July 23, 1964

Get Out the Brooms

After taking the first two games of the series, the Phillies were going for the three-game sweep of the Braves with Jim Bunning (9-4). Braves manager Bobby Bragan was going with Denny Lemaster (10-6).

Denny Lemaster was hot – having won three of his last four starts. This was his first start against the Phillies.

Jim Bunning was stuck on nine wins since the Fourth of July when he beat the Giants 5-2 ─ although he did pick up a save against the Braves on July 13th.

In his only start against the Braves, Bunning beat the Braves 5-3 back on May 1st.

1964 imageThere was no score through an inning-and-a-half.


With one out in the bottom of the second, Ed Bailey singled. Gene Oliver then followed with his seventh home run of the year to put the Braves on top 2-0. But the inning wasn’t over.

Gary Kolb walked. Bunning then hit Frank Bolling to put runners on first and second with still just one out. Denny Lemaster tried to bunt the runners up a base, but Clay Dalrymple fielded the bunt and forced Kolb at third – and it looked like Bunning might get out of the inning without any further damage.

But Dennis Menke hit his ninth home run of the season ─ a three-run shot ─ to make it 5-0 Braves.

And Bunning gave up back-to-back singles to Lee Maye and Hank Aaron before he finally retired the side.


gene mauch imageGene Mauch had seen enough.

In the top of the third, Mauch sent Ruben Amaro up to pinch-hit for Bunning. Amaro singled to center, but was left stranded.

Mauch then made a double-switch:

  1. Amaro stayed in the game to play second, batting ninth.
  2. Rick Wise (1-1) came in to pitch, batting third.

Wise retired the Braves in the bottom of the third.


In the top of the fourth, Cookie Rojas and Costen Shockley hit back-to-back singles, with Rojas taking third. After Bobby Wine fouled out to first for the first out, Rojas scored when Clay Dalrymple grounded out to cut the Braves lead to 5-1.


Wise retired the Braves in the bottom of the fourth.


In the top of the fifth, Tony Gonzalez doubled and Johnny Callison followed with his 16th home run of the year to cut the Braves lead to 5-3 ─ which gave him RBIs #53 and #54.

Gus Triandos pinch-hit for Rick Wise and doubled ─ and Chris Short came in to run for Triandos. After Richie Allen tapped out to the mound for the first out, Cookie Rojas singled and Short scored to narrow the lead to 5-4 Braves.

Bragan replaced Lemaster with Billy Hoeft (3-0) – who beat the Phillies on July 12th with seven scoreless innings of relief.

Hoeft retired Costen Shockley and Bobby Wine to end the inning.


In the bottom of the fifth, Gene Mauch called on Ed Roebuck (2-2) to replace Rick Wise.

Roebuck hit Ed Bailey to start the inning. Gene Oliver bounced into a force for the first out and Garb Kolb walked to put runners on first and second with one out.

Frank Bolling forced Kolb at second to put runners on first and third with two outs.

Batting for himself, Billy Hoeft helped his own cause by singling Oliver across the plate to up the Braves lead to 6-4.

Gene Mauch replaced Roebuck with Dallas Green (2-1), and Green retired the side without further damage.


From there, the game moved thru the top of the seventh with the score remaining 6-4 Braves.


With one out in the top of the seventh, John Herrnstein batted for Dallas Green. Herrnstein, batting .444 as a pinch-hitter, picked up his 10th pinch-hit with a single to right.

Richie Allen doubled and Herrnstein scored to cut the lead to 6-5 Braves.


Going into the bottom of the seventh, Mauch made another double-switch:

  1. Herrnstein stayed in the game, playing first and batting third.
  2. John Boozer (1-0) came in to pitch, batting sixth.

Boozer got the Braves 1-2-3.


With one out in the top of the eighth, Clay Dalrymple singled. After Amaro flew out to left for the second out, Tony Gonzalez singled to put runners on first and second.

Bobby Bragan called on Wade Blasingame (2-2) to replace Hoeft. Blasingame had made two starts against the Phillies, winning one and losing one ─ the loss being the first game of this series.

johhny callison imageJohnny Callison greeted Blasingame with a three-run homer to put the Phillies ahead 8-6. It was Callison’s second home run of the game and 17th of the year – which tied him with Richie Allen as the team leader. The three runs gave him five RBIs on the day and 56 on the season ─ eight more than Allen.

Blasingame struck out Herrnstein to end the inning.


In the bottom of the eighth, Wade Blasingame doubled ─ and Ty Cline came in to run for him. Boozer then walked Dennis Menke to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

So Gene Mauch made another double-switch:

  1. John Briggs replaced Herrnstein in left, batting sixth.
  2. Jack Baldschun (3-4) replaced Boozer on the mound, batting in Herrnstein’s spot in the order.

This was Baldschun’s third appearance in the three-game series ─ he saved the first two games.

