Ikes 4-3, Hilldale 3-4
Pitcher update: Roberts, Winters need three games, SJ Williams and Wynn one game. Hensley and Bunning each pitched two innings in finale, Dismukes one.
Game 1: Hilldale 4, Ikes 2
WP: SJ Williams (1-1)
LP: Wynn (0-1)
HR: T. Williams (1), Leonard (1), Wells (2)
Game 2: Ikes 7, Hilldale 4, 10 innings
WP: Bunning (2-0)
LP: Dismukes (1-1)
HR: Mathews (2), Campanella (1)
For six batters, Smokey Joe Williams was ineffective.
For the next 27, he was superb.
The Hilldale righty fave up two run in the first inning on a homer by Ted Williams, but fired a complete-game win, fanning 10 Ikes and allowing just four hits.
Buck Leonard hit a three-run shot off Early Wynn in the third — a rally started with two outs when Duke Snider dropped Cristobal Torriente's fly ball in right field.
In the finale, the Ikes opened a three-run lead on Nip Winters only to see that vanish in the seventh, when Hilldale put together a three-run rally against Robin Roberts for a 4-3 lead.
But Eggie Hensley gave up a tying homer to Eddie Mathews in the eighth, and in the 10th the Ikes racked Dizzy Dismukes for a double, triple and homer (by Roy Campanella) in succession to make a winner of Jim Bunning, who had two hitless innings of relief.