Kennedys 16-17, Ikes 10-24
Pitcher use: Seaver and Wynn need three games; Spahn, Lemon and Marichal need two, Ford and Gibson need one. Niekro pitched 1.6 innings in finale, Newhouser one.
Game One: Kennedys 8, Ikes 7
WP: Drysdale (2-1)
LP: Ford (4-4)
Save: Fingers (6)
HR: Brett 2 (8), Snider (7), Banks (12)
Game Two: Kennedys 11, Ikes 6
WP: Marichal (3-4)
LP: Spahn (2-5)
HR: Mays (6), Musial (7), Morgan (4), Rose (1), Fisk (2)
Game Three: Kennedys 11, Ikes 8
WP: Niekro (1-0)
LP: Newhouser (0-2)
HR: Bench (8), Musial (8), Mathews (8), Berra (3), Seaver (1)
Lots of runs for both teams, but more of them for the Kennedys.
The Ikes pummeled Bob Gibson for five runs (including a grand slam by Ernie Banks) in the very first inning of the series, but that was about as good as it got for the home team. George Brett's three-run homer in the sixth inning pulled the Kennedys to within 7-5.
In the eighth Ikes starter Whitey Ford loaded the bases with none out. Jim Bunning relieved and stuck out both Johnny Bench and Reggie Jackson. But pinch-hitter Carl Yastrzemski drew a walk to make it 7-6, and pinch-hitter Willie McCovey doubled for two more runs.
Sandy Koufax fanned five men in the eight and ninth innings for the Kennedys, but after Willie Mays beat out an infield single and Roy Campanella pinch hit for Yogi Berra, the Kennedys turned to Rollie Fingers to get the final out.
Such drama was lacking in the second game. The Kennedys racked Warren Spahn for five runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to chase him. Carlton Fisk drove in four runs for the winners with a pair of doubles and a homer. Juan Marichal went the distance for the Kennedys, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks.
The third game was a pitchers duel (Tom Seaver vs. Early Wynn) for six innings. The Kennedys trailed 2-0 after four but scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, with Seaver's homer starting things. Hank Aaron tripled home two runs in the seventh, and the Kennedys scored four home in the eighth, highlighted by Brett's bases-loaded triple.
But the Ikes struck back in their half of the eighth. Seaver walked four for the first five men he faced in the inning, then gave up a grand slam to Eddie Mathews. He left for Phil Niekro, who promptly allowed a solo shot to Berra, tying the score at eight.
But Hal Newhouser promptly gave up a three-run homer to Johnny Bench, and Niekro made the three-run lead stand up in the ninth.
Brett was 6-for-10 in the series with eight RBIs and three walks