April 1, 1964
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Phillies (PHI) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 1
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 5 9 1
WP: Raymond (1-0)
LP: Locke (0-1)
Nevada Dusters record: 1-0
It wasn't discovered until much later that Ben Naylor had seriously considered giving the Opening Day start to Joe Horlen. His impression during spring training was that Steve Barber was struggling with his command. But Barber had been the ace of the staff in '63, and he'd won more games than any other pitcher in the majors -- not to mention the NL Cy Young Award. Ultimately, Naylor decided to put his reservations aside. Barber had earned the # 1 position in the rotation.
Of particular interest was the presence of Rico Carty in the lineup playing center field instead of Albie Pearson, who was under the weather with "flu-like symptoms." Carty occupied the middle of the lineup along with newcomer Denis Menke, and everyone was curious to know how the "new guys" would perform. They didn't disappoint: Carty went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Menke ended up going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and a run. It was Carty whose fielding error in the Philly 1st allowed Tony Gonzalez to score, giving Philadelphia an early 1-0 lead. Barber retired the side in the 2nd but struggled in the 3rd, facing a two-out bases loaded situation that was defused when Earl Averill flied out to end the inning. In the 5th Tony Gonzalez opened with a double and scored on a Johnny Callison sac fly, making it 2-0. Meanwhile, Philly starter Art Mahaffey cruised through the Nevada lineup, which didn't produce a hit until the bottom of the 5th. Singles by Menke and Carty were squandered when Jerry Adair grounded into a double play and Johnny Roseboro struck out. The 6th was a different story; Donn Clendenon (2-for-5) opened with a single, stole second, and scored on a Lee Maye double. Then Menke sent Maye home with a single to left, tying the game. Fred Gladding relieved Barber for the Philly 8th -- and surrendered a home run ball to Earl Averill. The Dusters caught up again in the bottom of the inning, which Clendenon opened with a triple. Menke's grounder scored Clendenon. Gladding faced a bases-loaded crisis in the Minnesota 9th, but Bob Duliba came in to strike out pinch hitter Ken Hunt, and the score remained 3-3. Menke opened the 11th with a double, Carty was issued a pass by Philly reliever Bobby Locke, and then Don Zimmer threw the ball away on a Clete Boyer grounder and both Menke and Carty scored to give the Dusters their Opening Day 5-3 win. It was an impressive debut for the "new guys," but Conn Hudson was disappointed in the turnout -- 23,000 for the World Champions' first game of the season.
April 2, 1964
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Phillies (PHI) 1 0 1 0 0 2 5 0 0 9 14 0
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 2 x 10 17 0
WP: Brewer (1-0)
LP: Klippstein (0-1)
SV: Raymond (1)
Nevada Dusters record: 2-0
Albie Pearson took his spot at the top of the lineup for Game 2, and Ben Naylor substituted Rico Carty, one of the heroes of Game 1, for Lee Maye. Pearson went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and Carty 2-for-3 with a walk and four ribbies. Jerry Adair, who had gone 0-for-4 on Opening Day, stung the Phillies for four hits in five plate appearances. The Dusters faced Jesus Velez, a 2nd-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 1960, in the rookie's major league debut. Joe Horlen took the mound for the Dusters. As had happened on the previous day, the Phillies took an early 1-0 lead when Horlen served up three consecutive singles in the top of the 1st. They added another run in the 3rd when Horlen hit Velez with a pitch and Velez went on to score on a Johnny Callison double. Velez handled the Nevada lineup with relative ease until the 5th, when a walk and two singles loaded the bases for Carty, who singled in a pair of runs. Adair knocked in another and the Dusters were up 3-2. Philadelphia took the lead in the 6th when Dick Tracewski cranked a two-run homer to left. The Dusters got it back in the bottom of the 6th when two walks and a single loaded the bases once again for Carty -- who again delivered with a two-run double. With a 5-4 lead, Fred Gladding relieved Bob Duliba (who had replaced Horlen in the 6th) for the Philadelphia 7th, and Naylor sent in the defensive unit: J.C. Martin at first and George Banks in right. Two doubles, a triple, a single and a pair of walks later, the Phillies led 9-5 and Gladding was headed for the showers with a whopping 32.40 ERA. Jim Brewer made his first appearance of the year and retired the first three batters he faced. Adair tripled off Tom Metcalf to open the Nevada 7th, and Clete Boyer hit the first Nevada homer of 1964 into the bleachers in right. Pearson added a run with a two-bagger and Philadelphia's lead was cut to 9-8. The Phillies went quietly against Brewer in the 8th. In the bottom of the inning Pearson sent a scorching single through the left field gap to plate Adair, and later, with the bases loaded and Banks at the plate, Johnny Klippstein walked in the go-ahead run. Claude Raymond pitched in the 9th to earn his first save, and Brewer got the win. The starter, Horlen, lasted five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits.
