McCovey Breaks Fifteen Inning Scoring Silence

Filed under Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants
June 5, 1968

Nearly five years ago, a crowd of 15,921 gathered on a Tuesday evening at Candlestick Park to witness what later was described as one of the greatest pitching performances in baseball’s modern era. On that night, Warren Spahn of the Braves and Juan Marichal of the Giants locked into a sixteen inning scoreless duel that finally was called off on a Willie Mays home run. Last night, 28-year-old Woodie Fryman of the Phillies and 29-year-old Gaylord Perry of the Giants nearly duplicated the feat but a smaller gathering of 3,018, the lowest attendance since Candlestick Park opened in 1960, marked a contest equally as dramatic. The previous low was 3,261 on September 30, 1964 vs. Houston.

Willie McCovey tripled over the head of Johnny Briggs in the fifteenth inning scoring Jim Davenport who had walked. It was the only run of the game as the Giants defeated the Phillies, 1-0. Each starting pitcher lasted beyond the regulation nine innings, and each controlled the opposing lineup with relative ease. Only twice did each team have a runner reach scoring position during the first eight frames, but Fryman and Perry would leave that runner stranded. In the bottom of the ninth, it appeared the Giants would close the game out as Mays beat out an infield single with one out. Jim Ray Hart lined a Fryman offering down the left field line, and the Giants had runners at the corners with one out. But, Fryman bore down, induced Ollie Brown to pop feebly out to shortstop, and then struck out Dick Dietz on four pitches. In the eleventh stanza, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs courtesy of a fielding gaffe by McCovey at first base. But, Perry got Roberto Pena to fly out innocently to Mays in center to end the threat. In the bottom of that frame, it appeared Fryman had met his match. His first nine pitches yielded two base on balls to Mays and McCovey. Phillie manager Gene Mauch stepped out of the dugout and without hesitation called on veteran Dick Hall from his bull pen. The move proved brilliant as Hart bounced Hall’s first pitch to third for a quick around-the-horn double play. One more pitch produced a Brown line out to Pena at short, and the game continued to a twelfth inning.

In the twelfth, Hall and Perry were lifted for pinch-hitters but neither team could advance a base runner past first base. Turk Farrell was called upon by Mauch to relieve Hall and fireman Frank Linzy was called as San Francisco manager Herman Franks’ second pitcher of the night. Both relievers pitched as effectively as their predecessors. Johnny Callison opened the Phils’ thirteenth with a clean single to right, and he advanced around the bases on a Bill White sacrifice and a Tony Taylor groundout. But Clay Dalrymple popped out to his counterpart Bob Barton who had just entered the game after Dietz was lifted for a pinch-runner the inning before. Farrell plunked Mays with two outs in the thirteenth but Hart ground out to second on the next pitch.

In the top of the fifteenth, Briggs hit a slow roller beyond Linzy and beat Ron Hunt’s flip to first base. Briggs attempted to steal second on the next pitch, but Barton was up to the task erasing Briggs from the base paths with a dart to Nate Oliver covering second base. The pitching continued from there, and after Linzy struck out for the second out of the fifteenth and Davenport watched two Farrell fastballs for strikes, another inning looked to be a certainty. Suddenly, Farrell could not locate the plate. Four pitches outside the zone, and Davenport was at first base. Farrell worked the count to McCovey to 2 and 2, and then Willie launched the ball to center field. Briggs stood motionless as the ball zeroed in on his location. Then Briggs raced back, and the ball fell inches over his outstretched glove. Davenport had never hesitated. With two outs, he started on contact and was approaching third as the ball bounced beyond Briggs and rolled to the fence. McCovey was rounding second as Davenport scored easily before the relay throw could be made. San Francisco maintained its fourth place standing and avoided a fall into sixth in the tight National League race with as an exciting a victory as it was heartbreaking defeat for the ninth place Phillies.

6/5/1968, PHI68-SFG68, Candlestick Park

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12
1968 Philadelphia      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
1968 San Francisco     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

                      13 14 15     R  H  E   LOB DP
1968 Philadelphia      0  0  0     0 11  0    13  1
1968 San Francisco     0  0  1     1  9  2    12  1

Philadelphia         AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Rojas             2b  7  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .227    6  3  0  0
Briggs            cf  7  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  .156    4  0  0  0
Gonzalez          lf  7  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .229    3  1  0  0
Callison          rf  6  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .221    5  0  0  0
White             1b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  .197   11  0  0  0
Taylor            3b  6  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .236    1  5  0  0
Dalrymple         c   6  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .165   10  0  0  0
Pena              ss  5  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .344    3  6  0  0
Fryman            p   3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  .065    1  0  0  0
 Hall             p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Bedell           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Farrell          p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
                     53  0 11  0  0  0  0  3  4  2  1  0  0  2  0         44 16  0  0

San Francisco        AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Johnson           ss  6  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .183    3  5  0  0
 Linzy            p   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
Davenport         3b  6  1  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .171    1  4  0  0
McCovey           1b  6  0  1  1  0  1  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  .262   17  1  1  0
Mays              cf  3  0  2  0  0  0  0  2  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  .263    6  0  0  0
Hart              lf  6  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .288    4  0  0  0
Brown             rf  6  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .183    3  0  0  0
Dietz             c   5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .241    4  0  1  0
 Cline            pr  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .265    0  0  0  0
 Barton           c   1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .130    1  1  0  0
Oliver            2b  5  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  .231    4  6  0  0
Perry             p   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .083    1  4  0  0
 Hunt             ph  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .264    1  1  0  0
                     51  1  9  1  0  1  0  5 10  0  0  0  1  0  0         45 23  2  0

Philadelphia                     INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Fryman                          10.0  7  0  0  4  8 139  82   40  0  0  0  1  0  3.05
Hall                             1.0  0  0  0  0  0   2   2    2  0  0  0  0  1  0.90
Farrell          L 1-2           3.2  2  1  1  1  2  54  32   15  0  0  1  0  0  1.38
                                14.2  9  1  1  5 10 195 116   57  0  0  1  1  1

San Francisco                    INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Perry                           12.0  9  0  0  3  4 138  93   48  0  0  0  0  0  2.09
Linzy            W 2-1           3.0  2  0  0  0  0  36  23   10  0  0  0  0  0  0.67
                                15.0 11  0  0  3  4 174 116   58  0  0  0  0  0

PHI: Bedell batted for Hall in the 12th
SFG: Cline ran for Dietz in the 12th
     Hunt batted for Perry in the 12th
     Barton inserted at c in the 13th
     Oliver moved to ss in the 13th
     Hunt moved to 2b in the 13th

GWRBI: McCovey
Temperature: 59, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 9 MPH.

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