OPENING DAY: APRIL 10TH, 1967
There are two games on the docket for opening day, one in each league. The National League game is the traditional Cincinnati home opener, where the Dodgers have the honors, while in the AL the Yankees (fittingly enough for me) travel to Washington to face the Senators. In a tribute to the real season I decided to use the same starting pitchers for both games. From this point onward any match up of actual game day starting pitchers will be purely coincidental. Rosters have been adjusted to where they were on 4/10/67, as closely as possible, and we're ready to roll.
Here we go, let's play some baseball.
Game 1: Cincinnati comes out swinging as season kicks off
Los Angeles at Cincinnati. Bob Miller(0-0) versus Jim Maloney (0-0). Bob Miller got the nod for the Dodgers, in a surprising choice by Walter Alston, matched up against the Reds' veteran fastballer. The Dodgers Jim Lefebvre scored the season's first run in the second inning after he doubled to right leading off, and John Roseboro followed it up with an rbi single. Tony Perez tied the game in the third with a smash into the leftfield bleachers, the season's first homerun. In the top of the fifth the Dodgers took advantage of a flurry of walks by Maloney, who loaded the bases, and Wes Parker banged a sharp single to left for an rbi, and a 2-1 lead. The Reds were rescued when Willie Davis into a double play with the bases loaded, killing the threat. In the bottom of the inning Miller threw the game away. With two down and a man on first he mishandled an easy one-hopper for a 1-base error. A single by Helms loaded the bases and Vada Pinson's 2 run single put the Reds up 3-2. Tony Perez singled for another run as the bullpen hurridly warmed up Phil Regan, but before Walter Alston could manage to get Regan into the game Deron Johnson blasted a 3 run homer to run the score to 7-2, and put the game out of reach. The Dodgers managed another run in the sixth on another rbi single from Roseboro, but a DP killed that rally as well, and Maloney cruised to the win. Final score 7-3. Tony Perez carded a 4-2-3-2 (HR, 2B) for the Reds.
WP-Maloney (1-0, CG)
LP- Miller (0-1)