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1964 NL Pennant Race. September 25th. Torre's has 2nd big day in a row as Braves beat Phillies, who have now lost 5 in a row. Reds sweep Mets. Cards top Pirates.

Posted by Ken Revis at 9:07 AM on November 7, 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 25th.



Team W L W-L% GB
Phillies 90 64 .584 --
Reds 86 66 .566 3.0
Cardinals 86 67 .562 3.5
Giants 85 68 .556 4.5



Braves 7, Phillies 5

The Phillies lose their 5th in a row, in 12 innings before 30,447 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. The lead swings back and forth multiple times. The Phillies tie the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Milwaukee gets 2 in the 10th only to see Philadelphia tie it with 2 of their own in the bottom of the frame. However, the Braves score 2 in the top of the 12th and go on to win. Once again, Joe Torre has a big day, as he has 3 hits, including his 19th homer of the year, with 1 on in the 10th inning. The Braves use 6 pitchers, the Phils 5. Hank Fischer starts for Milwaukee and lasts 6 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 3 hits. Clay Carroll , the 5th Braves' pitcher, gets the win, his 1st of the year against 0 losses, pitching 1 2/3 innings and giving up 0 runs on 2 hits. Tony Cloninger picks up his 2nd save of the year. Chris Short starts for Philadelphia and lasts 7 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 7 hits. John Boozer, the 5th Phillies' pitcher, gets the loss, moving his record to 3 and 4. He allows the 2 runs, on 2 hits, in the 12th inning. Rico Carty (26th) and Mike de la Hoz (6th) both double for Milwaukee. Dick Allen has 4 hits and Johnny Callison 3 for the Phillies. Both Callison (28th of the year, 8th inning) and Allen (27th, 10th inning) have 2 run home runs. The Braves have 14 hits, 1 error, and leave 10 on base. The Phillies have 9 hits, 2 errors, and leave 8. See Game


Cardinals 5, Pirates 3.

The Cardinals win their 3rd game in a row over the Pirates before 3,694 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Gordie Richardson starts for St. Louis and lasts 5 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Ron Taylor comes on in relief for Richardson and lasts 1 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. Barney Schultz picks up his 9th save of the year with 2 shutout innings. Don Cardwell starts for Pittsburgh and doesn't last beyond 4 batters. He allows 3 runs, 1 earned, on 1 hit. He is charged with the loss, his 1st against 1 win. Steve Blass comes on in relief and pitches 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Roy Face, in relief of Blass, throws 2 shutout innings. For St. Louis, Bill White is 2 for 3, including his 34th double of the year. Also for the Cardinals, Dick Groat has 2 RBI's, both on groundouts. Pittsburgh has 3 triples in the game - Roberto Clemente (7th), Donn Clendenon (8th), and Manny Mota (3rd). Also for the Pirates, Orlando McFarlane hits his 5th double of the year. The Cardinals have 4 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7 on base. The Pirates have 8 hits, 1 error, and leave 5. See Game


Reds 3, Mets 0. Reds 4, Mets 1.

The Reds, now winners of 6 straight, sweep a doubleheader from the Mets before 20,092 at Shea Stadium in New York. In the opener, Jim Maloney gives up only 1 hit over his 9 complete innings. That hit is a 2nd inning single by Joe Christopher. Maloney improves his record to 15 and 10. Al Jackson starts for New York and lasts 8 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 7 hits. He gets the loss, moving his record to 10 and 16. Bill Wakefield pitches a scoreless 9th. Cincinnati's Leo Cardenas, with his 31st double of the year, gets the only extra base hit of the game. The Reds have 7 hits, 1 error, and leave 5 on base. The Mets have 1 hit, 1 error, and leave 3. See Game


In the nightcap, Frank Robinson hits his 29th home run of the year, in the 6th inning with 1 aboard. Those runs are the only runs the Reds will need, as Bob Purkey (6 1/3 innings, 1 run, 2 hits) and Sammy Ellis (2 2/3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit) combine to yield only 1 run. Purkey gets the win, his 11th against 9 losses. Ellis picks up his 12th save of the year. Jack Fisher starts for New York and lasts 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned on 6 hits. He gets the loss, his 17th of the year, against 10 wins. Willard Hunter (1 2/3 innings, 0 hits) and Bill Wakefield (1 inning, 1 hit) pitch a combined 2 2/3 shutout innings. Marty Keough also homers for Cincinnati, his 9th of the year, in the 7th inning with the bases empty. Also for the Reds, Leo Cardenas strokes his 32nd double of the year. New York has no extra base hits in the game. The Reds have 7 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6 on base. The Mets have 3 hits, 2 errors, and leave 5. See Game


The Reds move to within 1 1/2 games of the league leading Phillies. The Cardinals move to within 2 1/2 games of the lead. The Giants, who also win today over the Cubs (See Game), are now 3 1/2 games out.

Categories: 1964 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Reds
Players: Dick Allen, Steve Blass, John Boozer, Johnny Callison, Don Cardwell, Leo Cardenas, Clay Carroll, Rico Carty, Joe Christopher, Roberto Clemente, Donn Clendenon, Tony Cloninger, Mike de la Hoz, Sammy Ellis, Roy Face, Hank Fischer, Jack Fisher, Dick Groat, Willard Hunter, Al Jackson, Marty Keough, Connie Mack, Jim Maloney, Orlando McFarlane, Manny Mota, Bob Purkey, Gordie Richardson, Richardson, Frank Robinson, Barney Schultz, Chris Short, Ron Taylor, Joe Torre, Bill Wakefield, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White
Games: CHN196409250, NYN196409251, NYN196409252, PHI196409250, PIT196409250

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