Friday, April 29, 2011

Game 7 – Angels 4, Indians 2

GAME 7 - Dodger Stadium
Sam McDowell vs Fred Newman
Lou_Clinton2 21 year old "Sudden" Sam McDowell had a breakout season going 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA.  22 year old Fred Newman's 13-10, 2.75 season was nothing to sneeze about.  McDowell's ability to average a little more than a strikeout per inning dazzled fans, but his ability to walk just as many loomed as a possibility to hurt his chances at victory.  McDowell would walk Piersall and Rodgers with 1 out in the bottom of the 2nd then uncork a wild pitch + give up key hits to Bobby Knoop and Vic Power to put his team in a 3-0 hole.  Newman, on the other hand cruised below the radar screen until Vic Davalillo doubled and Tito Francona almost scored to make it 3-1.  A great throw from Lou Clinton in right nailed the runner and preserved the shutout for the time being.  A ground out by Dick Howser brought Davalillo in to score.  An error by Adcock allowed Frank Chance to reach first safely.  A single by Azcue put  Chance in scoring position and a single by Max Alvis made it 3-2, but it could have easily have been tied at 3-3.  A sac fly by Knoop in the bottom of the inning made it a 2 run game once again.  Leon Wagner led off the 7th with a single, then stole second and tried to score on Woodie Held's pinch hit single.  Once again Lou Clinton's arm made the difference as Wagner was nailed at the plate.  Not only did the Tribe lose a chance at making it a 1 run ball game once again, but they also lost the chance of having a big inning.  Bob Lee would toss the final 2 1/3 innings in relief to close out the Tribe and complete a miraculous comeback by the Halos, who just punched their ticket for a date with destiny vs the Cardinals in the 1964 World Series.
Angels win series 4-3

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