Houston Colt .45's @ Nevada Dusters
April 10-12, 1964
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
April 1964
Game 1
April 10, 1964

                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 2 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0    8 15  1
     Dusters (NEV) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    4 10  0

 WP: Golden (1-0)
     LP: Bunker (0-1)
     SV: McMahon (4)

     Attendance: 25,386
     Time: 3:14

Nevada Dusters record: 7-3
The 5-and-4 Houston Colt .45's came to Las Vegas with better hitting than last year -- thanks to the emergence of outfielder Aaron Pointer and first baseman Jose Rosauro, a first-round draft pick in 1959 -- and a pitching staff bolstered by the acquisition of Nick Willhite from the Los Angeles Dodgers. And they had former Duster shortstop Jim Fregosi -- whose two-run single in the 1st gave the Colt '45's a 2-0 lead out of the gate. Houston starter Jim Golden walked the first two batters he faced in the Nevada 1st, with Albie Pearson scoring on a Rico Carty seeing-eye single through the left field gap and Donn Clendenon crossing the pay station on a Denis Menke sac fly. An inning later the Dusters added two more -- with Carty adding another RBI single to his resume, and it was 4-2. But Nevada starter Wally Bunker, who'd had such a sterling debut a few days earlier, struggled all day, particularly in the Houston 3rd, when Pointer hit a solo homer and Rosauro got an RBI triple and scored on a Carl Warwick single. They added another run in the 4th and it was 6-4 Colt .45's. That was all for Bunker, who'd been victimized for nine hits; Ben Naylor replaced him with Gaylord Perry. But Perry left a pitch up over the plate for Jim Fregosi, who cranked a two-run homer to left in the Houston 6th to widen the lead to 8-4. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th the Dusters loaded the bases, but Houston closer Turk Farrell fanned Tony Oliva to end it. The Dusters got ten hits on the day, all but one a single, and Carty went 3-for-4, while catcher Johnny Roseboro (2-for-4 with a .333 BA) demonstrated that he was hitting the ball much better than he'd done in 1963.
Game 2
April 11, 1964

                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0    2  5  0
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2    4  9  0

WP: Barber (2-0)
     LP: Woodeshick (1-1)

     Attendance: 24,688
     Time: 2:41

Nevada Dusters record: 8-3
In Game 2 the Houston offense ran into a roadblock in the form of Steve Barber, who pitched a complete game allowing two runs on five hits and striking out six. Barber pitched as well as he'd done in his award-winning 1963 season, and it wasn't until the 6th inning that the Colt '45's strung together enough hits to score a couple of runs. But the Nevada bats were silenced in the early innings by Houston starter Don Nottebart. Donn Clendenon led off the 4th with a single and scored on a Rico Carty triple, and Carty scored on a Vic Power grounder up the first base line that Nottebart couldn't get to in time to throw "Beeg Mon" out at the plate. A Clendenon double with one out in the 6th came to naught, as did a Billy Williams two-bagger in the 7th. The Colt '45's, though, could not mount a credible threat with Barber on the mound, and in the bottom of the 9th Clendenon singled, Vic Power was issued a pass, and both scored on a two-out triple by Williams. In his post-game press conference Ben Naylor admitted it was a big relief to see Barber pitching the way he'd done last year, and an even bigger one that Williams was finally getting some hits. Billy had been struggling at the plate since Opening Day, but his 3-for-4 performance today (with a double and a triple) gave the Dusters reason to hope that the batting champ's hitting woes were behind him. The one piece of bad news was a bruised foot that the team doctor said would keep Clete Boyer out of the lineup for three days.
Game 3
April 12, 1964

                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0    2  5  0
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 x    4 11  1

 WP: Siebler (1-0)
     LP: Spring (0-1)
     SV: Raymond (6)

