Friday, August 5, 2011

1965 Round 1: #9 seed Astros, shock #1 seed Dodgers in 3 game sweep.

Two soft-hitting teams went head-to-head in a best of 5 series.  Everyone knows about the Dodgers great pitching staff, but could the Astros arms match them pitch for pitch?

Game 1 - Dodger Stadium - Astros 1, Dodgers 0

Robin_Roberts-1965b Robin Roberts went the distance scattering 4 singles and not allowing a walk.  Sandy Koufax dominated the Astros, as expected, except for a minor blip in the 5th.  Rusty Staub led off with a walk, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on a single by Joe Gaines - the only hit Koufax would allow in 8 innings.  Ron Fairly led off the 9th with a single for the Dodgers, but Roberts retired the next three batters in order to complete the shutout.

Game MVP: Robin Roberts (9IP, 4H, 0R, 0W, 4K)


Game 2 - Dodger Stadium - Astros 6, Dodgers 4John_Bateman-1965

The Astros struck first with a solo home run by Rusty Staub off Don Drysdale.  The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded single by Ron Fairley.   The Astros scored 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th off Drysdale, with the big hit being a 2 run bomb by backup catcher John Bateman. In the 8th, Tommy Davis singled in 2 runs to get the Dodgers closer, but Mike Cuellar pitched around a Fairly double to get the save.

Game MVP: John Bateman (2-5, HR, 2 RBI)

Game 3 – Astrodome Astros 3, Dodgers 2 (13 inn)

Ron_Brand-1965 The Dodgers put up single runs in the first two innings off Turk Farrell.  The first run scored on a double by Willie Davis after a controversial catcher's interference call against Ron Brand on a ground out that would have ended the inning.   The second run scored on a squeeze bunt by pitcher Claude Osteen.  Fortunately, the Astros didn't give up.  In the 5th, Joe Gaines hurt the Dodgers again with an RBI single, but Bob Aspromonte grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.  The game stayed 2-1 until the 9th when closer Ron Perranoski retired the first 2 batters, but allowed singles to Jim Beauchamp, Jim Gentile and John Bateman to tie the game at 2.  Each bullpen put up zeros until the 13th when Rusty Staub doubled with 2 outs and Ron Brand (atoning for his interference call) singled him in with the walkoff series win.

Game MVP: Turk Farrell (7IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 3W, 3K)

The Astros complete the upset with a series sweep.  They will try to continue their improbable run against the winner of the Braves/Reds series.

--submitted by John Clingan--

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