Ikes 12-24, Crawfords 21-14
Pitcher use: Rogan and Ford need three games, Roberts and Trent need two. Bunning pitched one inning in finale.
Game One: Ikes 4, Crawfords 3
WP: Roberts (1-4)
LP: Trent (3-2)
HR: Charleston (10)
Game Two: Ikes 6, Crawford 4
WP: Ford (5-3)
LP: Rogan (4-4)
Save: Bunning (1)
HR: Mathews (9), Duncan (1), Oms (5)
It was a golden opportunity for the Crawfords to take firm control of the Division B race; Homestead had already been swept in Series 15, and they were playing the last-place team in Division A. But the Ikes weren't an easy pair of Ws -- they weren't a pair of Ws of any sort.
Robin Roberts went the distance in Game One to get his first win of the season. Staked to an early 3-0 lead, the big righty scattered 11 hits, four of them consecutively in the sixth inning.
Stan Musial had a pair of doubles and two RBI for the Ikes.
The Ikes opened the second game with a three-run outburst against Bullet Joe Rogan, but Whitey Ford gave all three runs back in the third with a pair of gopher balls. The game remain tied into the sixth, when Eddie Mathews homered; the Ikes added two more in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Ford threw five hitless innings before allowing two baserunners to open the ninth. The Ikes bypassed closer Hoyt Wilhelm for Jim Bunning, and while Bunning did allow a run-scoring pinch-hit single to Louis Santop, he got a game-ending double play out of Alejandro Oms.
Musial was 4-for-8 in the series with two runs, two RBIs and two doubles.