Baseball game summaries from the New York Times, 1965


Inadequate Fielding Leads
to Richert's Downfall--
Richardson Connects


Even in a one-sided baseball
game, like last night's 9-5 New
York Yankee victory over the
Washington Senators, there are
small incidents that have large
Two of them arose in the
third inning at Yankee Stadium
and changed the nature of the
game in a way the box score
can never reflect. They set up
a five-run rally that gave the
Yankees control of the game
and enabled Al Downing to record
his ninth victory of the
season by working only the first
seven innings.
Downing had started against
Pete Richert, also a young left<­>hander
with a fine future--and
for the first two innings, Richert
had all the best of it. Only three
days before, Pete had pitched
two strong, scoreless innings
against the National League
All-Stars in Minnesota. Now he
seemed overpowering as he retired
the first six Yankees on
four grounders and two popups.
Meanwhile, Downing had begun
the game by walking Joe
Cunningham, and was tagged
for three singles before the first
inning ended with Washington
leading, 2-0.
Then, with one out in the
Senators' third, a single and
two walks filled the bases. It
took a well-executed double
play, launched by Phil Linz, to
get Downing out of that inning.
The Turning Point

That was a turning point, as
things turned out, but not as
decisive as what followed.
Clete Boyer ripped a double
down the left-field line, opening
the Yankee third, and Roger
Repoz struck out. Then Downing
smashed an astonishing 420-
foot ground-rule double on one
bounce into the left-field bleachers.
Downing took third after
Don Lock caught Bobby Richardson's
fly to center.
So here was Richert, still
leading 2-1, with two out and
a man on third. There was little
indication that a tight
Downing-Richert pitching duel
was about to go up in smoke.
Then the two small things
Phil Linz hit a fairly solid
liner to left. It "stayed up," as
players say, and most agile outfielders
would have caught it.
But Washington's leftfielder
was huge Frank Howard, who
starts and moves slowly. The
ball fell in front of him for a
single and the score was 2-2.
Richert wouldn't give Mickey
Mantle a good pitch, and walked
him. Then he fooled Elston
Howard enough to get a slow
bouncer toward third--and that
was the second small thing.
Curtains for Richert

Howard is a power hitter, a
slow runner--third basemen
necessarily play him deep. Ken
McMullen raced in and made an
off-balance throw to first, off
line, and Howard had an infield
hit, filling the bases.
Thus Richert, as a pitcher,
was deprived twice of what
could have been the third out.
Thereupon, Hector Lopez hit a
grounder through the third<­>short
hole for a two-run single
and Ray Barker lined a 3-2
pitch to right for a run-scoring
The Yankees led, 5-2, Richert
was out of the game and the
pitching duel was over.
A homer by Richardson in
the fourth, an unearned run in
the fifth and a 440-foot double
to center by Howard that was
the pivot of a two-run seventh
ran the count up to 9-2 before
Downing left the game.
Hal Reniff, asked to finish
for Downing, couldn't quite do
it. With one out and one on in
the ninth, he walked two men
and was tagged for ground singles
by McMullen and Frank
Pedro Ramos was called in
and ended the game with one
pitch, getting Held to hit into
a double play.
Joe Pepitone, in the throes
of a batting slump and roundly
booed Thursday night, had insult
added to injury last night
when he was fined and benched
by Manager Johnny Keane.
Pepitone, ordered to report to
the Stadium at 5 P.M. for extra
batting practice, did not show
up until 6:30.

White Sox Subdue Angels, 4-3; Orioles Beat Tigers, 2-1, in 11th

Robinson Sparks Chicago

CHICAGO, July 16 (AP)--
Floyd Robinson, who had tied
the game earlier with a two-run
double, tripled home the winning
run in the 11th inning as
the Chicago White Sox gained
a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles
Angels tonight.
Dean Chance, pitching in relief
for the Angels, started the
inning by walking Don Buford.
Tom McCraw forced Buford,
but Robinson followed with a
triple to right field.
The loss gave a Chance a 6-5
won-lost record. Eddie Fisher,
who pitched the 11th inning for
Chicago, became the American
League's first 11-game winner.
He has lost three.
The Sox, held to three hits by
the starter, George Brunet, in
the first seven innings, scored
three runs and tied the count
in the eighth.
Wild Pitchers Hurt Detroit

DETROIT, July 16 (AP)--
Brooks Robinson led off the
11th inning with a double tonight
and scored on two wild
pitches by Larry Sherry, giving
the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 victory
over the Detroit Tigers.
The Orioles chased the Detroit
starter, Denny McLain, in the
eighth inning when they loaded
the bases with one out. But
Orlando Pena came in and got
Robinson to hit into an inning<­>ending
double play.
McLain blanked the Orioles
on two singles through the first
six innings, but Boog Powell hit
a homer leading off the seventh
for a 1-1 tie. It was Powell's
first home run since May 15.
Jerry Lumpe's two-out double
in the third inning scored Bill
Freehan, who had singled, for
the first Detroit run.


