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1968 Doubleheader... Dodgers against Cubs
Recap of a doubleheader played at Wrigley Field on Chicago's near north side from a collection of newly acquired scorecards- programs.

Scored and information by Eugene Siuda for "Let's Play Two Today"

July 28, 1968 Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs:

First Game: Starting pitchers - Hall of Famer Don Drysdale going for the Dodgers. Joe Niekro on the mound for the Cubbies.

Line-ups: Dodgers - Willie Davis, leading off and playing center-field... L. Gabrielson LF... T. Haller C... Joe Lefebvre 2B... Ron Fairly 1B... Bob Bailey 3B... J. Fairley RF... Zollo Versalles SS... Don Drysdale P

Cubs - Don Kessinger SS... Glenn Beckert 2B... Billy Williams LF... Ron Santo 3B... Ernie Banks 1B... Al Spangler RF... Hundley Catcher... Jim Hickman CF... Joe Niekro P

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What looked like a vaguely promising rally in the first inning for the Dodgers got chopped off at the knees when Cub second baseman Glenn Beckert went deep towards the bag at 2nd, dove and flipped to shortstop Don Kessinger at 2nd for a force out to end the inning. Willie Davis opened the inning by grounding out... Len Gabrielson hit a ground ball past Kessinger at short for a base-hit... Tom Haller struck out... and Jim Lefebvre lined a hard single to center... Dodgers' runners at 1st and 3rd, two-outs - then Ron Fairly Grounded to Beckert for the 3rd-out.

Neither team threatened to score until the Dodgers opened the third inning - Willie Davis beat out a bunt in front of Santo at third... Gabrielson singled over 2nd base... after Haller and Lefebvre both popped-up - Ron Fairly doubled driving in Willie Davis and Gabrielson... Dodgers 2, Cubs 0.

The Cubs roared back with four runs in the 4th - with one out, sweet-swinging Billy Williams doubled to right... Santo singled Williams home... Banks doubled, the slow-moving Santo stopped at 3rd... Al Spangler walked to load the bases... and all-star catcher Randy Hundley single brought in both Santo and Banks... Jim Hickman sacrifice fly scored Spangler from third... Niekro flew out to end the inning... Cubs leading 4-2.

The Dodgers scored one more in the top of the 5th... Willie Davis doubled and Gabrielson singled him home. Cubs still up 4-3.

Hall of Famer Billy Williams hit a home run into the street (over the bleachers in right-field) with two-outs in the bottom of 5th... Cubs 5 Dodgers 3. Jim Brewer now pitching for the Dodgers.

8th Inning - Dodgers batting -with one out Bob Bailey doubled to right... Cub manager Leo Durocher brought in Phil Regan to replace starter Joe Niekro... "the Vulture" Regan retired both Jim Fairley and pinch-hitter Wes Parker on outfield flyouts... no runs.

Purdin and Kekich pitched the 8th... Beckert singled and took 2nd base on an error by Jim Lefebvre... Billy Williams was intentionally passed... runners on 1st and 2nd... Santo sacrificed - both runners advanced ... Ernie Banks was walked intentionally.. Spangler doubled Beckert and Williams scored ... Hundley bunted on a sacrifice hit - Spangler scored all-the-way from 2nd when the pitcher fell down attempting to field the ball. Cubs leading 8-3.

First Game Final Results: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-3

------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------- Second Game: Don Sutton pitching for the Dodgers and Ken Holtzman on the mound for the Cubs -

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Recap - Ken Holtzman bested future Hall of Famer 1-0 in the nite-cap of the doubleheader... Holtzman hurled a four-hit, complete game shutout and struck out ten Dodgers.

The Cubs scored the only run of the game in the last of The fifth on a single by Al Spangler and a double by Randy Hundley.

Sutton pitched seven-innings, allowed six-hits, 1-run. Jim Brewer pitched the 7th and 8th-innings, no-hits.

--------------------------------------------------------------------- So, the Cubs swept the Dodgers in the twin-bill, winning 8-3 and 1-0 - and as Ernie Banks would say, "Let's Play Two Today".

1968 Final Standing: The Cubs finished at 84-78, third in the NL while the Dodgers ended 78-86, eight place in the NL. During this era - there were 10 teams and only one division in the NL.





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