1954 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1954 Cleveland Indians, 1954 Milwaukee Braves, 1954 New York Giants, Bill Bruton, Billy Cox, Duke Snider, Early Wynn, Eddie Mathews, extra innings, Gil Hodges, Hank Aaron, Jim Gilliam, Johnny Antonelli, Johnny Logan, Warren Spahn, Wes Westrum
In the first 4-game series of this 24-game tournament, the 1954 New York Giants swept the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Milwaukee Braves swept the Cleveland Indians.
As luck would have it, the winners are playing the losers in this second series. The Dodgers have come to Milwaukee, and the Giants are in Cleveland.
Milwaukee hung on to beat Brooklyn 3-2 on an 11th-inning walk-off home run by Eddie Mathews.
Warren Spahn pitched the whole way, giving up just 4 hits. Gil Hodges greeted Spahn with a home run to start the second. A walk and a ground out put Jim Gilliam on second, and Billy Cox singled to center to bring him home. For Hodges, it was his second consecutive home run. He combined with Duke Snider for back-to-backers in the bottom of the ninth against the Giants the day before. It was not enough, and they fell one run short, just as they would today.
Milwaukee tied it up in the bottom of the fifth. They loaded the bases with no one out, but Carl Erskine got second-baseman Danny O’Connell to ground into a double play. A run scored, but now pitcher Warren Spahn was up with Aaron on third. Erskine walked Spahn, which brought Bill Bruton to the plate. He took care of driving Aaron in with an opposite-field single. Erskine got Johnny Logan to end the inning, but not without a chewing out from the manager for walking Spahn.
That was it until the 11th when Eddie Matthews lined a shot over the right field wall.
In Cleveland, Wes Westrum drove in both Giant runs with a single in the second and a solo home-run in the eighth. Johnny Antonelli out-dueled Early Wynn, pitching a 3-hit gem that was only flawed by a single, walk, single in the fourth. New York took the first game of the 4-game series 2-1.
The Giants and Braves are now 5-0, while the Dodgers and Indians sit at 0-5.