Tuesday, December 10, 2013

1968 World Series–Game 1: “Ryan’s Express”

Game 1 – Memorial Stadium

Nolan_Ryan-1968eThe kid was nervous as were the Orioles. After striking out Cleon Jones, Dave McNally gave up a single to Ed Charles,  left Jerry Grote swinging at air, but an error by Mark Belanger and a hit batsman Greg Goossen left the bases loaded. Dave McNally regained composure and got his 3rd K of the inning fanning Tommie Agee. Nolan Ryan on the other hand was 3 up and 3 down. In the 2nd it was Nolan Ryan’s turn to load the bases with Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson singles, Davey Johnson whiffed, and Andy Etchebarren walked loading the bases., Mark Belanger popped up to Greg Goossen and Dave McNally struck-out. In the 3rd Ed Charles lead off with a 323 blast over the left field wall. The pitchers took control over through 8 innings neither pitcher faced more than 4 batters and no base runner advanced past 2nd base. We had a pitching deul going on. In the top of the ninth with Moe Drabowsky pitching Ron Swoboda doubled off the wall to lead off the inning, Greg Goossen sacrifice bunted him to third. Tommy Agee flew out to left and Ron Swoboda made a dash for home, Don Buford threw with all his might when the dust settled Andy Etchebarren held up the ball and the ump yelled 'You're out'. Bottom of the ninth Boog Powell leads off with a walk. Nolan Ryan strikes out Brooks Robinson but Manager Chisholm went to the mound and called on Ron Taylor. It worked. Davey Johnson popped to short and Andy Etchebarren lined to third. The Amazings win 1-0. Winning pitcher and Game MVP Nolan Ryan went 8 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 4 walks with 7 Ks. Ron Taylor was credited with the save. Dave McNally went 8 innings allowing 4 hits 0 walks and 9 Ks but got the loss. Mets lead the series 1-0.

--submitted by Robert Chisholm--

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