Pitcher use: Gibson, SJ Williams need three games; Redding, Carlton need two games; Dismukes needs one game (at least). Fingers pitched one inning in finale,
Game One: Kennedys 18, Hilldale 1
WP: Carlton (1-2)
LP: Redding (0-2)
HR: McCovey (3)
Game Two: Kennedys 3, Hilldale 2
WP: B Gibson (4-0)
LP: SJ Williams (2-2)
Save: Fingers (3)
HR: Yastrzemski (3), Brett (2)
The first eight Kennedys to bat in the opener scored in an 11-run frame against Cannonball Redding, whose ERA rose to an ugly 11.14 in 21 innings.
Willie McCovey drove in five runs in the frame with a homer and single. He added another RBI in the seventh. Joe Morgan was 2-for-3 with three walks and four runs scored. Reggie Jackson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Dizzy Dismukes pitched well for three innings of relief but took a pounding in an additional two innings to preserve his bullpen mates.
Steve Carlton, meanwhile, was sharp, throwing five no-hit innings and finishing with a four-hitter. He walked five and struck out five.
In the second game, Bob Gibson also threw five no-hit innings and allowed four hits, although he gave up a run in the third on a hit batter and three walks. Rollie Fingers finished for his third save.
Smokey Joe Williams held the Kennedys to just five hits, but three went for extra bases, and all three scored.