Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dodgers and Bucs split a pair

3 stellar shutout innings in relief
4/14/68 - Dodger Stadium
Bunning vs Osteen
Pirates 1, Dodgers 0

Jim Bunning (6 IP) and Luke Walker (3 IP) combined to shutout the Dodgers in this 1-0 classic pitcher's duel.  Entering the 8th the game was still scoreless when Maury Wills led off the inning vs his former mates and worked out a walk.  Gene Alley bunted him over to second.  A wild pitch moved him 90 feet closer to scoring, which he did on a Willie Stargell sac fly to center.  That would be the only run of the game.

4/15/68 - Dodger Stadium
Veale vs Singer
Dodgers 8, Pirates 5

Both Veale and Singer forgot to get the memo that 1968 was supposed to be the year of the pitcher.  In their respective cases it was more like the "Year of the batting practice pitcher".  Both hurlers combined to allow 11 runs over the first 3 frames.  Veale called it a day with 2 outs in the 4th and Singer survived to finish 6.  With the score 6-5 LA the hometown team added two huge runs to their lead in the bottom of the 6th.  Reliever Tommie Sisk loaded the bases up.  Singer was lifted for a pinch hitter (Len Gabrielson), who hit a bullet to the best fielding second baseman in the league (Mazeroski), who turned a neat 4-6-3 DP.  On the play Ron Fairly scored to make it 7-5.  Willie Davis lined a single to make it 8-5, which is how it finished as the Bucs and Dodgers split a 2 game set.

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