Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dodgers send Philly packing in 4 games

8/8-8/9 - LA Coliseum
GAME 1 - Phillies 2, Dodgers 0

Cal_Neeman_PHI A scoreless tie until the top of the 5th when light hitting catcher Cal Neeman blasted a 2 run shot over the screen in left field off of Don Drysdale.  That would be the only blemish on Drysdale's day, but with John Buzhardt tossing a 5 hitter over 8 innings Big D was in trouble.  The Dodgers just couldn't get a timely hit off of Buzhardt who gave way to Turk Farrell who close out his 4th game of the tournament.


GAME 2 - Dodgers 9, Phillies 5
The Dodgers turned a close 2-1 game into a romp as they posted 6 big runs andGil_Hodges_LAD knocked  Chris Short out of the box.  Johnny Podres was not exactly in game 7 of the 1955 Series form, but he was good enough.  Gil Hodges, who for some unknown reason is still not enshrined in Cooperstown, for one brief moment turned back the clock with a huge homer to left center.  The Dodgers posted an incredible 17 hits with every starter getting at least one.  Larry Sherry got the final 7 outs playing catch with his brother Norm, who hit a solo shot.

8/11-8/12 - Connie Mack Stadium
GAME 3 - Dodgers 8, Phillies 1

Duke_Snider_LADA rain delay chased Stan Williams from the hill before he could pitch the 5 full innings required for a win.  Ed "not Sears &" Roebuck go the final out in the bottom of the 5th to record the proverbial "cheap win".  Robin Roberts, who at one time held the major league record for HR's allowed, served up 2 in the Dodgers 4 run 4th.  Don Demeter hit a 2 run shot to center and John Roseboro hit a 2 run opposite field "Moon-shot" to left.  LA again scored via the long ball as Duke Snider defied time once again to hit a 3 run shot that 10 years earlier would have cleared Bedford Avenue.

GAME 4 - Dodgers 3, Phillies 2
For 6 innings it looked like the young & wild Sanford Koufax finally put it allSandy_Koufax_LAD together.  Known as "Sandy" to his friends and family, young Koufax had a 1 hit shutout going into the bottom of the 7th.  The young man who, has been plagued with wildness had fanned 11 and walked only 1 until the wheels came off his speedball.  Riding a 2 run lead thanks to a Wally Moon 2 runs shot in the 6th Koufax lost his control and hit Tony Curry on the thigh to open the inning.  After fanning Lee Walls he walked both Ruben Amaro and Neeman to load the bases.  Pinch hitter Bobby Del Greco knew he was going to get something good to hit and sat on Koufax' 100 mph fastball and slammed it off the Alpo sign in left center to 2 and tie the game.  Koufax looked dejected as he was removed from the game.  Ed Roebuck came aboard and worked out of the jam he was left by fanning Tony Taylor and Tony Gonzalez.  Turk Farrell was called upon to replace starter Art Mahaffey, Tommy_Davis_LAD who only let up 2 runs in 7 innings.  Farrell served up a clean single to Norm Larker to lead off the 8th.  Wally Moon walked with 1 out and a wild pitch pushed the runners up 90 feet.  Tommy Davis lifted a sac fly to right to score Moon and put LA up 3-2.  Roebuck, who got his third win of the tournament, pitched a perfect 8th before handing the ball off to Ed Palmquist who got Tony Taylor to end the game on a ground out after allowing Bobby Smith a two out double.  LA takes the series 3 games to 1 to advance to the NLCS.  Dodger hurlers combined to fan 15 Phightin’s on the day.

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