April 3, 1964
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Phillies (PHI) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 x 3 8 0
WP: Duliba (1-0)
LP: Klippstein (0-2)
SV: Raymond (2)
Nevada Dusters record: 3-0
The Phillies had added slugging outfielder Dick Stuart, who had hit 44 homers for Boston in '63, to a lineup that already included Tony Gonzalez (.328, 25, 115) and Johnny Callison (.277, 21, 95), and that trio managed to get a few hits off Nevada starter Al Downing. Significantly, though, all of the hits were singles. Based on Downing's work in the spring, Ben Naylor had been moved to predict that "Al might turn out to be the best pitcher in our rotation this year." He pitched well in his first start of the year, striking out nine Philly batters while allowing just one run on six hits through 7.2 innings of work. Rico Carty started in left field in place of the slow-starting Billy Williams, giving Carty the distinction of having started in all three outfield positions during the series. "It seemed foolish to leave someone who's swinging the bat so well on the bench," explained Naylor. Carty, though, went 0-for-3 with a walk -- and it was Williams who proved to be the difference in the game. Following the offensive fireworks of Game 2, the contest evolved into a pitching duel between Downing and his opposite number, Chris Short, with the score tied at 1 going into the 7th. Dick Tracewski doubled and pinch hitter Cal Emery was issued an intentional walk. Tony Gonzalez bunted the baserunners over to second and third, and Naylor ordered a pass issued to pinch hitter Ken Hunt to load the bases. Downing struck out Callison to end the threat. But in the 8th he faced another bases-loaded crisis that followed the same script -- two more intentional walks and a pinch hitter in Roy Sievers. This time Naylor called on Bob Duliba to hold the line, and Sievers popped up for the third out. In the bottom of the 8th, with men on second and third and two outs, Billy Williams came off the bench to hit a looping fly ball that dropped in shallow center for a single and scored two runs, giving the Dusters a 3-1 lead that Claude Raymond would successfully protect in the 9th. Nevada had swept its opponent in the first series of the year -- just as they had in 1963 -- and were the only undefeated ballclub in the majors.
Game 2: April 2, 1964
Tony Gonzalez cf
Tony Taylor 2b
Johnny Callison rf
Dick Stuart 1b
Clay Dalrymple c
Earl Averill lf
Don Zimmer 3b
Dick Tracewski ss
Jesus Velez p
Born 11.7.32 (San Francisco, CA)
6' 4" 212 lb
HORLEN PITCHING. Gonzalez popped up to third. Taylor singled through the right side. Callison singled to left, Taylor to third. Stuart singled to left, Taylor scored, Callison to third. Dalrymple grounded to first, 3-6-1 double play.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Philadelphia leads 1 to 0.
VELEZ PITCHING. Pearson grounded to short. Clendenon struck out. Carty walked. Williams flied out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.
Averill lined out to short. Zimmer singled to center. Tracewski popped up to third. Zimmer was caught stealing second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Philadelphia leads 1 to 0.
