4/18/1969 - HOU 2, LAD 0
D.Wilson vs Drysdale
A two out two run single by Jesus Alou scored Dennis Menke and Johnny Edwards to break a scoreless tie. Don Wilson easily protected his newfound lead for the complete game five hit shutout. Don Drysdale, who hasn't been himself at all during this young season, fell to a very un-Drysdale-like 0-3.
A 3 run rally in the bottom of the 7th turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead for the Dodgers. Up until that point Larry Dierker was spotless. LA capitalized on some luck and a Astro mistake. The luck came in the way of a botched hit and run by Bill Haller, which wound up being a stolen base by lead footed Andy Kosco. Haller then doubled home Kosco for the first run of the inning. The normally surehanded Doug Rader booted a slow roller off the bat of rookie Ted Sizemore to setup a 2 run double by pinch hitter Len Gabrielson. Don Sutton got the win with 8 solid innings of work. Jim Brewer earned the save with 2 perfect innings of relief and Larry Dierker was the hard luck loser.
Houston wound up clearing the bench to rest the regulars as the Dodgers scored early and often. Claude Osteen fanned 9 and gave up 1 run on 6 hits to complete the circuit. Rookie Ted Sizemore had a 3 hit day. Bill Sudakis homered twice and knocked in 4.