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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.

 

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