Sunday, February 6, 2011

1963 Tournament - Qualifier Round - PIT sweeps HOU in 2 one run games

GAME 1 - Forbes Field - PIT 5, HOU 4
Ken Johnson vs Bob Friend

Houston struck first with 2 in the 3rd thanks to back to back RBI singles by Al Spangler and Rusty Staub.  A 2 out 2 run single by Dick Schofield tied the game.  A errant throw by Bob Aspromonte extended the inning and allowed Schofield his chance.  Three runs in the bottom of the 5th looked to put the game away.  Bill Mazeroski's RBI double scored Bill Virdon, who led off the inning with a clean single.  Back to back RBI singles by Willie Stargell and Donn Clendenon made it 5-2 and ended Ken Johnson's day.  Carl Warwick's one out single scored Staub to make it 5-3.  Bob Bailey's error at third allowed catcher John Bateman to score, which made it a 1 run game.  Elroy Face would be called on to put the fire out and protect the lead in the 8th with one out.  Face would allow just 1 hit as he notched the save.  Al Spangler's 3 for 5 day was wasted.  Stargell went 2 for 3 and scored 2 runs for the Bucs.
Pirates lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Colt Stadium - PIT 2, HOU 1
Don Cardwell vs Don Nottebart

In the battle of the "Don's", Pittsburgh would get all the runs that Don Cardwell would need in the 4th.  Stargell's one out double put him in scoring position for Don Clendenon who hit a double himself.  Three walks in a row, including one to the pitcher (Cardwell) plated the second run.  Cardwell was cruising until the bottom of the 9th when Bob Lillis and Pete Runnels led off the inning with back to back singles.  Carl Warwick's grounder back to the box advanced the runners 90 feet closer to scoring.  With 2 lefties scheduled up Cardwell's day was done.  He was masterful for 8 1/3 innings.  Lefty Bob Veale came on board and quickly dispatched Spangler and Staub with weak grounders to short to end the game.
Pirates win series 2-0

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