Grant Routed After 2 Out
--Oliva Extends Streak

16 (UPI)--The Kansas City
Athletics chased Jim Grant with
a four-run first inning tonight
and went on to trounce the
Minnesota Twins, 10-2.
The setback enabled the Cleveland
Indians to move to within
four games of the league-leading
Grant retired the first two
batters, but Dick Green walked
and four consecutive singles, a
second walk and a single by the
winning pitcher, Diego Segui,
netted four runs.
The A's added three runs off
Jerry Fosnow in the third and
three off Mel Nelson in the
sixth. That was more than
enough for Segui, who scattered
nine hits in his fifth victory.
Both Minnesota runs were un<­>earned.
Tony Oliva, who extended
his hitting streak to 14
games with two hits, singled in
the third, took second on Tom
Reynolds's error and scored on
Jimmie Hall's single.
The other run came in the
ninth on Ken Harrelson's error
at first base.
Indians Beat Red Sox, 4-3

--Larry Brown smashed a lead<­>off
home run in the 10th inning
tonight, giving the Cleveland
Indians a 4-3 victory over
the Boston Red Sox.
Brown connected on a 2-1
pitch from Dick Radatz, who
suffered his seventh defeat
against four victories. The
homer sailed into the left-field
Sixth-inning home runs by
Fred Whitfield and Leon Wagner
had given the Indians a 3-2
lead, but Boston tied it in the
ninth against Sam McDowell.
Singles by Tony Conigliaro and
Bob Tillman sandwiched round
Lee Thomas's double accounted
for the run.



Special to The New York Times

ST. LOUIS, July 16--The New
York Mets wasted four home
runs and outdid themselves in
poor defense tonight, as they allowed
the St. Louis Cardinals to
overtake them and finally win,
8-5, before 16,175 persons at
Busch Stadium.
Two errors by the Mets in
the sixth helped the Cards
score six runs in that frame
and led to the Mets' ninth loss
to the Cards in 10 games between
the clubs this season.
Wasted in all this were homers
by Charlie Smith, Jesse
Gonder, Johnny Lewis and Jim
Hickman that accounted for all
the Met runs off Bob Gibson,
the Cards' starter and winner.
So the Mets' poor play helped
the Cards beat the Mets for
the second straight night as
Casey Stengel's men suffered
their fifth loss in a row.
Met-like fielding began asserting
itself in the third inning
when the Cards took a 2-0
lead. Phil Gagliano slammed a
ball to right field near the wall
with two Cards on base. Joe
Christopher overran the ball and
failed to touch it.
Gagliano got a triple and the
Cards scored two runs to take
a short lead against Al Jackson,
the losing Met hurler.
Smith Wallops Homer

But then the Mets, who failed
to get a hit off Gibson in the
first three innings, scored three
runs in the fourth. With Ed
Kranepool on second with a
double, Charlie Smith hit a long
homer against the scoreboard
behind the left-field seats, about
410 feet from home. Gonder followed
with a home run over the
right-field roof.
Lewis then hit a homer to the
same spot and the Mets led, 4-2.
In the sixth the Mets let the
roof fall in for the umpteenth
time. It started when Jackson
walked Dick Groat. It ended
when the Mets' third pitcher,
Galen Cisco, got the final out.
In between, Jackson threw a
ball into left field, allowing one
run. Roy McMillan, with the
bases loaded, fielded a grounder
and threw the ball into the dirt
at home. The ball bounced away,
allowing two other Cardinals to
score on the error.
With Phil Gagliano of the
Cards on third, Kranepool fielded
a bouncing ball by Bill White
near first, hesitated about
throwing home and finally decided
to make the play at first.
White beat him and Gagliano
The Cardinals drove in two of
the runs in that inning all by
themselves as Curt Flood singled
Groat home from second
and Lou Brock singled Bob
Uecker home from third.
Hickman got the final Met
run with an eighth-inning
The Mets haven't won in St.
Louis this year and the world
champions clinched a tie for the
season series between the clubs
tonight. The Houston Astros
also hold a 9-1 edge over the
Mets this year.
Hunt Expected Back Aug. 10

Ron Hunt, the Mets' 1964
All-Star second baseman who
has been out since May 11, is
expected to return Aug. 10
when the Mets open a western
trip in Los Angeles. Casey Stengel
said Friday night that he
fully expected Hunt, considered
by most as the best Met player,
to be ready for action by then.
Hunt suffered a separated left
shoulder in a collision with Phil
Gagliano of the Cards. Hunt
underwent surgery and is currently
working out each day.


Hurler Allows 5 Hits as He
Gains His 13th Victory

--The Cincinnati Reds scored a
5-1 victory over the Philadelphia
Phils tonight behind the
five-hit pitching of Sammy Ellis.
Ellis had a shutout until
Johny Callison lined a homer
off the upper center-field wall
in the ninth.
Philadelphia's first baseman,
Dick Stuart, let in two runs in
the first when, with two out,
he dropped a throw and Pete
Rose and Vada Pinson scored.
The Reds knocked out the
Phillies' starter, Jim Bunning,
with three runs in the seventh,
stopping his victory streak at
five. Ellis brought his won-lost
record to 13-4.
The victory enabled the Reds
to hold onto first place in the
National League.