Giants Sweep But Rivalry Renewed

Filed under Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants
April 30, 1967

Willie McCovey, shown above in Friday night's action, was denied the opportunity to hit for the cycle by Ron Perranoski's bean ball in the ninth. McCovey was a single short of the feat, but he wrapped up Player of the Month honors with his 3-hit, 3 RBI performance in the Giants' comeback win. Photo - Sporting News
The San Francisco Giants paid a visit to Chavez Ravine to renew their rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Times had changed since the clubs last met in September. The Dodgers closed that series with a 15-5 rout over the Giants en route to a world’s championship. The Giants took little consolation that they won the season series, 13 games to 5. This season on paper, the spring experts tabbed the Giants to continue their pursuit of the pennant while the Dodgers, with their off-season roster overhaul, were ticketed for the second division. In this series, those paper predictions matched the on-the-field activity. The Dodger bull pen, an asset last season, imploded. On Friday, “The Vulture” Phil Regan, who gave up only six home runs in over 115 innings pitched, served up 9th inning and 10th inning home runs to Willie Mays and Jim Ray Hart respectively in a 7-6 loss. The next day, Juan Marichal held on for another one-run victory, 5-4, and only the New York Mets were keeping the champion Dodgers from the National League cellar.

Frustration was mounting within the Dodger locker room. The post-game chatter dwindled with each game until, by Saturday, most players left without saying a word to the media or to their teammates. A players-only meeting was held before Sunday’s game, and Walter Alston’s troops were revived. Dodger starter Don Drysdale served notice by hitting Giant rookie Ken Henderson in the first inning. Henderson was stranded at first, and in the bottom of the frame, Los Angeles rushed to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Giant starter Bobby Bolin, who is struggling early this season. The Dodgers cashed in on three first-inning walks, and John Roseboro drove in a pair with a line drive single between 3B Hart and SS Fuentes. Bolin could not make it three innings, but in the fourth, the Giants closed within a run on a Willie McCovey home run, his ninth of the season, and a RBI double by Tom Haller. In the fifth, the Dodgers got those two runs back on a RBI single by Bob Bailey and a sacrifice fly by Gene Michael.

The Dodgers appeared to have righted the ship until the eighth inning. Drysdale retired Fuentes, but then Henderson singled in front of CF Jim Hickman, and Drysdale walked Norm Siebern. McCovey, who had doubled in his previous at-bat, laced a drive between Bailey in left and Hickman. The ball bounced oddly off the wall, and as Bailey corralled it, McCovey was chugging into third with a two-run triple. With the lead again sliced to a single run, Alston summoned Ron Perranoski to relieve Drysdale. Regan’s recent failures left Perranoski as his choice on this afternoon. Jim Ray Hart battled the count full, then lined a pea past first baseman Ron Fairly who was inched in for a possible play at the plate. Before Al “The Bull” Ferrara could retrieve the ball, Hart was around second base and on his way for back-to-back triples for the Giants and a tie ball game. The Dodger infield came in to play for at the plate, and Tom Haller easily drove a single past Jim Lefebvre for the go-ahead run. Ollie Brown followed with a first-pitch single to advance Haller to third. Hal Lanier squeezed Haller home with a perfect bunt down the third base line. San Francisco had scored five runs and now held a two-run lead. The 36,848 in attendance at Dodger Stadium voiced their displeasure as Lindy McDaniel flied out to left to finally end the inning.

In the Dodger eighth, Fairly doubled with two outs but was stranded as Lefebvre lined out to McCovey. The top of the ninth started off as routine as it seemed the Giants were ready to pack their bags and leave town with their series sweep in hand. Fuentes and Henderson hit routine ground outs, but Siebern continued the inning with a single between Fairly and Lefebvre. That brought Willie McCovey to bat for a chance to complete the cycle. After a first-inning ground out, McCovey had homered, doubled and tripled. McCovey was the obvious choice for Player of the Month honors in the National League – .360 average, 9 home runs, 20 RBI, a 1.000 slugging percentage. A cycle on the last day of April would be icing on the cake for Mac. Perranoski’s first pitch hit McCovey in the back of the shoulder. McCovey glanced away, then glared toward the mound. Roseboro, no stranger to batter-pitcher confrontation, rushed up to restrain McCovey. Cooler heads remarkably prevailed though both clubs stood on their dugout’s top steps to watch the action. Hart grounded out to end the inning.

McDaniel closed out the Dodgers and the game by retiring the side in order, and the Giants had completed their first ever sweep at Dodger Stadium. Yet, the rivalry was once again renewed.

4/30/1967, SFG67-LAD67, Dodger Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1967 San Francisco     0  0  0  2  0  0  0  5  0     7 10  0     7  1
1967 Los Angeles       3  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0     5  9  0    11  0

San Francisco        AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Fuentes           2b  5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .180    2  3  0  0
Henderson         cf  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  .155    0  0  0  0
Siebern           lf  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .100    5  0  0  0
McCovey           1b  4  2  3  3  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .360   10  1  0  0
Hart              3b  4  2  1  1  0  1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .306    0  0  0  0
Haller            c   4  1  3  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .297    4  0  0  0
Brown             rf  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .229    4  0  0  0
Lanier            ss  3  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  .244    1  6  0  0
Bolin             p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Gibbon           p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Sorrell          ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 McDaniel         p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
                     36  7 10  7  2  2  1  2  5  0  0  0  2  1  0         27 11  0  0

Los Angeles          AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Michael           ss  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  1  .250    0  3  0  0
 Schofield        ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
Hunt              2b  3  1  1  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .222    2  4  0  0
Fairly            1b  4  1  1  0  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .266   14  1  0  0
Lefebvre          3b  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .283    2  3  0  0
Ferrara           rf  5  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .217    1  0  0  0
Roseboro          c   5  1  3  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .286    5  0  0  0
Hickman           cf  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .097    1  0  0  0
Bailey            lf  4  0  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .196    1  0  0  0
Drysdale          p   2  0  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    1  1  0  0
 Perranoski       p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
                     33  5  9  5  1  1  0  8  4  0  0  1  0  1  1         27 13  0  0

San Francisco                    INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Bolin                            2.2  4  3  3  6  1  81  42   18  0  0  0  0  0  7.79
Gibbon                           3.1  4  2  2  2  2  59  34   15  0  1  0  0  1 10.50
McDaniel         W 1-1           3.0  1  0  0  0  1  30  23   10  0  0  0  0  0  3.24
                                 9.0  9  5  5  8  4 170  99   43  0  1  0  0  1

Los Angeles                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Drysdale                         7.1  6  5  5  2  5 107  66   31  1  0  1  0  0  4.32
Perranoski       BS 1, L 1-2     1.2  4  2  2  0  0  27  18   10  0  0  1  0  0  2.00
                                 9.0 10  7  7  2  5 134  84   41  1  0  2  0  0

SFG: Sorrell batted for Gibbon in the 7th
LAD: Schofield batted for Michael in the 8th
     Schofield moved to ss in the 9th

GWRBI: Haller
Temperature: 74, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 1 MPH.

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