Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Phillies Sweep 'Stros in Short Series

June 11, 1968
Dierker vs Wise
Philadelphia 5  Houston 3
The Phillies jumped out to a quick 2-0 in the first on the power of a Richie Allen 2 run homerun to left center field.  Houston tied the game in the 4th on singles by Bob Aspromonte and Julio Gotay along with doubles by Jim Wynn and Larry Dierker.  Rick Wise was lifted in the 6th inning in favor of Grant Jackson after giving up one out hits to Dierker and Ron Davis, however, Jackson gave up a SF to Dennis Menke and the Astros had the lead at 3-2.  Dierker was gone an inning later after not being able to hold the lead.  With one out, Richie Allen tied the game at 3 with his second HR of the game this time depositing it into the left field bleachers.  Johnny Callison followed with a single and Bill White worked a walk to put men on first and second.  Tony Taylor than followed with a single to left field but with one out the third base coach decided not to test Jim Wynn's arm in left.  Gary Sutherland came to the plate to PH for light hitting catcher Clay Dalrymple and delivered a double to left center field that plated the final two runs of the game.  Gary Wagner pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn the save and a Philadelphia win.

June 13, 1968
Giusti vs Short
Philadelphia 6  Houston 5
For baseball fans who like the longball they got what they wanted today as the warm air carried 7 balls through the night air into the stands. Houston got on the board first when Bob Watson lauched the first HR of the evening down the left field line in the top of the second.  Bill White returned the favor in the bottom of the evening when his HR went down the right field line.  In the bottom of the 3rd Cookie Rojas gave the Phillies the lead with his solo HR down the left field line to the bleachers.  Then in the top of the 4th Rusty Staub got in the act and tied the game again with a solo homerun down the right field line making the score 2-2 with all runs coming on solo homeruns.  The string was finally broken when Philadelphia regained the lead in the bottom of the forth on a SF by Clay Dalrymple. Things settled down for 2 innings until the top of the 7th when the fireworks began again with a John Bateman solo HR into the left field bleachers to knot the score at 3 but Philadelphia took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a Johnny Briggs single.  The see-saw battle continued when Dennis Menke hit Houston 4th solo HR of the evening to tie the score at 4.  When Rusty Staub followed with a double Chris Short was lifted and John Boozer came on.  After a Boozer error Julio Gotay got a 2 out single to score Staub and give the Astros a 5-4 lead in the 8th.  Giusti came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and after getting the first man out he allowed a single to Bill White.  Giusti got the second out and that brought PH Johnny Callison to the plate as the potential winning run and he didn't disappoint the fans.  Callison drove a 1-0 pitch to the left center field stands.  His HR was the 7th of the evening and the first that was not a solo shot.  It gave Philadelphia a 6-5 lead and Turk Farrell came on to get the save.

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