     Attendance: 25,201
     Time: 2:28

Nevada Dusters record: 9-3
With the injuries to starters Joe Horlen and Wally Bunker, Ben Naylor brought Dwight Siebler and Gaylord Perry out of the bullpen, while summoning Mickey Lolich from AAA Bakersfield to reinforce the bullpen. Siebler had started eight games for the Dusters in 1963, ending up with a 4-2 record and 3.19 ERA, and he came through big time for Nevada in Game 3. The Dusters had a chance to take an early lead, opening the 1st with three consecutive singles, but Albie Pearson was thrown out at home on a George Banks knock up the middle, and Rico Carty grounded into a double play, and Nevada came away empty. That was okay, though, because Siebler never let a Houston baserunner beyond first until the 6th. Houston starter Nick Willhite faced a situation in the Nevada 4th with two men on and no outs, only to retire the next three batters he faced. Finally, in the 6th, Donn Clendenon homered -- his third long ball of the young season -- and broke the scoreless tie. Then Rico Carty's double was followed by a run-scoring two-bagger by Vic Power, and Nevada led 2-0. "The way Dwight was pitching, I thought that might be enough," admitted Ben Naylor. It wasn't. A two-run blast into the left field bleachers by Houston backstop Smoky Burgess tied it up in the 7th. Former Duster reliever Jack Spring took the mound for Houston in the 7th, and Jerry Adair doubled off him, scoring on an Albie Pearson single. Pearson stole second and scored when George Banks hit a looping flare that dropped into short center, and Nevada had a 4-2 advantage. Bob Duliba in the 8th and Claude Raymond in the 9th didn't allow another Houston baserunner, and the Dusters, for all their travails, had won a fourth series in a row and, at 9-and-3, sat atop the NL, one game ahead of the Cubs and Giants. The top of the Nevada lineup continued to be the catalyst, with Albie Pearson (5-for-12 in the series) enjoying a .373 BA and Donn Clendenon (7-for-11 in the series) up to .395. Siebler (7.0 ip,  5 h,  2 bb,  2 r,  2 er,  2 k) notched his first win and Raymond, with a 0.00 ERA, recorded his sixth save.
Dusters Starting Lineups

Game 1
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Rico Carty  lf
Denis Menke  ss
Jerry Adair  2b
Tony Oliva  rf
Bob Bailey  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Wally Bunker  p

Game 2
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Rico Carty  rf
Denis Menke  ss
Vic Power  2b
Billy Williams  lf
Johnny Roseboro  c
Clete Boyer  3b
Steve Barber  p

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
George Banks  lf
Rico Carty  rf
Vic Power  ss
Johnny Roseboro  c
Bob Bailey  3b
Jerry Adair  2b
Dwight Siebler  p


AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
11
2
0
0
0
0
4
0
.270
1B
Clendenon
11
7
2
4
1
2
0
0
.395
2B
Adair
7
1
2
1
0
0
3
0
.225
2B/SS
Power
6
1
1
1
0
2
1
0
.357
3B
Bailey
5
0
1
1
0
0
4
0
.167
3B
Martin
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.111
3B
Boyer
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.250
SS
Menke
7
0
1
0
0
1
4
0
.261
OF
Pearson
12
5
1
2
0
1
1
1
.373
OF
Carty
10
5
1
2
0
3
1
0
.303
OF
Oliva
5
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
.333
OF/PH
Williams
5
3
0
0
0
2
0
0
.241
OF/PH
Banks
5
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
.333
P
Bunker
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
.000
P
Barber
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.000
P
Siebler
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
2B: Roseboro (2), Clendenon (2), Williams (1), Adair (3), Power (3), Carty (2), Banks (2)
3B: Williams (1), Carty (1)
HR: Clendenon (3)
 
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Bunker
1
1
3.2
9
1
1
6
6
0
66
5.40
1 loss
SP
Barber
1
1
9.0
5
4
0
2
2
6
129
1.57
1 win
SP
Siebler
1
1
7.0
5
2
1
2
2
2
97
2.57
1 win
RP
Perry
1
-
2.1
4
0
1
2
2
0
37
2.84
RP
Dailey
1
-
2.0
2
0
0
0
0
2
26
3.00
RP
Raymond
2
-
2.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
25
0.00
1 save
RP
Duliba
1
-
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
2
13
0.00
Injury Report
(4.10) Joe Horlen (SP)
Out 17 days, hand stress fracture
(4.10) Wally Bunker (SP)
Out 6 days, hip stress fracture
(4.12) Clete Boyer (3B)
Out 3 days, bruised foot

FEATURED GAME
Game 2: April 11, 1964



Houston Colt .45's
starting lineup
Aaron Pointer  rf
Johnny Temple  2b
Jim Fregosi  ss
Jose Rosauro  1b
Hal Smith  c
Carl Warwick  cf
Al Spangler  lf
Geraldo Dario  3b
Don Nottebart  p



Johnny Temple
Born 8.8.27 (Lexington, NC)
Debut 4.15.52
Bats Right
Throws Right
5' 11"   175
Catawba College
Career
1420 G
5218 AB
720 R
1484 H
140 SB
395 RBI
.284 BA
.363 OBP
All-Star 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961