Menke popped up to first. Adair singled through the right side. Boyer struck out. Roseboro walked, Adair to second. Horlen grounded to second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.
Velez was hit by a pitch. Gonzalez struck out. Taylor grounded to first. Callison doubled in the left field gap, Velez scored. Stuart struck out.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Philadelphia leads 2 to 0.
Pearson doubled in the left field gap. Clendenon struck out. Carty popped up to third. Williams struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.
Dalrymple walked. Averill walked, Dalrymple to second. Zimmer walked, Dalrymple to third, Averill to second. Bases loaded. Tracewski grounded to third, Dalrymple forced out at home (fielder's choice), Averill to third, Zimmer to second. Bases loaded. Velez struck out. Bases loaded. Gonzalez lined out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Philadelphia leads 2 to 0.
Menke singled in the right field gap. Adair struck out. Boyer flied out to center. Roseboro struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.
Taylor grounded to third. Callison singled up the middle. Stuart walked, Callison to second. Dalrymple hit an infield single to third, Callison to third, Stuart to second. Bases loaded. Averill grounded to second, 4-6-3 double play.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Philadelphia leads 2 to 0.
Horlen walked. Pearson hit an infield single to third, Horlen to second. Clendenon singled through the right side, Horlen to third, Pearson to second. Bases loaded. Carty singled to left, Horlen scored, Pearson scored, Clendenon to second. Williams popped up to the catcher. Menke grounded to third, Clendenon to third, Carty forced out at second (fielder's choice). Adair singled up the middle, Clendenon scored, Menke to second. Boyer struck out.
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 2.
Zimmer singled through the hole. Tracewski homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. BOB DULIBA PITCHING. Velez struck out. Gonzalez flied out to left. Taylor grounded to short.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Philadelphia leads 4 to 3.
Roseboro singled to right. Lee Maye (for Duliba) walked, Roseboro to second. Pearson lined out to third. Clendenon walked, Roseboro to third, Maye to second. Bases loaded. Carty doubled in the right field gap, Roseboro scored, Maye scored, Clendenon to third. Williams struck out. Menke popped up to second.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 4.
FRED GLADDING PITCHING. J.C. MARTIN AT FIRST. GEORGE BANKS IN RIGHT. Callison tripled over the center fielder. Stuart doubled down the right field line, Callison scored. Dalrymple walked. Averill walked, Stuart to third, Dalrymple to second. Bases loaded. Zimmer doubled down the right field line, Stuart scored, Dalrymple scored, Averill to third. Tracewski singled in the right field gap, Averill scored, Zimmer scored. JIM BREWER PITCHING. Cal Emery (for Velez) grounded to third. Gonzalez flied out to left. Taylor struck out.
5 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Philadelphia leads 9 to 5.
TOM METCALF PITCHING. Adair tripled over the left fielder. Boyer homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. Roseboro singled to right. Brewer grounded to second, Roseboro to second. Pearson doubled down the third base line, Roseboro scored. Martin struck out. Banks walked. Williams hit an infield single to third, Pearson to third, Banks to second. Bases loaded. Menke struck out.
3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Nevada trails 9 to 8.
Callison flied out to left. Stuart struck out. Dalrymple popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Philadelphia leads 9 to 8.
Adair singled to left. Boyer singled down the left field line, Adair to third. Roseboro lined out to right. Julio Gotay (for Brewer) struck out. JOHNNY KLIPPSTEIN PITCHING. Pearson singled in the left field gap, Adair scored, Boyer to third. Martin walked, Pearson to second. Bases loaded. Banks walked, Boyer scored, Pearson to third, Martin to second. Bases loaded. Williams grounded to third.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Nevada leads 10 to 9.
CLAUDE RAYMOND PITCHING. Averill grounded to short. Zimmer singled through the hole. Tracewski struck out. Wayne Graham (for Klippstein) popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
DUSTERS WIN: 10-9