Birds One Game Away as Dodgers Strand 12

Filed under Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series
October 9, 1966

Baltimore, Oct. 9 (AP) – The Baltimore Orioles put themselves within one game of the franchise’s first world championship with a tight 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the second consecutive game, the Orioles managed only four hits, but four pitchers held off the Dodgers who stranded twelve runners on base after taking an early lead. For nearly every inning, the Dodgers had runners on base but failed to capitalize on scoring chances. The Dodgers struck again in the first inning as Tommy Davis tripled in Willie Davis. Tommy drove a 2-0 pitch from Oriole starter Dave McNally to the right field gap that split Russ Snyder and Frank Robinson. The ball rolled to the fence as Willie Davis who walked scored easily. In the bottom of the first, Los Angeles starter sent a message for the renewed Dodgers as he plunked Frank Robinson in the elbow with a brushback pitch. Robinson was stranded on base, but the message was received.

The Dodgers threatened in the second as John Roseboro led off with a single. McNally fielded John Kennedy’s sacrifice attempt, and gunned down Roseboro at second. After Drysdale flied out, Maury Wills, hitless in 12 at-bats, singled to the left of second base and Kennedy raced around to third base. But with bull pen stirring, McNally escaped as Willie Davis bounced out to Brooks Robinson at third base. In the third, Tommy Davis went to the other gap with a one-out double to left center. Jim Lefebvre walked, and then Wes Parker hit a blooper in front of Curt Blefary in left field. Davis raced home, and Blefary’s strong throw home was in time to erase Davis.

In the Oriole fourth, Frank Robinson stepped in for his next at-bat. Drysdale’s first pitch was sent deep into the left field bleachers to tie the game. In the top of the fifth, McNally finally could not escape the rising tides without help from his bull pen. Willie Davis opened the frame with a single, but Etchebarren cut Davis down on a stolen base attempt. Tommy Davis tapped a slow roller up the third base line, and beat McNally’s throw to first. Moe Drabowsky was brought in by Manager Hank Bauer to relieve McNally. Lefebvre hit a grounder to first, but Powell dropped the ball and Johnson could not corral the ball in time to catch Davis. Parker tested Powell again, but this time Boog cleanly fielded the ball and flipped it to Drabowsky to end the inning.

With one out in the sixth, Frank Robinson again turned Drysdale’s first pitch to another long drive to left. However, this drive was foul, and Drysdale retired Robinson on strikes. But, Brooks Robinson followed with a double to right center, and Powell joined the first pitch parade with a drive to the opposite field gap, scoring Robinson with the go-ahead run. Blefary grounded out to Parker to end the inning. In the Dodger eighth, Tommy Davis stepped in against Baltimore’s third pitcher, Eddie Fisher. Davis needed a home run for the cycle, and more importantly, his team needed a run to tie the game. But, Davis grounded into an automatic out by hitting the ball to Brooks Robinson. Jim Lefebvre singled, and traded places with Parker as Lefebvre was forced at second. But Parker, like several Dodgers before him, was stranded on base as Fisher got Roseboro to fly out to left. Drysdale retired the Orioles in order in the eighth, and the Dodgers were left with a final opportunity to tie the series.

10/9/1966, LAD66-BAL66, Memorial Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1966 Los Angeles       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     1  9  0    12  0
1966 Baltimore         0  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  x     2  4  1     5  0

Los Angeles          AB  R  H BI   AVG    Baltimore            AB  R  H BI   AVG
Wills             ss  5  0  1  0  .063    Aparicio          ss  4  0  0  0  .222
Davis,W           cf  3  1  1  0  .267    Snyder            cf  4  0  0  0  .111
Johnson           rf  4  0  0  0  .313    Robinson,F        rf  3  1  1  1  .313
 Fairly           ph  0  0  0  0  .333    Robinson,B        3b  4  1  1  0  .188
Davis,T           lf  5  0  3  1  .500    Powell            1b  3  0  2  1  .429
Lefebvre          2b  2  0  1  0  .182    Blefary           lf  2  0  0  0  .200
Parker            1b  4  0  1  0  .250    Johnson,D         2b  3  0  0  0  .214
Roseboro          c   4  0  1  0  .250    Etchebarren       c   2  0  0  0  .364
Kennedy           3b  3  0  0  0  .000    McNally           p   1  0  0  0  .250
 Barbieri         ph  1  0  1  0 1.000     Drabowsky        p   1  0  0  0  .000
Drysdale          p   3  0  0  0  .000     Bowens           ph  1  0  0  0  .000
 Gilliam          ph  1  0  0  0  .222     Fisher           p   0  0  0  0  .000
                     35  1  9  1           Miller,S         p   0  0  0  0  .000
                                                               28  2  4  2

Los Angeles                      INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Drysdale         L 0-2           8.0  4  2  2  1  6 100  69  2.93
                                 8.0  4  2  2  1  6 100  69

Baltimore                        INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
McNally                          4.2  7  1  1  3  2  89  53  1.46
Drabowsky        W 1-0           2.1  0  0  0  0  2  23  17  0.00
Fisher           H 1             1.2  2  0  0  1  0  22  11  0.00
Miller,S         S 1             0.1  0  0  0  1  1   9   4  0.00
                                 9.0  9  1  1  5  5 143  85

LAD: Barbieri batted for Kennedy in the 9th
     Gilliam batted for Drysdale in the 9th
     Fairly batted for Johnson in the 9th
BAL: Bowens batted for Drabowsky in the 7th

E-Powell. 2B-Davis,T, Robinson,B, Powell. 3B-Davis,T. HR-Robinson,F(1).
CS-Davis,W. K-Johnson 2, Davis,T, Kennedy, Drysdale, Aparicio, Snyder,
Robinson,F, Robinson,B, McNally, Bowens. BB-Davis,W 2, Lefebvre 2, Fairly,
Blefary. HBP-Robinson,F, Etchebarren. HB-Drysdale 2. WP-Fisher.
GWRBI: Powell
Temperature: 63, Sky: clear, Wind: in from right at 9 MPH.

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