For the second consecutive day, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 1-0. The deciding run was scored in the second inning when the concern was more over the health of Phillies’ starter Rick Wise. With one out, Giants catcher Bob Barton smashed a line drive which hit Wise on top of the head and bounced high into the air into center field. It knocked Wise’s cap off, but did not stagger the righthander, although he was removed from the game and sent to a hospital, where X-rays proved negative. Barton’s single drove Nate Oliver, who reached first on a fielder’s choice after a poor sacrifice bunt, to third base. Gary Wagner relieved Wise to face Giants starter Juan Marichal at the plate. Marichal hit a roller down the third base line which Tony Taylor fielded. Oliver broke for home, and narrowly beat Taylor’s throw home. Ron Hunt bounced into an inning-ending double play.
Taylor was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate, and his decision to throw home so early in a ball game was not questioned as the Phillies continue to struggle to score run themselves. Over the past three games, the Phillies have not scored in twenty-seven innings. Yesterday’s contest went fifteen frames. However, this is an issue the Phillies have been confronted with before. From April 26 to April 30, the Phils went thirty innings without a score. Remarkably, the first-place Cardinals have set the record for futility in this pitching-rich season with 31 consecutive scoreless innings from May 15 to May 19.
Marichal (6-7) allowed only four hits to Taylor’s teammates and completed his 33rd career shutout. Wise dropped to 0-5, but amazingly enough, Wise said after the game that Barton’s single off his head did not even hurt. But if the ball had been a couple of inches lower, he could have been seriously injured. Wise is not the only Philadelphia pitcher injured on this road trip. Rookie righthander Larry Colton dislocated his left shoulder reaching for the telephone in his hotel room. His arm was put in a sling and Colton is expected to be be sidelined for a couple of weeks.
The Phillies travel to Los Angeles for a weekend series before returning home to host the Astros. The Giants play host to the New York Mets over this weekend.