In November of last year, I wrote a MLBlog on the month of April. All of a sudden, the computer crashed and all was lost; all of the data on the 1970 Baltimore Orioles Replay had gone to cyber heaven. I have replaced the computer with the latest bells and whistles and started the 1970 season all over again. This time, I am playing the new Baseball Classics Vortex Edition. If you would like to know more about this game system, please contact my friends at http://www.playbaseballclassics.com.
Anyway, I have finished the month of April with the Orioles replay running even with the actual season, 13 wins and 6 losses. The team is struggling at the plate with a weak .240 batting average. The Robinson boys have not gotten their bats hot as yet, but the pitching earned run average is an incredible 1.42. Dave McNally is 5-0 for the month. The staff has thrown eleven complete games in the nineteen games of April.
The Orioles are opening a three-game homesteand against the Twins to start off the month of May. Its time to get some pine tar and swing some bats.
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The Orioles finished the month of April with a 15-4 record, which was actually two games better than their actual record. This would put Baltimore in first place, 3.5 games ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers. The team batting average has been steadily improving with the implementation of Vortex (especially Frank Robinson who was only hitting .150 prior to the change). The pitching is downright frightening. The team ERA is 1.06 with 5 shutouts. The Minnesota Twins are coming to town to open the month of May.
1 4/7/70 Indians Loss 0-3 1 0 – 1 Away League
2 4/8/70 Indians Win 5-2 1 – 1 Away League
3 4/9/70 Indians Win 3-0 1 2 – 1 Away League
4 4/10/70 Tigers Win 2-1 3 – 1 Home League
5 4/11/70 Tigers Win 1-0 4 – 1 Home League
6 4/12/70 Tigers Win 4-3 5 – 1 5 – 1 Home League
7 4/16/70 Senators Loss 1-2 2 5 – 2 Home League
8 4/17/70 Yankees Loss 1-2 5 – 3 Home League
9 4/18/70 Yankees Win 3-2 6 – 3 Home League
10 4/19/70 Yankees Win 13-3 7 – 3 Home League
11 4/19/70 Yankees Win 6-2 8 – 3 Home League
12 4/20/70 Red Sox Win 3-0 9 – 3 Away League
13 4/22/70 Red Sox Win 6-0 10 – 3 Away League
14 4/24/70 Royals Win 9-0 11 – 3 Away League
15 4/25/70 Royals Win 5-4 12 – 3 Away League
16 4/26/70 Royals Loss 2-3 12 – 4 Away League
17 4/28/70 White Sox Win 2-1 13 – 4 Away League
18 4/29/70 White Sox Win 10-2 14 – 4 Away League
19 4/30/70 White Sox Win 7-2 15 – 4 Away League
Jim Gilliam’s bases loaded clearing double off Minnesota’s Al Worthington provided the winning run as the Dodgers defeated the Twins 7-6. The victory gave Los Angeles the World Championship over Minnesota, four games to two.
Jimmie Hall’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the fourth inning put the Twins ahead 4-3. Minnesota added two more runs in the seventh on Tony Oliva’s triple that scored Joe Nossek, and came home on Harmon Killebrew’s single.
In the top of the eighth with the Dodgers trailing the Twins 6-3, Lou Johnson led off with a solo home run. A single by Wes Parker and an one out double by Dick Tracewski put runners on second and third. Maury Wills walked to load the bases. Jim Gilliam then hit a double that allowed all the runners to score and give the Dodgers a 7-6 lead.
Ron Perranoski game up a walk to Versalles in the top of the ninth, but escaped with a double play on Nossek’s ground ball. The Twins followed with singles by Oliva and Killebrew. Earl Battey grounded out to give Perranoski the save and the secure the World Championship.
The Most Valuable Player Award went to Jim Gilliam. He batted .304 and led the Dodgers with seven RBIs.
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In the fourth game of the World Series, the Twins beat the Dodgers on two home runs by Don Mincher. Jim Grant beat Don Drysdale and prevented a four-game sweep by Los Angeles.
A two-run home run by Bob Allison and a grandslam homer by Harmon Killebrew provided the firepower for the Twins to win their second game of the World Series. Jim Kaat made up for his loss in the first game by pitching into the ninth inning. A bottom of the ninth rally by the Dodgers left Los Angeles two runs short.
Sandy Koufax, winner of the second game, gave up ten hits and all six of the Minnesota runs on the homer runs by Allison and Killebrew.
The World Series returns to Minneapolis-St. Paul for the sixth and seventh game (if necessary). Claude Osteen will start for the Dodgers and Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant will take the mound for the Twins in game six.
The Dodgers continue to struggle with their hitting, as their team batting average in the series is only .241. The Twins have hit seven home runs in the five games, Allison 2, Mincher 2, Killebrew 2 and Quilici. The Dodger pitching staff has a respectable 2.81 ERA for the five games.
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The Minnesota Twins received an unkindly welcome when they arrived in Los Angeles for the third game of the World Series. With the scored tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jim Gilliam tripled and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Willie Davis.
The Twins scattered ten hits, but were able to tally two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Bob Allison. Both starting pitchers, Camilo Pascual for Minnesota and Claude Osteen for Los Angeles did not get a decision. Johnny Klippsten suffered the loss, and Bob Miller earned the win.
The Twins are trailing 3-0 with Jim “Mudcat” Grant facing Don Drysdale for the second time in the fourth game of the series.
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In the second game of the World Series between the 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 LA Dodgers Replay, Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers shut out the Twins, 6-0. Although Koufax gave up nine hits, the Twins stranded five runners in scoring position. Striking out six and only giving up one run, Koufax pitched a complete game for the victory.
Minnesota pitchers, Jim Kaat, Dick Boswell and Dick Stigman, combined to give up seven walks and nine hits. With the help of two walks in the eighth inning, the Dodgers hit two doubles that scored three runs and put the game out of reach.
Unlike the actual 1965 World Series where the Twins took a 2-0 lead, the Dodgers have turned the tables around and head home to Los Angeles with the 2-0 lead.
The 1965 World Series opened in Minneapolis on Wednesday, October 6th. The powerful bats of the Twins could not conquer the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The final score was 4-2 and the result might have been different if not for a groundball error in the top of the 5th inning.
Wes Parker was safe on the error to lead off the inning. Johnny Roseboro singled him to second. After Don Drysdale flied out for the first out, leadoff hitter Maury Wills walked to load the bases. Jim Gilliam sacrificed to advance the runners and score Parker. Willie Davis followed with a single that scored Roseboro and the fleet-footed Wills from second. Ron Fairly grounded out to end the inning. Despite superb pitching by Jim Grant, three unearned runs scored which gave Los Angeles the lead.
Frank Quilici led off the bottom of the 5th inning with a solo home run, closing the gap to 4-2. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Tony Oliva doubled and was out attempting to score from second on Harmon Killebrew’s single. With eleven hits in the game, the only Twins run came on solo home runs by Quilici and Harmon Killebrew. Ron Fairly banged a solo home run for the Dodgers.
Jim Grant gave up only four hits, but took the loss due to the big error in the 5th inning. Don Drysdale pitched eight innings to get the win and Jim Brewer closed out the 9th inning to get the save.
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