Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dodgers take 2 of 3 from Cincy

5/3/1968 - Dodger Stadium
Maloney vs Sutton
Dodgers 4, Reds 1

A 3 run shot by 3-Dog, Willie Davis in the bottom of the 3rd gave Don Sutton all the runs he would need.  Sutton (1-1, 0.51) typically doesn't get much in the way of run support.  His opposing number Jim Maloney (0-2, 3.97) fanned 9 in 5 innings, but was a victim of the long ball.  LA added a solo run in the 5th and Cincy finally got on the board in the top of the 9th with their lone run of the game.  Sutton went the distance and allowed just 4 hits, no walks and 1 run, while striking out 3.

Arrigo vs Singer
Reds 5, Dodgers 1 (13 inn)

Cincy victimized LA's 3rd pitcher on the day, Jack Billingham, for 4 runs in the top of the 13th to break a 1-1 tie and eventually win the game.  Tommy Helms doubled off the left field wall to lead off.  After Leo Cardenas grounded to third, pinch hitter Don Pavletich walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out.  "Charlie Hustle", Pete Rose laced a hard opposite field grounder through the hole to score Helms.  Alex Johnnson, Vada Pinson and Tony Perez followed with RBI knocks of their own to break the game open.  Mel Queen came on board to pitch an uneventful 9th.

Drysdale vs Pappas
Dodgers 3, Reds 1

The Dodgers got 7 superb innings out of Don Drysdale (1 unearned run), who was pitching on short rest.  Jim Brewer posted his 3rd save with 2 scoreless innings of relief.  LA would score all of their runs off of Milt Pappas in the bottom of the first when they scored 3 all with 2 out.  After Jim Fairey struck out and Zollio Versalles grounded out, Willie Davis worked out a 5 pitch walk.  3-Dog then stole second and scored easily when Alex Johnson booted Ron Fairly's seeing eye single.  Tom Haller knocked in the second run with a 2-2 single and Wes Parker followed suit with a full count bleeder that sliced between third and short.  Cincy scored their lone run in the top of the 5th when Whitfield scampered home on a Tommy Helms ground out.

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