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1964 NL Pennant Race. September 26th. Torre again leads Braves over Phillies, who lose 6th straight. Cards and Reds both win. Lead now 1/2 game over Cincinnati and 1 1/2 games over St. Louis.

Posted by Ken Revis at 12:31 PM on November 8, 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 and Cardinals, the 2 teams who fight to the finish in the race. 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 26th.

Team W L W-L% GB
Phillies 90 65 .581 --
Reds 88 66 .571 1.5
Cardinals 87 67 .565 2.5
Giants 86 68 .558 3.5

Braves 6, Phillies 4

The Phillies lose their 6th in a row, before 14,330 at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. The teams use 43 players (the Braves use 25), setting a major league record for a 9-inning game. The Phillies have a 4 to 0 lead after 4 innings, but still lose. Joe Torre continues to torture the Phils, as he collects 3 hits. Rico Carty hits a bases clearing 9th inning triple (4th of the year) to drive in the winning runs. Denis Menke hits his 19th homer for the Braves in the 5th inning with nobody aboard. Also for Milwaukee, Lee Maye (42nd) and Felipe Alou (24th) both double. For Philadelphia, Alex Johnson slugs his 3rd homer of the year in the 1st inning, with 1 aboard. Dick Allen also triples for the Phillies, his 12th of the year. The Braves use 8 pitchers, the Phillies 4. Denny Lemaster starts for the Braves and lasts only 1 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits. The remaining 7 pitchers give up 0 runs on 3 hits. Warren Spahn, the 8th Braves' pitcher, gets his 2nd save of the year. Art Mahaffey starts for Philadelphia and lasts 2 batters into the 8th inning, giving up 3 runs on 10 hits. After Jack Baldschun comes on in the 8th and pitches to 2 batters, yielding an out and a hit, Bobby Shantz pitches the remainder of the 8th and 4 batters into the 9th, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 3 hits. He takes the loss, his 5th of the year against 2 wins. The Braves have 14 hits, 1 error, and leave 11 on base. The Phillies have 9 hits, 1 error, and leave 8. See Game

Cardinals 5, Pirates 3.

The Cardinals win their 4th game in a row over the Pirates before 4,085 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Curt Simmons wins his 17th game of the year, against 9 losses. He gives up 3 runs on 9 hits over 8 2/3 innings. Barney Schultz earns his 10th save of the year, pitching the last 1/3 of an inning. Bob Veale starts for Pittsburgh and goes 5 innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits over 5 innings. He suffers the loss, bringing his record to 18 and 12. Tommie Sisk (1 1/3 innings, 1 run, 4 hits), Frank Bork (2/3 of an inning, 0 runs, 0 hits), and Roy Face (2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits) all appear in relief for Veale. For St. Louis, Mike Shannon has 3 RBI's, and Bill White (35th) and Dick Groat (31st) both double. The Pirates have 2 solo home runs from Gene Alley (5th of the year, 6th inning) and Bob Bailey (11th of the year, 7th inning). The Cardinals have 10 hits, 0 errors, and leave 9 on base. The Pirates have 10 hits, 1 error, and leave 8.

Reds 6, Mets 1.

The Reds win their 7th straight, beating the Mets before 14,265 at Shea Stadium in New York. John Tsitouris starts for Cincinnati and lasts 6 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits. He strikes out 9 and walks 3. He gets the win, improving his record to 9 and 11 on the year. Billy McCool earns his 7th save with 2 2/3 innings of hitless and scoreless relief. He strikes out 5 and walks none, giving the Reds a combined 14 strikeouts on the day. Dennis Ribant starts for New York and goes 7 innings, giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 11 hits. He suffers the loss, moving his record to 1 and 5. Ron Locke comes on in the 8th and gives up 1 run on 3 hits over 2 innings. For Cincinnati, Johnny Edwards is 3 for 4, including his 22nd and 23rd doubles of the year. Marty Keough drives in 3 runs, going 2 for 3, including his 9th double. Ed Kranepool's 18th double of the year is the only extra base hit for the Mets. The Reds have 14 hits, 0 errors, and leave 7 on base. The Mets have 7 hits, 1 error, and leave 8. See Game

The Reds move to within 1/2 games of the league leading Phillies. The Cardinals move to within 1 1/2 games of the lead. The Giants, who are idle, are now 3 games out.

Categories: 1964 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Reds
Players: Dick Allen, Gene Alley, Felipe Alou, Bob Bailey, Jack Baldschun, Frank Bork, Rico Carty, Johnny Edwards, Edwards, Roy Face, Dick Groat, Alex Johnson, Marty Keough, Ed Kranepool, Denny Lemaster, Ron Locke, Connie Mack, Art Mahaffey, Lee May, Lee Maye, Billy McCool, Denis Menke, Dennis Ribant, Barney Schultz, Bobby Shantz, Mike Shannon, Curt Simmons, Tommie Sisk, Warren Spahn, Joe Torre, John Tsitouris, Bob Veale, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White, Bill White
Games: NYN196409260, PHI196409260

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