Pitcher status: Seaver and Brewer need three games off, Rogan and Marichal two, Niekro, Drysdale, Davis one each. Streeter pitched 1-plus inning in finale.
Game 1: Crawfords 9, Kennedys 3
WP: Rogan (1-0)
LP: Marichal (0-1)
HR: Wright(1), Aaron (1)
Game 2: Crawfords 6, Kennedys 5 (12 innings)
WP: Davis (1-0)
LP: Drysdale (1-1)
HR: Beckwith (2), Wright (2), Aaron (2)
The Crawfords may be in first place in Division B now, but a potentially serious weakness — the lack of a reliable closer — may have been exposed.
Sam Streeter, Ted Trent and Verdell Mathis combined to allow five straight Kennedys to reach with two outs in the ninth of the second game, blowing a 5-2 lead.
Roosevelt Davis wound up with the win with three innings of shutout relief — and with nobody left in the Crawfords bullpen, even drove in the winning run with a single off Don Drysdale.
In the first game, the Crawfords pounded Juan Marichal for eight runs in five innings. Wild Bill Wright had five RBIs in that game.
John Beckwith had six hits in the two games for the Crawfords, scoring four times and driving in three. Alejandro Oms had five hits, including two doubles, three runs and two RBI.