on the coast.  A 2 run RBI single by catcher Dick Bertell got the ball rolling.  Tommy Davis, who plays 3rd base like a butterfly hockey goalie, booted Andre Rodgers 2 hopper, which allowed Altman to score.  Back to back doubles by Ernie Banks and Don Zimmer in the 4th hastened Koufax' departure.  Curtis had himself a no hit bid until Tommy Davis doubled with 1 out in the top of the 7th.  Maury Wills would add a second hit with 2 outs in the 9th, but by that point the dye was cast and the upset was almost official.

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