Thursday, February 3, 2011

1962 WS GAME 3 - Angels 6, Dodgers 3

Johnny Podres vs Don Lee
2 run shot by Koppe
The day off didn't require either team to travel since both call Dodger Stadium home.  The venerable Walter O'Malley was the happiest man in the valley since he owns the venue and would gather in most of the gate receipts when all was said and done.  O'Malley, who moved the club 3,000 miles west from their ancestral home in Brooklyn just 6 years earlier must have had a smile on his fact to see one of his old Brooklyn stars, Johnny Podres, starting.  Podres, who shutout the Yankees in game 7 of the 1955 World Series to give Brooklyn it's only World Championship, was called upon to start game 3.  Podres looked sharp for 4 innings and had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th when the wheels began to come off his wagon.  The Halos, who to this point had been shut out for 23 consecutive innings were more than overdue.  Billy Moran would lead off the inning by working out a walk.  The "walking man" Eddie Yost followed with a two bagger to put both runners into scoring position for Leon Wagner, who lined an RBI single to right.  Steve "Sgt" Bilko followed with an RBI single of his own to give the Halos their first lead of the series.  George Thomas' around the horn 5-4-3 DP looked to end the inning, but Podres was not to be that lucky.  Joe Koppe, who normally isn't a long ball threat was looking fastball and got the famed Podres change, but since his bat speed is not all that quick he was late as usual.  His lateness translated into a 2 run homer that made it 4-1.  "Jumbo" Frank Howard, who returned to the lineup after missing most of game 1 and all of game 2 hit a majestic shot that went to the back row of the left field pavilion to make it 4-2.  Podres would return in the 6th hoping to right the ship, but a 2 run pinch hit single by rookie Jim Fregosi contradicted that notion.  The Angels were now up 6-2.  Don Lee would exit the game on the winning side of the ledger after 6 innings of 2 run work.  Dan Osinski went the next 2 and gave up nothing.  Tom Morgan came on in the 9th and gave up a 1 out triple to John Roseboro, who scored on Wally Moon's pinch hit single to cut the Angels lead in half.  Morgan would easily get the next two out to lock down the Angels first victory in the series.
Dodgers lead series 2-1

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