Monday, September 20, 2010

1962: Giants eliminate Cubbies in 4

Ed_Bailey Andre_Rodgers Willie_Mays Billy_Pierce

Ed Bailey

Andre Rodgers

Willie Mays

Billy Pierce

8/1-8/2 - Candlestick Park
GAME 1 - Giants 8, Cubs 4
Lou Brock remained hot in this tournament with a 2 for 5 day, which raised his average to .667, but that would not be enough to carry the day for Chicago.  Don Cardwell spotted the Jints a 3 run lead that was going to be hard to overcome.  The Cubs tied the game with 2 runs in the top of the 7th only to see the Jints explode for 4 in the bottom half of the frame.  Don "Mr. Perfect" Larsen got the win in relief of Jack Sanford, even though he was responsible for giving up the 2 runs that allowed the game to become tied.  Ed Bailey's 2 run shot in the 7th put the game out of reach..  Felipe Alou and Orlando Cepeda also homered.

GAME 2 - Cubs 7, Giants 5
Bob Buhl did not have his best stuff, but he found himself fortunate that Bill O'Dell had nothing.  Buhl gave up 5 run in the first 6 innings of work, but found enough guts and guile to shut the Jints out the rest of the way.  Down by 2 the Cubs posted 4 runs in the 8th to swing a 2 run deficit into a 2 run advantage.  A two run triple by Andre Rodgers scored Ron Santo and George Altman.  Santo knocked in the first run of the inning with an RBI single to score Billy Williams.  Dick Bertell singled home Rodgers with 2 out for an insurance run.

8/4-8/5 - Wrigley Field
GAME 3 - Giants 6, Cubs 2

Dick Ellsworth was no match for the high octane Giant offense as evidenced by the 5 runs he gave up in 5 innings of work.  Willie Mays went 3 for 4 with 5 RBI's on 2 homers off of Elswowth.  Orlando Cepeda chipped in with a solo shot off of reliever Barney Schultz in the 8th.  Juan Marichal went the distance allowing only 2 runs (1 earned) to put the Giants up 2-1 in the series.

GAME 4 - Giants 2, Cubs 1
Billy Pierce and Cal Koonce had the fans on the edge of their seats all game.  "Mr. Cub", Ernie Banks started off the scoring with a solo shot with 2 outs in the first.  At the time nobody could have expected that Banks' homer would be Chicago's only run of the game.  Pierce was just that good.  Pierce tied the game up with a RBI single that scored Chuck Hiller in the 3rd.  It remained knotted at 1 until the top of the 8th when Tom Haller hit a solo shot off of Koonce to put the Jints up 2-1, which is how the game would end.

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