Baldschun got Lee Maye on a fly ball, but then he walked Hank Aaron to load the bases.

With Rico Carty batting, Baldschun uncorked a wild pitch and the runners moved up a base – Ty Cline scoring to cut the gap to 8-7 Phillies.

With runners on second and third and still one out, Rico Carty hit a ground ball to short. Bobby Wine gloved the ball and threw home, but Dennis Menke slid under the tag to tie the game 8-8.

That left runners on first and third with one out, but Carty stole second to put runners on second and third. So Baldschun walked Ed Bailey intentionally to load the bases and set up a force at every base.

Gene Oliver hit a ground ball to third that Richie Allen fumbled, allowing Aaron to score and putting the Braves on top 9-8 ─ Allen’s 21st error.

Baldschun retired the next two batters to end the inning.


In the top of the ninth, Bobby Bragan sent Bob Sadowski (4-6) in to pitch ─ his 29th outing – and Sadowski started out by walking Richie Allen. With Allen taking a big lead off first, catcher Ed Bailey snapped a throw to first trying to pick him off. But the pickoff throw bounced in front of the bag and rolled into foul territory – allowing Allen to move to second with nobody out.

Cookie Rojas bunted, but Ed Bailey was on it like a cat. He threw Allen out at third while Rojas was safe at first with one out.

Johnny Briggs walked to put runners on first and second.

Bragan replaced Sadowski with Chi-Chi Olivo (0-0). Olivo had picked up a save against the Phillies on July 12th, pitching a hitless 1 2/3 innings.

Gene Mauch sent Wes Covington up to hit for Bobby Wine. Covington – only 2-for-16 as a pinch-hitter – hit into a force at second while Rojas moved to third. With runners on first and third and two outs, Clay Dalrymple walked to load the bases.

Ruben Amaro drilled a single to right and Rojas and Covington scored to put the Phillies back on top 10-9 ─ but Hank Aaron threw Dalrymple out at third to end the inning.


Needing a run to tie, Dennis Menke doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Then Mike de la Hoz batted for Olivo and singled to center. Menke stopped at third – putting runners on first and third with one out.

Hank Aaron hit a ground ball to third. Richie Allen threw home and got Dennis Menke at the plate. De la Hoz moved to second and Aaron was safe at first. Two outs.

Rico Carty hit a ground ball to third, but Allen let this ball get through him and roll into leftfield for his 22nd error of the year. De la Hoz scored to tie the game 10-10.

Baldschun got Ed Bailey to end the inning and send the game into extra innings.


In the top of the tenth, Bobby Bragan sent Bobby Tiefenauer (3-4) in to pitch. Tiefenauer had two previous outings against the Phillies:

  1. Blowing a save on May 6th.
  2. Pitching a scoreless 1/3 inning on July 12th.

Tiefenauer got Tony Gonzalez and Johnny Callison on ground balls to second for the first two outs.

With Danny Cater placed on the Disabled List the day before and Alex Johnson not yet with the team, the Phillies were down one bench player. So Mauch let Baldschun bat for himself in the tie ballgame.

And Baldschun came through with a two-out single ─ his third hit in 10 at-bats – to put runner on first with two outs. Richie Allen followed with an infield single and Baldschun took second to put runners on first and second.

Cookie Rojas cleared the bases with a double to put the Phillies back on top 12-10.

With Johnny Briggs batting, Ed Bailey allowed two consecutive passed balls. Rojas advanced to third on the first passed ball and scored on the second to bump the lead to 13-10 Phillies.


In the bottom of the tenth, Gene Oliver singled.

So Mauch replaced Baldschun with Dennis Bennett (9-7). This was Bennett’s fifth relief appearance to go along with 20 starts.

Bennett retired the next three batters to pick up his second save.


Jack Baldschun (4-4) gave up three hits and two runs in his two innings of work, yet he still picked up the win. Bobby Tiefenauer (3-5) was saddled with the loss.

Gene Mauch used 21 players in coaxing the win.

The 13 runs and 18 hits were the highest offensive output of the season for the Phillies.

Cubs Wallop Giants

The Chicago Cubs jumped off to a 12-0 lead after six innings and waltzed home to a 13-4 win over the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

Lew Burdette (7-2) picked up the easy win while Billy O’Dell (3-3) was hammered for 12 runs on 11 hits. Billy Williams (#24), Len Gabrielson (#2), and Lew Burdette (#2) hit home runs for the Cubs. For Burdette, it was his second of the season and 12th of his career.

For the Giants, Orlando Cepeda (#18) homered in the seventh and Jim Ray Hart (#14) homered in the eighth.

The loss dropped the Giants two games behind the first-place Phillies.

1964 image

(Excerpted from 1964 – The Year the Phillies Blew the Pennant by Barry Bowe.)

Written by Barry Bowe

Former sportswriter – first to put Timmy Duncan’s name on the sports page.

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