Thursday, March 31, 2011

1964 Round 1 – Tribe knock off defending champ O’s

GAME 1 - Memorial Stadium
Orioles 7, Indians 2
Jack Kralick vs Robin Roberts
Robin_Roberts picked up in 1964 right where he left off in 1963.  Putting together another gutsy veteran pitching performance, Robin Roberts went 7 innings and gave up just 2 runs and let his offense do the rest.  Heading into the 6th the game was tied 2-2.  That's when Baltimore got their act in gear and scored 5 runs over the next two innings.  RBI singles by Boog Powell and Gil Brandt in the 6th gave the O's a 2 run lead.  A two run homer by Brooks Robinson in the 7th made it a 4 run bulge and Powell homer, which came right after Robinson's made it an insurmountable 5 run lead that Dick Hall and Chuck Estrada easily protected.
Orioles lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Memorial Stadium
Orioles 3, Indians 2
Sam McDowell vs Milt Pappas
Sudden Sam was a bit wild (4 walks & 1 HBP), but Baltimore wasn'tMilt_Pappas able to take full advantage of it. It finally took an error by McDowell in the 6th to give the O's a 2-1 lead.  McDowell's day ended in the 7th when 3 consecutive singles (Johnson, Bowens & Robinson) made it 3-1.  It could have been worse if McDowell didn't fan Powell and get Dick Brown to ground into a 4-6-3 DP.  Vic Davalillo singled home Chico Salmon in the top of the 8th to once again make it a 1 run ballgame, but "the kitten" (Harvey Haddix),   pitched a perfect 9th in relief of Milt Pappas to close out the game.
Orioles lead series 2-0

GAME 3 - Municipal Stadium
Indians 9, Orioles 4
Dave McNally vs Luis Tiant
LuisTiant In a contrast of styles the soft tossing McNally could not keep pace with the hard throwing Cuban Luis Tiant, who had 7 shutout innings going before the O's finally got to him.  By that time the Tribe was up 8-0, so there is a good chance Tiant was just letting them put the ball in pay.  Cleveland's tablesetters, Vic Davalillo and Dick Howser were on base 6 times today and accounted for 3 runs.  Johnny Romano chipped in with a 2 run homer as the Tribe staved off elimination.
Orioles lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Municipal Stadium
Indians 3, Orioles 1
Steve Barber vs Dick Donovan
A low scoring close to the vest 1-1 game took a turn in the Tribe'sDick_Donovan favor in the bottom of the 8th.  With Dick Hall already having pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief the Tribe figured out how to get it done.  Tito Francona doubled with 1 out, but when Johnny Romano lined out to short it looked like the O's would get out of the inning.  Max Alvis would have nothing to do with that line of thinking and gave the hometown fans something to cheer about with his RBI double of the left center wall to make it 2-1.  Leon Wagner gave hurler Donovan a much needed insurance run with his RBI single to score Alvis.  Dick Donovan started the 9th and quickly got Brandt and Brown to pop up to the infield.  Little Luis Aparicio would leg out an infield hit and steal second, but when Johnson lined out to Chance at first the game was over and the series was now all knotted at 2 apiece.
Series tied 2-2

GAME 5 - Memorial Stadium
Indians 10, Orioles 4
Jack Kralick vs Wally Bunker
Vic_Davalillo With their backs up against the wall for two straight games the Indians were used to pressure situations.  After blowing a 2-0 series lead the O's now had the pressure on them and a youthful Wally Bunker on the hill.  Cleveland's veteran Kralic and Baltimore's novice Bunker battled in a tight duel for 4 innings.  Sam Bowens' solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 4th gave the O's their only lead of the day.  Leading 1-0 and heading into the 5th Bunker collapsed like a 3rd world government.  A bases clearing triple by Vic Davilillo followed and RBI ground out by Dick Howser to make it 4-1.  Leon Wagner's sac fly made it 5-1 and Chico Salmon's ground out made it 6-1.  The O's were now on life support.  Cleveland would mercifully pull the plug on the O's season with 4 more runs over the final 3 innings to close out a fantastic series comeback.  Davalillo would compile 3 hits on the day and 5 RBI's.
Indians win series 3-2

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