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1951 NL Pennant Race - June 30. Giants and Dodgers in separate slugfests

Posted by Ken Revis at 7:52 AM on June 30, 2011

This is part of a series on the 1951 Dodger/Giant Pennant Race.


The 1951 National League pennant race was perhaps the most famous one of all, and culminated with the Shot Heard 'Round the World, the famous Bobby Thomson home run. We are posting a daily blog, exactly one year to the day, on what is now the 60th anniversary of each game.

June 30:

The Giants were idle yesterday, but the Dodgers lost to the Phillies. This reduced their lead over New York to 4 games. The Dodgers face the Phillies again today at home. The Giants face the Braves in Boston. Here is how the two teams stand as play begins.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 41 25 .621 --
Giants 39 31 .557 4.0


Dodgers 14, Phillies 8
The Dodgers and Phillies engage in a shootout today before only 8,096 fans on a Saturday afternoon in Ebbets Field. The Dodgers score 7 runs in the 4th inning, driven partially by Duke Snider's 17th home run of the year, with 2 men aboard. Bubba Church, who starts the game for the Phillies and gets the loss, his 4th against 8 wins, is removed in the 4th inning after Snider's home run. Milo Candini comes in to relieve Church, but gives up 4 runs, 2 of them earned, on 3 hits. He gets only 1 man out and is relieved by Bob Miller. Miller pitches hitless ball for 1 2/3 innings. Ken Johnson finishes up for the Phillies, pitching 3 innings and giving up 1 run on 2 hits. Johnny Schmitz starts for Brooklyn, lasting only 3 innings, and gives up 4 runs on 6 hits. Carl Erskine finishes up and gets the win, his 7th of the year. He gives up 4 runs, 3 earned, in 6 innings pitched. Amazingly enough, Snider's is the only home run for the Dodgers. 5 of the Dodger runs are unearned on 5 Phillies' errors. Other than Snider's 3 RBI's, Rocky Bridges knocks in 3 for Brooklyn. For Philadelphia, Willie Jones goes 3 for 5 and hits his 15th home run of the year, with 1 man on, in the 1st inning. He also has 3 RBI's in the game. In addition to the Phillies' errors, the Dodgers commit 2 of their own. See Game

Braves 19, Giants 7
The Dodgers and Phils weren't the only team to engage in a slugfest today. The Braves and Giants have one of their own In a Saturday night game at Boston's Braves Field, before 10,812 fans. The Braves, losing 7 to 4 after 6 innings, score 8 in the 7th and 7 in the 8th. For the Braves, Vern Bickford gets the win, his 9th of the year against 7 losses, going 7 innings and giving up 7 runs on 7 hits. Max Surkont gets the save, his 1st of the year. For the Dodgers, Sal Maglie goes 6 innings and gives up 9 runs on 8 hits, getting his 4th loss of the year against 12 wins. Sheldon Jones relieves Maglie and goes 2/3 of an inning, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. Dave Koslo goes 1/3 of an inning, giving up 0 runs on 1 hit. Al Gettel pitches the 8th inning and gives up 7 runs, 4 of them earned, on 5 hits. For the Braves, Earl Torgeson has 2 home runs, one a grand slam and the other with 2 men aboard. Also for the Braves, Sid Gordon is 3 for 6, including his 13th home run with 1 man aboard. Boston's Roy Hartsfield has 4 hits in the game. Whitey Lockman is 3 for 4 in the game for New York. The Giants have 4 errors, the Braves 2. 6 of the Giants' 7 runs are unearned. 3 of the Braves' runs are unearned. See Game


Tomorrow: Newcombe goes for Dodgers. Giants face Spahn.

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies
Players: Vern Bickford, Rocky Bridges, Milo Candini, Bubba Church, Carl Erskine, Al Gettel, Sid Gordon, Roy Hartsfield, Ken Johnson, Ken Johnson, Sheldon Jones, Jones, Jones, Willie Jones, Dave Koslo, Whitey Lockman, Sal Maglie, Bob Miller, Bob Miller, Bob Miller, Bob Miller, Johnny Schmitz, Duke Snider, Max Surkont, Bobby Thomson, Earl Torgeson
Games: BRO195106300, BSN195106300

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