Homestead 18-12, Ikes 10-21
Pitcher use: Roberts and D. Brown need three games, Paige and Wynn need two games, Salmon and Lemon need one game. Matlock pitched one inning in finale.
Game One: Homestead 5, Ikes 3
WP: Paige (4-2)
LP: Wynn (1-6)
HR: Banks (11), Musial (6), Wilson (5), T. Williams (6), J. Gibson (13)
Game Two: Homestead 9, Ikes 8 (11 innings)
WP: Matlock (3-2)
LP: Lemon (0-3)
HR: J. Gibson (14), C. Smith (8), Mays (5), Musial (7), Campanella (2)
Homestead entered the series just out of first place in Division B, and did what it needed to do to keep the heat on the Crawfords.
Back to back homers in the sixth inning from Josh Gibson and Jud Wilson put Homestead ahead in the first game, but the Ikes tied it at three on a Ted Williams homer. But Homestead pinned the loss on Early Wynn late with a two-run rally in the eighth that featured a triple by Mule Suttles and a double by Dobie Moore.
Satchel Paige went the distance (as did Wynn), allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out 10 -- but surrendered three solo homers.
Both lineups feasted on second-game starters Dave Brown and Robin Roberts. Roberts allowed at least one run in each of the first six innings but stopped the Homestead attack in the seventh and eighth innings. Brown opened the game with three shutout frames but allowed multiple runs in each of the next three innings.
But relievers Harry Salmon, Leroy Matlock and Bob Lemon took the game into the 11th inning before Lemon cracked (walk, single, single).
Stan Musial was 4-for-8 with two homers, two walks, a double, three runs and four RBIs. Josh Gibson also homered in each game and was 4-for-9. Suttles was 6-for-8.