Friday, February 25, 2011

Game 2 – Pirates 2, Dodgers 1

Aug 2, 1963 – Dodger Stadium
GAME 2 - PIT 2, LAD 1
Don Cardwell vs Don Drysdale
Don_Cardwell Maury Wills booted Donn Clendenon's lead off grounder, then went to third on a single by Bill Mazeroski on a perfectly executed hit and run play.  Roberto Clemente took Don Drysdale deep enough to allow Clendenon, the 1969 World Series MVP, to score easily.  Jerry Lynch hit one to the warning track that would have been a 2 run homer in Forbes field, but turned out to be just another long out in Dodger Stadium.  Drysdale again found trouble by way of back to back singles by Bill Virdon and Bob Bailey.  After "Ducky" Schofield struck out, Don Cardwell singled through a drawn in infield to make it 2-0.  Drysdale was not happy that his opposing number got the best of him at the plate and it showed as he brushed Clendenon back then struck him out looking.  Tommy Davis would lead off the second and get a hold of one that Jerry Lynch had to track down along the low riding fence on the left field line.  Frank Howard was caught looking at a called strike three, but "3-Dog" Willie Davis sliced a double to left and John Roseboro singled him home to make it 2-1 after 2 innings of play.  Most folks in the stands were beginning to think that they were going to see another high scoring affair like game 1.  What they had in store was a vintage pitcher's duel the rest of the way.  Drysdale would go the distance and not allow another run.  Cardwell would go 8 then give way to Al McBean, who would set the Dodgers down in order in the 9th to protect the 2-1 victory.
Series tied at 1-1

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