TOP OF THE FIRST
Aaron Pointer tripled in the right field gap. <3-->
Johnny Temple struck out. <3-->
Jim Fregosi grounded to first. <3-->
Jose Rosauro was intentionally walked. <3-1>
Hal Smith popped up to third. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Albie Pearson popped up to third. <--->
Donn Clendenon popped up to third. <--->
Rico Carty popped up to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Carl Warwick flied out to center. <--->
Al Spangler lined out to left. <--->
Geraldo Dario singled down the left field line. <--1>
Don Nottebart grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Denis Menke lined out to center. <--->
Vic Power struck out. <--->
Billy Williams singled up the middle. <--1>
Johnny Roseboro struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Aaron Pointer struck out. <--->
Johnny Temple flied out to right. <--->
Jim Fregosi grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Clete Boyer singled to left. <--1>
Steve Barber struck out. <--1>
Albie Pearson grounded to third for a double play. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Jose Rosauro lined out to third. <--->
Hal Smith struck out. <--->
Carl Warwick grounded to the pitcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Donn Clendenon singled up the middle. <--1>
Rico Carty tripled to right, scoring a run. <3-->
Denis Menke struck out. <3-->
Vic Power grounded to the pitcher, scoring a run. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Al Spangler walked. <--1>
Geraldo Dario struck out. <--1>
Smoky Burgess pinch hit for Don Nottebart. <--1>
Smoky Burgess grounded to third for a double play. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Houston trails 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Jim Umbricht came in to pitch for the Colt .45's. <--->
Johnny Roseboro flied out to right. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to short. <--->
Steve Barber grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Aaron Pointer singled to right. <--1>
Aaron Pointer stole second. <-2->
Johnny Temple singled in the right field gap, scoring a run. <--1>
Jim Fregosi singled in the left field gap, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Jose Rosauro grounded to third, scoring a run. <-2->
Hal Smith grounded to third. <3-->
Carl Warwick walked. <3-1>
Al Spangler grounded to second. <3-1>
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Albie Pearson struck out. <--->
Donn Clendenon doubled down the third base line. <-2->
Donn Clendenon went for an extra base and was thrown out at third. <--->
Rico Carty lined out to first. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Geraldo Dario struck out. <--->
The Dusters guarded the lines.
Johnny Weekly pinch hit for Jim Umbricht. <--->
Johnny Weekly flied out to center. <--->
Aaron Pointer popped up to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Hal Woodeshick came in to pitch for the Colt .45's. <--->
Denis Menke struck out. <--->
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
Billy Williams doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
Johnny Roseboro grounded to first. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Johnny Temple grounded to first. <--->
Jim Fregosi walked. <--1>
Jim Fregosi was caught stealing second. <--->
Jose Rosauro struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Clete Boyer singled up the middle. <--1>
Steve Barber grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
Albie Pearson grounded to the pitcher for a double play. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Hal Smith grounded to short. <--->
Carl Warwick grounded to third. <--->
Al Spangler flied out to center. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Donn Clendenon singled down the third base line. <--1>
Rico Carty grounded to short. <-2->
Denis Menke struck out. <-2->
Vic Power was intentionally walked. <-21>
Billy Williams tripled in the right field gap for two RBIs. <3-->

DUSTERS WIN: 4-2

The Standings
National League
W
L
Pct.
GB
Streak
Last 10
BA
ERA
Nevada Dusters
9
3
.750
-
Won 2
7-3
.269
3.32
Chicago Cubs
8
4
.667
1.0
Won 1
6-4
.275
3.08
San Francisco Giants
8
4
.667
1.0
Lost 1
7-3
.264
2.86
Cincinnati Reds
5
4
.556
2.5
Won 1
5-4
.264
3.04
New York Mets
5
4
.556
2.5
Won 1
5-4
.248
3.53
Houston Colt .45's
6
6
.500
3.0
Lost 2
5-5
.237
3.88
St. Louis Cardinals
5
7
.417
4.0
Lost 1
4-6
.232
2.97
Los Angeles Dodgers
4
8
.333
5.0
Lost 1
3-7
.234
3.87
Pittsburgh Pirates
4
8
.333
5.0
Won 1
4-6
.239
3.78
Philadelphia Phillies
3
9
.250
6.0
Lost 1
3-7
.246
4.62

Nevada Dusters: Financial Report
Average
Attendance
Revenue
YTD
Team
Payroll
Profit
YTD
Available
Cash
25,096
$87,000
$583,000
$23,000
$419,000