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1951 NL Pennant Race. July 15th. Dodgers lose 2 more. Giants split.

Posted by Ken Revis at 5:50 AM on July 15, 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 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.

Sunday, July 15:

The Dodger lead as of this morning is 8 1/2 games.

Team W L W-L% GB
Dodgers 52 28 .650 --
Giants 45 38 .542 8.5


Reds 5, Dodgers 2. Reds 6 Dodgers 5
The Dodgers suddenly have a 4- game losing streak with a doubleheader loss for the 2nd straight day. Today the double loss is to the Reds in Brooklyn before 25,686. In the 1st game, Ewell Blackwell goes all the way for his 9th win against 7 losses. He gives up 7 hits in the game, strikes out 9 and walks 2. Preacher Roe gets the loss, his 2nd against 12 wins. He goes 8 innings and gives up 5 runs on 9 hits. Clyde King pitches 1 inning of hitless ball for Brooklyn. Connie Ryan and Blackwell each hit homers for Cincinnati. Ryan also doubles in the game and knocks in 2. Johnny Wyrostek has 3 hits in the game for the Reds. Don Thompson also has 3 hits for the Dodgers, who get only 2 extra base hits in the game, both doubles by Jackie Robinson. In total, the Reds have 9 hits in the game, the Dodgers 7. Each team commits an error. See Game

In the 2nd game, the Reds, behind 3-1, score 5 runs in the 7th inning to get all the runs they will need to win. Willie Ramsdell gets the win, his 7th against 9 losses. He pitches 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. Herm Wehmeier, who gives up 2 runs, and Frank Smith finish for the Reds, with Smith giving up 0 runs in 2 innings and getting the save, his 3rd of the year. Johnny Schmitz gets his 4th loss of the year against 1 win. He pitches 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits. Phil Haugstad and Clyde King finish up for Brooklyn, with Haugstad giving up a run. Cincinnati gets only 3 extra base hits, all doubles, but they bunch them in the 7th inning to score the 5 winning runs. Brooklyn gets 2 extra base hits, one a homer by Pee Wee Reese and the other a double by Carl Furillo. 2 of the Reds' runs are unearned, as the Dodgers commit 3 errors (the Reds commit none). The Reds get 12 hits to the Dodgers 11. Brooklyn leaves 10 on base, Cincinnati 8. See Game

Pirates 7, Giants 6; Giants 8 Pirates 3
The Giants split a twin bill today with the Pirates in New York before 17,945. They lose the 1st game in extra innings as Pittsburgh scores a run in the 12th inning. New York has a 6 to 4 lead going into the 9th, but the Pirates score 2 to force the game into extras. The Pirates use 4 pitchers. Bob Friend starts and gives up 5 runs and 6 hits in 4 innings pitched. Junior Walsh and Ted Wilks each pitch 2 innings, with Walsh yielding a run. Murry Dickson gets the win, his 11th against 10 losses, as he pitches the last 4 innings on hitless ball. Sal Maglie starts for New York. He goes 6 innings and gives up 4 runs on 7 hits. Al Gettel comes in for 2 1/3 innings and gives up 2 runs on 2 hits in the 9th, allowing the game to go to extra innings. Dave Koslo gets the loss, his 6th against 4 wins, as he gives up the run in the 12th on 2 walks and a single. He goes 3 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits. Pittsburgh has 3 solo home runs in the game by Pete Castiglione, George Strickland, and Joe Garagiola. Gus Bell and Strickland triple, as Strickland goes 4 for 6 in the game. Hank Thompson and Willie Mays each triple for New York. Wes Westrum has the only other extra base hit for the Giants, a double. The Pirates get 11 hits, the Giants 8. Pittsburgh has 2 errors in the game, New York none. Pittsburgh leaves 10 on base, New York 5. See Game

In the 2nd game, the Giants score 3 in the 5th and 3 in the 7th and salvage a split. Jim Hearn pitches a complete game for New York and earns his 8th win against 5 losses. He gives up 10 hits. Pittsburgh uses 5 pitchers in the game. Bill Werle starts and gets the loss, his 2nd against 5 wins. He goes 4 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits. Paul LaPalme gives up the other 3 runs for the Pirates, all unearned. Willie Mays and Bobby Thomson both homer for New York. Thomson's is with 1 man aboard. Mays also triples in the game and knocks in 3 runs. Thomson gets 3 hits, including the homer and a double. For Pittsburgh, Rocky Nelson homers with 1 man on and Gus Bell triples for the 2nd time on the day. The Giants get 15 hits and 1 error, leaving 8 aboard. The Pirates get 10 hits, 2 errors, and leave 10 on. See Game

Dodgers/Reds and Giants/Pirates square off again tomorrow

Categories: 1951 NL Pennant Race
Teams: Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds
Players: Gus Bell, Ewell Blackwell, Pete Castiglione, Murry Dickson, Bob Friend, Carl Furillo, Joe Garagiola, Al Gettel, Phil Haugstad, Jim Hearn, Clyde King, Dave Koslo, Paul LaPalme, Sal Maglie, Willie Mays, Rocky Nelson, Willie Ramsdell, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Preacher Roe, Connie Ryan, Johnny Schmitz, Frank Smith, Frank Smith, Frank Smith, Smith, George Strickland, Bobby Thomson, Don Thompson, Hank Thompson, Thompson, Junior Walsh, Herm Wehmeier, Bill Werle, Wes Westrum, Ted Wilks, Johnny Wyrostek
Games: BRO195107151, BRO195107152, NY1195107151, NY1195107152

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