1954 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1954 Cleveland Indians, 1954 Milwaukee Braves, 1954 New York Giants, Al Dark, Andy Pafko, Bob Milliken, Clem Labine, Don Mueller, Eddie Mathews, Monte Irvin, Roy Campanella, Ruben Gomez, Russ Meyer
The Giants hardly deserved to win this game. Despite 18 hits and 5 walks, they managed to score only 6 runs. They left 15 runners on base. Typical of New York’s fortunes today, Al Dark had an incredible 5 for 5 day but only 1 RBI and no runs. Don Mueller had a similar experience. He had four hits, but he drove in no runs and never crossed the plate.
The Dodgers had only seven hits, but Ruben Gomez gifted them 5 BB’s, and the Dodgers managed to turn the 12 baserunners into 5 runs despite 2 double plays by New York. The most notable event was a 2-run, pinch-hit homer by Roy Campanella that put Brooklyn up 5-4 in the 6th.
They couldn’t hold the lead because the Giants had runners all over the base paths. It was almost inevitable that a couple runners squeaked through to the plate. Russ Meyer gave up 10 hits in 5 innings, but his successors were no better. Milliken managed to allow just 1 run despite 6 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings, and Labine closed the game out by giving up 2 hits, a walk, and the winning run in the 10th.
Monte Irvin drove that run in, but the real hero at the plate was pitcher Ruben Gomez. He drove in a run in 2 of his 3 at-bats. His wildness at the mound, though–walking 4 batters in 5 innings–allowed the Dodgers to get 4 runs on just 5 hits.
In the end, though, no matter how sloppy the win, the Giants walked away with their second consecutive win.
In other news, Milwaukee handily beat Cleveland 5-1 behind the 5-hit pitching of Lew Burdette. Eddie Mathews homered in the game, and Andy Pafko drove in 3 runs with 2 singles. They are also 2-0.