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Living in California always helps the months without real baseball speed along, but my serious Strat-O-Matic hobby is really all I need. This game from my 1958 season replay actually happened on my dice table about a month ago:
PHILLIES (60-65) at REDS (65-65)
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, 8/30/58
Curt Simmons vs. Bob Purkey
A Frank Robinson double and singles by Jerry Lynch, Walt Dropo and Pete Whisenant spot the Redlegs a 2-0 lead in the 1st. Simmons and Purkey pitch shutout ball for the rest of the first three innings…
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Then Purkey begins to fall apart. A Harry Anderson walk, double by Gramny Hamner and single by Ed Bouchee tie it 2-2 in the 4th. Anderson socks a three-run homer into the Crosley bleachers in the 5th. A Hamner single and Bouchee double begins the 6th and finishes Purkey for the day, but Hal Jeffcoat comes on and gives Stan Lopata a two-run single. Curt Simmons is now throwing beautifully…
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And then we have the seventh inning. Anderson singles, Anderson triples, and it’s goodbye Jeffcoat, hello washed-up Don Newcombe. A double by Willie Jones and four straight singles and the Phils have an insurmountable 12-2 lead.
Except this game report is in this blogathon for a reason. The Reds greet Simmons after the 7th inning stretch with a Roy McMillan triple, Smoky Burgess single, Newcombe single, Robinson single, and Johnny Temple single. Jack Meyer? Try your luck out there, buddy Jerry Lynch hits an infield single and second-sacker Solly Hemus throws it away. Vada Pinson pinch-hits a one-out walk to load the bases. Don Hoak whiffs but McMillan and Burgess single AGAIN to plate six Cincinnati runs and just about put them back in the game…
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Alex Kellner takes the mound for Cincy and no Phillie can hit him. Robinson singles and Temple doubles him home to start the Reds’ 8th but Meyer gets them out with no further damage. Bottom of the 9th now. McMillan and Burgess open with hits for the third straight time. George Crowe pinch-hits a deep drive that carries over the right field fence for a three-run homer and tie game! Robinson singles (his fourth hit in the leadoff spot). The Phils have a very thin pen, but Turk Farrell finally relieves Meyer. Temple singles Robby to second. With a chance to win the game, Lynch raps into a 3-6-3 DP. Dropo grounds out and we go extra innings…
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Pinson drops a Bob Bowman fly for a two-base error to start the 10th, but new reliever Tom Acker gets Anderson, Jones, and Hamner, whiffing two of them. Bottom of the 10th now, and Pinson waits on a Farrell curve and slams it over the wall in center for a leadoff, game-winning homer!!
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CIN 200 000 613 1 13-23-2
Then there was this one the other day…
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Herb Score whiffs eleven Athletics, walks ten and wins the game himself with a two-out single in the bottom of the 9th.
Getting through a winter without baseball? Never a problem.
Jeff Polman writes about baseball for The Huffington Post, Seamheads and other Web sites. He has created four “fictionalized” baseball replay blogs, his current one Mystery Ball ‘58. Jeff is a lifelong Red Sox fan, but is happy with any other team winning the World Series except the One That Must Not Be Named.
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