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1964 NL Pennant Race. September 23rd. Pinson drives Reds to sweep of Phillies. Mets top Cards.

Posted by Ken Revis at 10:01 AM on November 5, 2011

Having blogged about the 1951 NL Pennant Race and the 1967 AL Pennant Race, we now turn to one of the other great races, unless you were a Philadelphia Phillies fan at the time. The Phillies lead by 6 1/2 games over the Reds and Cardinals and 7 games over the Giants with 12 games to go in the 1964 season. The Phillies haven't won the pennant since 1950 and look assured of finally winning it this year. We will relive each of the 12 games for the Phillies, Cardinals, and Reds. Each day we will cover one day's worth of games, beginning with September 21st. See first day of blog. Here are the standings as play begins on September 23rd.

Team W L W-L% GB
Phillies 90 62 .592 --
Reds 85 66 .563 4.5
Cardinals 84 66 .560 5.0
Giants 84 68 .553 6.0

Reds 6, Phillies 4

The Phillies lose their 3rd in a row to the Reds before 23,247 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Vada Pinson is 3 for 4 and knocks in 4 runs for Cincinnati. He homers twice, his 22nd and 23rd of the year. His big blast is with 2 aboard n the 7th inning, an inning where the Reds score 4 runs. Chico Ruiz also homers, his 2nd of the year, in the 4th inning with nobody aboard. Alex Johnson homers for Philadelphia, his 2nd of the year, in the 6th inning with one aboard. Dick Allen (35th) and Johnny Callison (30th) also double for the Phils, who also get a triple from Clay Dalrymple, his 3rd of the year. Billy McCool starts for Cincinnati and lasts 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. He earns his 6th win of the year, against 3 losses. Sammy Ellis gets the save, his 11th of the year. In 3 innings, he gives up just 1 unearned run on 3 hits. Philadelphia uses 4 pitchers. Dennis Bennett starts and lasts 2 batters into the 7th inning. He gives up 4 runs on 8 hits. Ed Roebuck comes on in relief of Bennett and is charged with 2 runs on 2 hits, including Pinson's home run, in one inning pitched. Jack Baldschun and Bobby Shantz each pitch 1 shutout inning. The Reds have 11 hits, 2 errors, and leave 5 on base . The Phillies have 7 hits, 1 error, and leave 8. See Game

Mets 2, Cardinals 1

The Mets turn the tables on the Cardinals and defeat them by the same score they lost by yesterday. Only 3,941 fans show up to watch the game at Shea Stadium in New York. Galen Cisco gets the win, improving his record to 6 and 17. He gives up 1 run on 5 hits in 7 1/3 innings. Willard Hunter earns his 5th save of the year, giving up 0 runs on 1 hit in 1 2/3 innings. Roger Craig loses for St. Louis, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits over 6 innings. His record moves to 6 and 9. Mike Cuellar ( 1/3 inning) and Barney Schultz (1 2/3 innings) combine for 2 shutout innings. Both teams are scoreless until the 7th inning, when the Cardinals score a run in the top of the frame on a Bill White solo home run, his 18th round-tripper of the year. The Mets answer with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Ed Kranepool doubles (his 17th of the year) to knock in 1 run and then scores on a throwing error by Craig on a sacrifice bunt. White also doubles in the game, his 32nd of the year. Bobby Klaus also doubles for the Mets, his 11th of the year. The Mets have 4 hits, 1 error, and leave 2 on base. The Cardinals have 6 hits, 1 error, and leave 6. See Game

The result of today's play leaves the Reds 3 1/2 games out and the Cardinals and Giants, who also won today (See Game), 5 back.

Categories: 1964 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Reds
Players: Dick Allen, Jack Baldschun, Dennis Bennett, Johnny Callison, Galen Cisco, Roger Craig, Mike Cuellar, Clay Dalrymple, Sammy Ellis, Willard Hunter, Alex Johnson, Bobby Klaus, Ed Kranepool, Connie Mack, Billy McCool, Vada Pinson, Ed Roebuck, Chico Ruiz, Chico Ruiz, Barney Schultz, Bobby Shantz, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White
Games: HOU196409230, NYN196409230, PHI196409230

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