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1964 NL Pennant Race. September 24th. Torre drives Braves over Phils, who lose their 4th in a row. Cardinals sweeps Pirates behind Gibson and Sadecki.

Posted by Ken Revis at 11:31 AM on November 6, 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 24th.

Team W L W-L% GB
Phillies 90 63 .588 --
Reds 86 66 .566 3.5
Cardinals 84 67 .556 5.0
Giants 85 68 .556 5.0

Braves 5, Phillies 3

The Phillies lose their 4th in a row, this time to the Braves, before 17,342 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. The Phils are held scoreless until the 8th inning, when they get 3 runs, but still fall short. For the Braves, Joe Torre has 2 triples, giving him 5 on the year, and drives in 3 runs. Dick Allen is 3 for 4 for Philadelphia, who have no extra base hits in the game. Wade Blasingame gets the win for Milwaukee, improving his record to 7 and 5 on the year. He gives up 3 runs on 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings. Chi-Chi Olivo picks up his 4th save of the year, giving up 0 runs on 1 hit over 1 2/3 innings. Philadelphia uses 4 pitchers in the game. Jim Bunning starts and lasts 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. He gets the loss, bringing him to 18 and 6 on the year. Jack Baldschun goes 1 2/3 innings in relief of Bunning and yields 2 runs on 3 hits. Bobby Shantz (1/3 innning) and John Boozer (1 inning) pitch 1 1/3 combined scoreless innings. The Braves have 9 hits, 0 errors, and leave 4 on base. The Phillies have 6 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5. See Game

Cardinals 4, Pirates 2. Cardinals 4, Pirates 0.

The Cardinals win a doubleheader from the Pirates before only 2,846 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. In the opener, Bob Gibson goes the distance for St. Louis, moving his record to 17 and 11. He gives up 2 runs on 9 hits, while striking out 11 and walking none. Wilbur Wood starts for Pittsburgh and gets the loss, moving his record to 0 and 1. He gives up 4 runs on 6 hits over 4 1/3 innings. Don Schwall (2/3 inning), Tommie Sisk (2 innings), and Al McBean (2 innings) pitch 4 2/3 combined shutout innings in relief of Wood. For St. Louis, Bill White drives in 2 runners, which prove to be the winning runs, with a single in the top of the 5th inning. Curt Flood is 4 for 5 for the Cards, including his 23rd double of the year. Dick Groat also doubles for St. Louis, his 30th of the year. Donn Clendenon homers (his 12th) and doubles (21st) for the Pirates. The homer is struck in the 7th inning with 1 aboard, and account for the only Pirates runs. Both teams have 9 hits and 0 errors. The Cardinals leave 9 on base, while the Pirates leave 6.See Game

In the nightcap, Ray Sadecki also goes the distance, winning his 19th game of the year against 10 losses. He gives up no runs on 5 hits, while striking out 10 and walking 1. Tom Butters starts for Pittsburgh and gets the loss, pitching 8 innings and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. His record moves to 1 and 2. Don Schwall (2 runs, 2 hits), Frank Bork (0 runs, 1 hit), and Tommie Sisk (0 runs, 0 hits) all pitch the 9th in relief of Butters. For St. Louis, Lou Brock homers (3rd inning, 14th of the year, nobody aboard) and triples (10th). Also for the Cardinals, Mike Shannon (5th inning, 9th of the year, nobody aboard) homers and White doubles, his 33rd of the year. Pittsburgh has no extra base hits in the game. The Cardinals have 8 hits, 0 errors, and leave 9 on base. The Pirates have 5 hits, 1 error, and leave 6. See Game

The result of today's play leaves the idle Reds 3 games out, the Cardinals 3.5 back, and the Giants, who are also idle, 4.5 games out.

Categories: 1964 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Phillies, Pirates, Reds
Players: Dick Allen, Jack Baldschun, Wade Blasingame, John Boozer, Frank Bork, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Tom Butters, Donn Clendenon, Curt Flood, Bob Gibson, Bob Gibson, Dick Groat, Connie Mack, Al McBean, Chi-Chi Olivo, Ray Sadecki, Don Schwall, Bobby Shantz, Mike Shannon, Tommie Sisk, Joe Torre, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Wood, Wilbur Wood
Games: PHI196409240, PIT196409241, PIT196409242

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