Monday, December 3, 2012

NLCS Game 1: "Lou'd behavior"

GAME 1 - Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 4, Cardinals 0
Gibson vs Koufax
The series opener featured the marquee matchup of the decade:  Bob Gibson vs Sandy Koufax.  Neither man would disappoint, but the great Koufax would be just a tad better.  In the bottom of the first Maury Wills walked, then stole second with 2 outs.  The ever so clutch Lou Johnson, who always gets big hits in Koufax games, delivered a 2 out RBI single to score the speedy Wills.  Jim Lefebvre walked and Johnny Roseboro singled him home to make it 2-0.  Gibson, who might have been disturbed by the 20 mph wind, would not give up another run in his next 6 innings of work.  Unfortunately when you spot Koufax 2 runs it's almost impossible for your team's offense to make up the deficit.  Koufax wasn't lights out, but he was able to come up with the big strikeout when needed to strand Cardinal runners in scoring position.  LA would add 2 insurance runs in the 8th on a Wills double and another Lou Johnson single.  Those runs came off of the Cardinal bullpen, not Gibson, who exited the previous inning for a pinch hitter.  Koufax would got the distance and record the series opening shutout, despite allowing 6 hits and 3 walks.  He is now 3-0 in the tournament.
Dodgers lead series 1-0

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