Kennedys 6-7, Franklins 6-7
Pitcher use: Seaver and Grove need three games, Marichal, Hoyt and Vance need two games, Feller and B Gibson need one game. Fingers pitched one inning in finale.
Game One: Kennedys 7, Franklins 4
WP: B Gibson (3-0)
LP: Pennock (0-2)
Save: Drysdale (1)
HR: Yastrzemski (2), Fisk (1)
Game Two: Kennedy 11, Franklins 4
WP: Marichal (1-2)
LP: Vance (1-2)
HR: Morgan (1), Brett (1)
Game Three: Kennedy 8, Franklins 7
WP: Seaver (1-0)
LP: Grove (1-3)
Save: Fingers (2)
HR: Yount (2), Gehrig (4), Vaughan (1)
The Kennedys kept Babe Ruth in the park, and scored plenty of runs themselves in the series sweep.
Game One pivoted on a shoddy relief outing by Herb Pennock, who entered in the eighth inning after the Franklins had taken a 4-3 lead. The first five Kennedys reached base on the lefty, and four of them scored.
Game Two saw Dazzy Vance rocked for five runs in the first two innings. He gave way to a pinch hitter, and Waite Hoyt held the Kennedys to one run in the next four innings as the Franklins clawed their way back against Juan Marichal. But Hoyt, after retiring the first two men in the eighth, weakened, and Pennock again threw gasoline on the fire. The Kennedys scored five runs, all with two outs, and walked away.
George Brett hit for the cycle in this game, and Joe Morgan had a grand slam.
In Game Three, Robin Yount's three-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning. The Kennedys led 6-2 after five innings, but the Franklins tied it with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings, aided by a rare Luis Aparicio error and back-to-back wild pitches from Tom Seaver. But a pinch-hit RBI single from Carl Yastrzemski put the Kennedys back in front, and Rollie Fingers staggered through the ninth to nail down the victory.
Ruth, who entered the game with eight home runs in 10 games, went 3-for-10 with three walks and three runs scored.