Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Broom Comes Out in Dodgertown

May 19, 1978
Montefusco (SF) vs Rhoden (LA)
Los Angeles 5  San Francisco 3
The two bitter rivals met for a three game series in Dodgertown and thanks to Steve Garvey Los Angeles came out on top in the first game. LA scored first in the second inning on a solo Dusty Baker HR and then again in the third on a Garvey SF to make it 2-0. Again the Dodgers scored a run in the 4th on a Dave Lopes single before Garvey made it a 5-0 game after 5 with a 2 run dinger to right field. To San Francisco's credit they fought back with 2 runs in the 6th when Terry Whitfield unloaded a 446 foot shot to dead center field to bring the Giants within three. Bill Madlock hit a round tripper of his own in the 8th to make it a 5-3 game but Terry Forster came on in the 9th to retire the Giants in order and earn his 6th save of the season.

May 20, 1978
Halicki (SF) vs Rau (LA)
Los Angeles 3  San Francisco 2 (10)
In game two the Dodgers again struck first but this time not until the 4th inning Reggie Smith hit his 11th homerun of the season to make it a 1-0 game. This time the Giants didn't let LA jump to a big lead but instead took the lead themselves in the 5th when Willie McCovey walloped a two run shot for a 2-1 lead. Halicki couldn't hold the lead as he hit Rick Monday to lead off the 7th and then came around to score on one out singles by pinch hitter Vic Davalillo and Dave Lopes to tie the game at 2-2. The game went into extra innings and after Bobby Castillo retired the Giants in the 10 Larry Lavelle could not do the same in the bottom of the inning. Lavelle committed the cardinal sin of walking the lead off batter, Dusty Baker. Pinch hitter Bill North sacrificed Baker to 2nd who then moved up to 3rd when Giant second baseman, Bill Madlock misplayed pinch hitter Jerry Grote's ground ball. That brought another pinch hitter to the plate, Lee Lacy, who ended the game when lined a 2-1 pitch into right center field to give the Dodgers the 3-2 win.

May 21, 1978
Knepper (SF) vs Hooten (LA)
Los Angeles 9  San Francisco 2  
The getaway game didn't prove to be much of a contest as the Dodgers jumped all over Giant starter, Bob Knepper, as they put up 4 in the first and another 3 in the second to take a 7-0. The hometown team manufactured 4 runs on five singles and a walk in the first and then the big blow in the 2nd came on a Ron Cey, no-doubt-about-it, 416 foot drive into the left center field stands that plated 3 runs. Although the game was still early San Francisco just couldn't get the big hits when they needed them. They had men on base in every inning but the seventh and even though they had 11 hits in the game the only runs scored on Bill Madlock homerun in the 3rd and an RBI double by Jack Clark in the 6th but by then the score was 9-2 and the game was never in doubt after that.


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