Thursday, November 19, 2015

George bracket: Orioles (69) defeat Dodgers (69) in seven games

Game One: 69 Orioles 6, 69 Dodgers 4 (16 innings)
WP: Hardin (1-0)
LP: A Foster (1-1)
Save: Watt (1)
HR: D Johnson (1)

Game Two: 69 Orioles 3, 69 Dodgers 2
WP: McNally (3-0)
LP: Osteen (4-2)
Save: Watt (2)
HR: Etchebarren (1)

Game Three: 69 Dodgers 5, 69 Orioles 2
WP: Singer (4-2)
LP: Palmer (3-1)
Save: Brewer (5)
HR: F Robinson (7)

Game Four: 69 Dodgers 8, 69 Orioles 2
WP: Sutton (3-3)
LP: Phoebus (1-3)
HR: Kosco (6)

Game Five: 69 Dodgers 2, 69 Orioles 1
WP: Osteen (5-2)
LP; Cuellar (2-1)

Game Six: 69 Orioles 4, 69 Dodgers 3
WP: McNally (4-0)
LP: Singer (4-3)
Save: Watt (3)
HR: Buford (1), Russell (1)

Game Seven: 69 Orioles 6, 69 Dodgers 1
WP: Palmer (4-1)
LP: Sutton (3-4)
HR: Powell (7)

It was a road warrior series, as the visitors won each game. The Orioles prevailed despite being outscored 25-24.Three of the seven games were decided by one run, and another went 16 innings.

That marathon was the opener, played in Dodger Stadium. Boog Powell singled home Don Buford in the first inning, and Buford had an RBI single in the fourth to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead. The Dodgers  The Dogers used a walk, two singles and a sac fly to tie it in the bottom of the fourth, then took the lead on another sac fly in the fifth. Davy Johnson tied it in the eighth with a homer off reliever Jim Brewer, and the bullpens dueled deep into extra innings. Dave Leonhard threw five scoreless frames for the Orioles, who took the lead in the 12th when Johnson singled off Pete Mikkelsen, stole second and came around on Powell's double. But Pete Richert couldn't hold the lead; Bill Russell doubled and scored on Ted Sizemore's two-out single. There followed three more scoreless innings. In the top of 16th, Hardin singles, Buford walked, Johnson doubled home Hardin and Frank Robinson plated Buford with a ground ball. Eddie Watt relieved Hardin in the bottom of the inning after a one-out single to wrap it up.

Game Two was a shorter affair. Andy Etchebarren hit a two-run homer off Claude Osteen in the second inning. In the seventh, Mark Belanger tripled and scored on a fly ball. Dave McNally carreda three-hit shutout into the eighth, when, with one out, Tom Haller and pinch-hitter Bill Sudakis singled and Maury Wills walked. Reliever Dick Hall induced a popup, but then Willie Davis singled in two runs before Hall got out of the inning. Watt allowed a harmless single in the ninth to secure the win.

The series moved to Memorial Stadium in Baltimore for Game Three, and the Dodgers nicked Jim Palmer for two runs on five singles in the first inning, with Wills stealing second and third. Frank Robinson retaliated in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer, but the Birds wouldn't score again, while Palmer was victimized for three runs in the fifth. Davis and Willie Crawford singled and Wes Parker walked to load the bases. Sudakis singled home the first two runners, and Len Gabrielson's fly ball plated Parker. The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Brewer got pinch-hitter Curt Motton to bounce into a double play.

The Dodgers evened the series in Game Four by pummeling Tom Phoebus for six runs in five innings. Andy Kosco hit the Bums' first homer of the series in the second inning, but the big damage came in the third. Don Sutton led off with a walk. He took second on a wild pitch and third on Wills' bunt. Sizemore singled Sutton home. Davis walked, and both runners advanced on Crawford's grounder. Parker singled both men home, and Tom Haller brought Parker around with a double. Davis was 3-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored, while Parker had four RBIs. Sutton went seven innings.

Game Five was not only a close contest -- 2-1 Dodgers -- but saw three key players taken out for the rest of the series by injury. Frank Robinson went down in the first inning for Baltimore, while the Dodgers lost Parker in the third inning and Davis in the sixth, The Dodgers scored first in the second inning; Jim Lefebvre singled, went to third on Mike Cuellar's throwing error, and scored on Jeff Torborg's base hit. In the third, Wills singled, stole second, took third on Sizemore's bunt and scored on Davis' single. The Orioles got one back off Osteen in the fourth, but the scoring ended there. Osteen scattered nine hits, all singles.

The series returned to Los Angeles with the Dodgers one win shy of advancing. Buford put the Orioles ahead with a homer in the third, and the Dodgers never caught up. The Orioles added a run in the fifth on Dave May's sac fly, Buford doubled in another run in the seventh and Brooks Robinson homered in the eighth. Bill Russell homered off McNally in the sixth, and the Dodgers scored two in the eighth to make it close.

Game Seven pitted two Hall of Fame hurlers in Palmer and Sutton. It was scoreless for three innings, but in the fourth the Orioles scored three runs -- Brooks Robinson doubled, Paul Blair singled, Johnson and Merv Rettemund walked, Elrod Hendricks singled and Belanger hit a sac fly. Palmer's error set up a Dodger run in the bottom of the inning, but in the fifth Johnson singled, Rettemund doubled, Hendricks singled in Johnson and Belanger brought in Rettemund with a grounder for a 5-1 lead. Powell capped the scoring with a homer in the seventh. Palmer went the distance, allowing just three hits.

Player of the series: Davy Johnson went 15-for-29 with five runs and two RBIs.

Player availability: Frank Robinson will be available for Game One. Palmer cannot pitch until Game Three.

Projected rotation: Cuellar-McNally-Palmer-Phoebus (or Hardin)-(Cuellar)-(McNally)-(Palmer)

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