Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1964 Round 1 – Phillies 10, Dodgers 8 - “Aces Wild”

To the knowledgeable fan, a game featuring Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning would be a close match of the low scoring variety. However, that was not to be the case on this day. Bunning and Koufax would be long gone before this slug fest would be over. The Dodgers started the scoring in the second inning bringing 2 around on a Gilliam triple and a Koufax single. The Phillies came back to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning scoring 5 times helped by back-to-back Dodgers errors and a grand slam off the bat of Johnny Callison. The Dodgers, not deterred by the poor performance of the ace, would come back to tie the game at 5 with a 3-run 4th inning which was highlighted by a Darrel Griffith triple that scored Roseboro and Tommy Davis. The Phillies would quickly regain the lead as they scored 2 more and chased Koufax in the bottom of the 4th to take a 7-5 lead on Tony Gonzalez' 2-run single. Bob Miller was now on the mound for the Dodgers and Bunning would be pulled after completing 5 innings. The Philadelphia crew would add 1 run in the 6th to make the lead 8-5. The ever-resilient Dodgers came back to tie the game in the 8th inning scoring 3 runs off of Philly reliever and former

dodger Ed Roebuck. Pitcher Bob Miller doubled with 2 on and Willie Davis came through with a key single to lead the way. Looking at a possible extra-inning affair the Phillies would bring up the bottom of their order to face the Dodger reliever Jim Brewer. But extra-innings would not be in the cards as shortstop Bobby Wine blasted a 380-ft 2-run walk off HR to win the game for the Phillies

Final Score Philadelphia 10 Los Angeles 8.

WP Bobby Shantz LP Jim Brewer

--submitted by Frank Selders--

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