Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dodgers need late inn heroics to take 2 of 3 from 'Spos

2 run PH single in 8th
GAME 1:  MON 6, LAD 2
Carl Morton went the distance giving up just 2 run on 4 hits. Sutton managed to stay till the end despite yielding 6 (5 earned). Former Dodger Ron Fairly (2-4) knocked in half of the Expos runs (3). Hunt, Singleton and Day each chipped in 2 hits as the 'Spos easily grab the opener of this 3 game set. 

GAME 2:  LAD 4, MON 3
Bill Stoneham was posting goose eggs until the Dodgers erupted for 4 unanswered runs in the bottom of the 8th to take a 4-3 lead. Sadly this is La-La Land and the fans arrive in the third and are gone by they 7th, so only a handful of people and vendors saw this great comeback that started with a lead off pinch hit single by Billy Buckner. After Willie Davis singled home Bucks Frank Robby was given an unintentional / intentional pass to face weak hitting Jim Lefebvre. In response LA sent Bobby Valentine up to pinch hit. V lined one to right to single home Bill Russell and Davis to tie the game at 3-3. Willie Crawford's sac fly out LA up for good. Jim Brewer came out of the pen to replace Claude Osteen and finish off the game and post his second save of the season. 

GAME 3:  LAD 2, MON 1
Al Downing spent 8 innings dodging bullets and base hits without yielding a run. Hoping to close the door and post the shutout the lefty from NYC gave up singles to John Baccabella and Ron Hunt before getting lifted. With the shutout still in tact veteran reliever Jim Brewer needed to get 2 outs to close the door. That would not work out thanks to a oppo single by his former teammate Fairly. Brewer now needed to stop the bleeding or risk losing the game. He got Ron Woods to pop out to Wills at short and then fanned Vet Bob Bailey for his 2nd save in as many days. Downing got the win to take his record to 2-0. Montreal out hit the Dodgers 11-5, but still got the short end of the stick.

Dodger Diamond Dust:  Fans are starting to gossip that glory day hero Maury Wills (.083) might be at the end of
the road. The 40 something year old former speedster is looking sluggish with the bat and on the bases, when he actually gets on. Off season acquisition, Frank Robby (.154) isn't doing much better, but he has hit into a number of hard/long outs, so no one is concerned.

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