Dodgers Take Opening Win in St. Louis, 4-1

Filed under Los Angeles Dodgers
May 20, 1968

Larry Jaster, who no-hit the Dodgers in 1966, got the nod from manager Red Schoendienst for the first time this season as the first place Cardinals and second place Dodgers met in an early National League showdown. The Dodgers take the opening, powering past Cardinals, 4-1. Willie Davis belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Jaster (1-1) to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Former Cardinal Ted Savage homered twice for the Dodgers as Don Sutton earned his third victory in four decisions with bull pen help from Jim Brewer and Jack Billingham. The Redbirds took an early 1-0 lead in the third after Lou Brock lined a two-out single down the right field line. Brock stole second base, the first of two on the night, and scored easily on Curt Flood’s single through the hole at short. The Dodgers promptly knotted the game in the top of the fourth on Savage’s first home run of the evening. Sutton ran into trouble in the Cardinal seventh after Mike Shannon led off with a double. After Javier flew out to Davis in center, Manager Walter Alston summoned Sutton to intentionally pass Dal Maxvill to force the pitcher’s spot to bat. When Roger Maris was announced as the pinch-hitter for Jaster, Alston called in the southpaw Brewer who struck out Maris and Brock to end the threat. In the bottom of the ninth, a tiring Brewer served up a ringing double to Maxvill, and Alston called upon his rookie sensation Jack Billingham to close the game out by inducing pinch-hitter Dick Schofield to pop out to Wes Parker at first base. The Cardinals now lead the Dodgers by three and a half games as the two clubs have three games remaining in the series.

In Cincinnati, the Reds dropped their sixth in a row with a 6-2 loss to Houston. Denis Menke socks a sixth inning grand slam off Reds fireman Ted Abernathy for the deciding margin. The Reds are an incredible 15 1/2 games out of first place. Cincinnati lost seven in a row after a 10-3 Opening Day home win against the Cubs. Phil Niekro and the Braves defeat Juan Marichal (4-5) and the Giants, 5-3, in Atlanta. Joe Torre enjoyed a three-hit night in his first game at first base for the Braves this season. The hot-hitting Bob Tillman took over the regular catching duties in Torre’s month-long absence after being hit in the head just below the plastic cap by a Joe Niekro fastball on April 18. Torre suffered a slight fracture of his left cheekbone. Tillman is batting .438 with 7 RBI in the last week. The latest sensation to hit Broadway, southpaw Jerry Koosman, ran his record to 6-0 with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Koosman made first inning home runs by Al Weis and Ron Swoboda hold up as the Minnesota native went the distance.

The National League announced that Dodger pitcher Bill Singer was named Player of the Week for the week ending May 19. Singer was 2-0 for the resurgent Dodgers, striking out 19 in 17.1 innings. New York Yankee Roy White was named American League Player of the Week. White batted .364 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 SB for the week.

In American League action, Detroit’s Denny McLain joined Cardinal Bob Gibson as the only seven game winners in baseball as the Tigers beat the Twins, 7-1. Willie Horton and Al Kaline homered for the Bengals. In Anaheim, the Angels trimmed the Red Sox, 2-1, on pinch-hitter Bubba Morton’s RBI single. The loss dropped Boston into a second place three-way tie with the A’s and Twins, each team three games behind the Tigers. In Baltimore, former Oriole Luis Aparicio hit a two-run homer in the fourteenth to double up the O’s, 4-2.

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Harriman Says ‘Quit Stalling’
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Picket in Private Area Upheld
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