Sunday, November 18, 2012

Round 1: Dodgers (1) sweep Amazin's (9)

GAME 1 - Dodger Stadium
Shaw vs Koufax
Dodgers 5, Mets 2

The upstart Amazin's carried a 2-1 lead into the 6th inning.  The incomparable Sandy Koufax had a shaky 4th inning where he lost his control and gave up 3 hits and a walk.  To his credit, Koufax quickly righted the ship and limited the damage to a Bud Harrelson RBI single and a wild pitch run.  A two out single by Wes Parker scored Ron Fairly for the tying run.  LA then scored 2 in the 7th on RBI singles from Willie Davis and Lou Johnson.  In the 8th Maury Wills hit a solo shot to give Koufax a 3 run lead.  Bob Miller finished out with a scoreless 9th to give the Dodgers the series edge.
Dodgers lead series 1-0


GAME 2 - Dodger Stadium
Friend vd Drysdale
Dodgers 8, Mets 7

Co-ace Don Drysdale was victimized by his own wildness and New York's lumber, but the Amazin's still weren't able to capitalize on it for a much needed win.  New York had themselves a 5-3 lead until LA posted a 4 spot in the 6th off of reliever Dick Selma.  A much needed insurance run in the 7th came via a Wes Parker sac fly.  With the score 8-5 LA and relief specialist Ron Rerranoski on the mound LA looked to have the game in the bag.  A two run triple by Chuck Hiller gave New York new life and hastened Perranoski's departure.  Phil Regan came on board to squelch the Met rally and get the final 3 outs in the 9th.  Dodger fans were able to exhale.  Ron Fairly paced LA's offense with a 2 run blast and an RBI single, while going 2 for 3.  Ed Kranepool (3-5) had a 4 RBI day.  Wills had 3 hits for the Dodgers and a stolen base.  Drysdale, while not overly effective on the hill was stout with the bat knocking in 2 with a 2 out RBI single.
Dodgers lead series 2-0

GAME 3 - Shea Stadium
Osteen vs Ribant
Dodgers 5, Mets 1

Ron Hunt's RBI single in the first scored Chuck Hiller and gave the Amazin's a 1-0 lead off of Claude Osteen.  LA's soft tossing lefty would close the door on the Flushing 9 with 8 shutout innings the rest of the way.  LA scored runs in 4 consecutive innings (2nd - 5th) to dispatch the Amazin's rather easily in this elimination game.  Maury Wills stole 2 bases.  Jim Lefebvre and John Roseboro at solo blasts.  Lefebvre's blast was 453 feet, which cleared the bullpen and wound up in the parking lot.  Osteen hit a solo shot in the 4th, which made him both the pitching and hitting star.
Dodgers win series 3-0

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