Monday, January 25, 2010

Series 1: Kennedys take two of three from Ikes

Kennedys 2-1, Ikes 1-2

Pitcher status: Lemon, Spahn and Seaver one game, Wynn and Carlton two games, Gibson and Roberts three games. Niekro and Newhouser each pitched one inning in finale.

Game 1: Ikes 11, Kennedys 4, 11 innings
WP: Bunning (1-0)
LP: Koufax (0-1)
HR: Snider (1), Mathews (1), Bench (1)
Game 2: Kennedys 7, Ikes 6
WP: Drysdale (1-0)
LP: Lemon (0-1)
Save: Fingers (1)
HR: Mays (1), Musial (1), Snider (2), Yastrzemski (1)
Game 3: Kennedys 11, Ikes 6
WP: Gibson (1-0)
LP: Roberts (0-1)
HR: Banks 2 (2), McCovey (1), Yount (1)


It was a series marked by big innings.
  • The Ikes had a seven-run explosion in the 11th inning of Game 1 against Sandy Koufax and Phil Niekro.
  • The Kennedys, trailing 5-3 in the eighth inning of the second game, got a grand slam from Carl Yastrzemski to victimize Bob Lemon.
  • The Kennedys followed up by blowing open a 4-3 third game with four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Starting pitchers struggled. Warren Spahn and Tom Seaver each allowed four runs in the first five innings of the opener. Steve Carlton gave up five runs in less than eight innings. Bob Gibson also allowed five runs in eight innings — and he got the win, because Robin Roberts gave up eight runs in seven innings, and Hal Newhouser allowed another three.
Ernie Banks, after opening 0-for-nine, went four-for-five with two homers in the finale. Ted Williams was 5-for-13 for the series and Willie Mays scored five runs for the Ikes. Duke Snider had four RBIs, including a pinch-hit homer.
The Kennedys offense was led by George Brett, 8 for 15 with three doubles but with just two runs and one RBI. Johnny Bench was 4 for 10 with three runs, and Joe Morgan scored four runs. Yastrzemski had six RBIs.

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